Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Armchair Detectives Circle the Globe

I seem to have been on a binge of reading mysteries that take place in foreign countries. If you enjoy mysteries and travel adventures, you may enjoy the following books.


Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions 
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano is a Felliniesque account of Auntie Poldi’s adventures when she retires to Sicily to drink herself to death. Auntie Poldi is larger than life (morning salutations in the nude on her roof-top patio, vodka for breakfast, photograph albums of traffic police – ah! men in uniform!) and so are her relatives and neighbours – the sad lady who owns the gelateria, the handsome police detective banished to Sicily for his misdeeds in Milan, the impoverished nobleman who quotes German poetry non-stop, and the businessman who may well be a member of the Mafia. I’ll be reading more of Giordano’s books.


Death in Sunset Grove 
If I’m even half as feisty when I’m 80 as these three old ladies in a Finnish retirement home, I’ll be very, very happy. The plot is absurd (evil retirement home managers, motorbike gangs, tram rides and funerals), but the characters in Death in Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren will have you marching out the door ready to tackle the neighbourhood bullies.


Dogstar Rising 
Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal brings modern-day Cairo to life – the poverty, the corruption, the miserable housing conditions. It’s also a tale of immigrants and the choices they make to survive in a foreign land. I’m not sure I’ll continue reading this series, but I did enjoy the insight it gave me into life in Cairo.


Murder on Brittany Shores 
Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec is a police procedural with a solid plot line. The detective is an outsider (from Paris) so you get an outsider’s perspective on Brittany from a German author who spends half the year in Brittany. The sea and Breton pride are front and centre. I plan to read more in this series.


A Very Pukka Murder 
A Very Pukka Murder by Arjun Raj Gaind is set in India in 1909. The hero, Sikander, Prince of Rajpore, with his attention to fashion, good wine, and manners reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey, but his frustration with British colonials in India turns that model on its head. The plot is convoluted with many possible suspects who Sikander gathers around his dining room table at the close of the book when all is revealed. Well worth reading. I’ll be looking for more in this series.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 18, 2018


Hearth Restaurant 
Hearth Restaurant is now open on Melrose Avenue just off Ruth Street. I interviewed the owners, Beth Rogers and Thayne Robstad, a few years ago.

Rosco’s Roti, June 23 
Rosco’s Roti is bringing Caribbean roti to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 23.

Haskap Days, July 5 & 6 
The University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program is offering a haskap school on July 5 and a field tour on July 6 for farmers and advanced gardeners.

Eating Dinner with Canada’s Migrant Workers
An interesting article about the daily lives of Canada’s migrant farm workers: “In 2017, about 43 percent of Canada’s 112,000 paid farmland workers were migrants. For the people we import to work our fields, food not only provides a livelihood but is also essential for maintaining their mental health, for surviving in isolation from their homes and families.”


On the Bookshelf 
I’ve just finished reading Godforsaken Wines: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson. It’s an interesting mix of travelogue, encounters with small-scale winery owners, and tastings of wines I’d never heard of before. It’s worth reading if you’re intrigued by the history and culture of European wine-growing.

I’m planning to read The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young after reading a review, which states, “Rosamund reveals that cows have visual memories which they can associate with unpleasant experiences, and are acutely sensitive to vibrations, sounds, sights and smells. The book includes a list of 20 things you should know about cows, including that they babysit for each other, invent games, take umbrage, nurse grudges and can love music.”

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 11, 2018


Market News: BC Cherries & Goat Cheese 
Little Quail Ridge Orchards will be back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 16 with cherries!! I’m also looking forward to trying the goat cheese from Hal Jadeske.

Edible & Medicinal Plants in your Garden, June 27
LichenNature will be offering a workshop on edible and medicinal plants in your garden from 6-8 pm, June 27, at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre's Garden Patch.

Mission Hill Going Organic
Mission Hill Winery is transitioning all its vineyards, a tenth of the Okanagan’s grape-producing land, to organic. The viticulture manager recognizes that this will take a shift in philosophy: “You can farm organically with a conventional mindset,” he says. “You can spray just as much using organic chemicals, but the way we are looking at it is not just about farming conventionally using organic products, it is about getting the land working healthily for us.” 

Bridging the Summer Gap for Hungry Kids
Summer can be hard for kids who rely on school food programs. 198 libraries in California will be offering a Lunch at the Library program this year to help bridge the summer gap. Other states are following their lead.

Eat More Weeds 
Dandelions, for instance, are a rich source of potassium and a good source of other minerals and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. Your average lettuce leaf can’t compete with that.”

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 4, 2018


Wine Tasting, June 6 
Ingredients Artisan Market is hosting an impromptu (and free) wine tasting from 3-6 pm, June 6.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty, June 7 
Join Dr. Priscilla Settee and Ms. Jenni Schrenk for a shared meal and a talk on traditional Indigenous food systems at 7 pm, June 7. The meal includes fish.

Snowy Village Saskatoon 
Michelle Zimmer of Wild Serendipity Foods says the bingsoo at Snowy Village Saskatoon are delicious. Bingsoo (bingsu) is a Korean Shaved Ice that is loaded with sweetened condensed milk, fruit, chocolate, and other goodies.

Tea Time Party Service 
Michelle also told me about Tea Time Party Service. From china tea cups to fair trade tea, dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes, Shenuka, the owner, brings everything to your home. All you have to do is invite your friends, sit back, and relax. Shenuka’s family immigrated from Sri Lanka where tea and tea production are an important part of culture and industry. By sharing her love of tea, she stays connected to her homeland.

Native Vegetables & Community Unity in Tanzania 
I was born in Tanzania so this article about a woman who has worked hard to promote indigenous vegetables was of particular interest to me. I remember eating squash leaves when I visited Tanzania 15 years ago, and I’ve always wondered if we could be doing the same – the answer appears to be yes.


Old-Timer Vegetarian Rant 
I’ve been vegetarian for 35 years. Being vegetarian was less common in those days and there were fewer vegetarian restaurants or ready-made meals. But that wasn’t a problem! I was living in Ottawa where there was a wealth of international restaurants, which offered all sorts of vegetarian options. I bought cookbooks that introduced me to different ways of preparing food – zucchini sandwiches, West African peanut stew . . . the list goes on and on. Suddenly vegetables were the central feature of my meals and I loved it.

I’m thrilled to see more people becoming vegetarian or vegan, but I’m also concerned by an emphasis on eating meat substitutes. Veggie burgers are great, but I don’t want one that bleeds – it doesn’t even have to taste or chew like meat – it just has to be flavourful and nutritious. I worry that coconut yogurt contains next to no protein – it may taste like a vegan substitute for yogurt, but they don’t offer the same nutritional value.

I've eaten at two vegan restaurants recently. In both cases, I really enjoyed the meal, but I won't be returning any time soon. I had a flavourful pad thai at Seasoned Fusion Tastes, but apart from a few bean sprouts, it contained absolutely no vegetables. Instead, the focus was on meat substitutes, which are highly processed from unknown ingredients. Where are the authentic plant-based protein options, such as tofu, tempeh, beans, and nuts? Gud Eats offers fun fast food, great for an occasional treat but certainly not on a regular basis. My go-to vegetarian restaurant will remain Nosh Eatery & Tap, which offers far healthier options.

It’s a brave step to become vegetarian or vegan, but it’s time to be bold! Grab some Saskatchewan-grown lentils, throw some beans in a pot with lots and lots of locally-grown vegetables and explore all the different international spice options.

Photos: Dishes served at Nosh Eatery & Tap

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 28, 2018


Whipping It Up in the Market Kitchen, June-August 
Kids are invited to attend hour-long drop-in cooking classes at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 10 am-2 pm, June 3, 10, 17, & 24; July 8 & 15; and Aug. 19 & 26.

Rhubarb Party & Contest, June10 
The fresh fruits and vegetables are beginning to arrive at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. I picked up asparagus, spinach, radishes, and red peppers on Saturday.

June 10, from 12-2 pm, it will be Rhubarb Time! at the Market. Sample the treats and enter the contest with prizes for biggest rhubarb leaf, tastiest rhubarb preserve, and tastiest traditional or non-traditional recipe.

Chef Jenni 
Jenn Sharp interviewed Chef Jenni for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Check it out.


Picaro
I had an excellent meal at Picaro on Thursday night. They have Parkerview Kombucha on tap along with lots of local beers, and the veg taco (roasted cauliflower, almond guajillo, ancho eggplant puree, sesame pickled cucumber, sliced almonds) was very tasty. Picaro uses lots of local ingredients, many from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market which is just around the corner. I had a chocolate tart made with avocado chocolate from Those Girls at the Market.


Recipe for a Healthy Diet 
An interesting article about how following a particular diet (e.g. Mediterranean) won’t necessarily make you healthy. “To solve childhood obesity will take more than fads – it will take the transformation of the whole food system. It will mean controls on advertising junk food to children and money for schools to promote exercise. It will take educating children not just to cook food but to grow food. It will mean a system of agriculture that rewards farmers for growing healthy food. It will mean creating local networks so that families can access seasonal and fresh food. It will mean examining our work culture to find time to exercise and to cook. And it will mean remembering how to eat together as families and friends.”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 21, 2018


U of S Fruit Program Plant Sale, June 1 
The U of S Fruit Program is holding a plant sale from 9 am-2 pm, June 1. They’ll have everything from fruit trees to ornamentals.

Food Not Bombs, June 2 
Food Not Bombs Saskatoon will be serving a free vegan meal at City Hall from 11 am-12:30 pm, June 2. They're looking for plastic containers, and I'm sure they could do with more volunteers. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to social change. They serve free vegetarian meals to the hungry and protest against war and poverty.

Yoga & Beer, June 16 
Enjoy yoga and beer at a fundraiser for yoga in northern communities on June 16 at High Key Brewing Co.

D & P Bakery 
D & P Bakery were selling Venezuelan baked goods at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday. I tried the Coconut Chocolate Cake and the Larense Cake (aka Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake). Both of them were moist and flavourful. I’m looking forward to trying more of their products once they’ve established themselves as a regular Market vendor.

Darkside Donuts 
Rumour (aka Twitter) has it that Bryn Rawlyk (The Night Oven Bakery) is starting up a new business – Darkside Donuts: “Give the people what they want. The people want donuts.” Bryn sets high standards and uses only the best ingredients, so the donuts are sure to be excellent.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Springtime in Saskatoon


Oh, Saskatoon! You are very lovely in the springtime.

Golden Bean


Our neighbours are professional engineers (beaver dam)



Caragana - a homesteading favorite


Saskatoon wouldn't be complete without its pelicans

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Food and Nature: Saskatoon's 2018 NatureCity Festival


I’m looking forward to the upcoming NatureCity Festival sponsored by Wild About Saskatoon from May 22-27. There will be over 50 events hosted by over 40 different organizations. Quite a few of the events focus on the connections between food and nature plus a number of local restaurants are offering a “taste of nature.”

Events 
Plant the Saskatoon Seed Library – May 23, 7-8:30 pm (heirloom seed planting, saving, and sharing)

Grow Where You’ve Never Grown Before – May 24, 12-1 pm (The askiy project engages both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in urban agriculture)

All About Honey Bees, Urban Beekeeping, Pollination – May 24, 4:30-6 pm (Join Jeff Boone, urban beekeeper, and take a peek at a display hive)

The Story of Soil: How Soil Biology Supports Life on Earth – May 24, 6-7:30 pm (Join Saskatoon Compost Coaches at the Garden Patch to find out what’s going on under the surface of the soil)

Acres to Ales – May 24, 7:30-8:30 pm (Taste 9 Mile Legacy Brewing’s latest brew made with local SK ingredients and enjoy a talk highlighting the connection between farmers, maltsters, and the beer)

Path to Wild Food – May 25, 9:30-11 am (Learn about wild foods and “nature’s pharmacy” during a walk at Wanuskewin)

Bike the Moveable Feast – May 26, 5-8 pm (cycle to unexpected locations to enjoy food catered by Chef Jenni and Freshdish Catering)

Agriculture Roundtable – May 27, 4-6 pm (share your stories and questions about urban agriculture, different cultural farming practices, and how agriculture relates to ecology)


Taste of Nature 
Eight local restaurants will be offering a nature-inspired dish during the 2018 NatureCity Festival: Calories, d’Lish by Trish, Drift Café and Vista Lounge, Nosh Eatery and Tap, Odd Couple, Picaro, Primal, The Hollows, and UNA Pizza + Wine. And, of course, there will be local beer at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing.

You can also purchase a NatureCity Growler.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 14, 2018


Orofino Wines, May 30 
Sample a selection of Orofino’s wines with winemaker John Weber from 7-9 pm, May 30, at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Sukh in the melon patch

Little Quail Ridge Orchards 
Sarah Galvin, a vendor at the Swift Current & District Farmers’ Market visited Dhillon and Sukh from Little Quail Ridge Orchards in the Okanagan. Little Quail bring their fruit to both the Saskatoon and Swift Current markets. Sarah writes a regular column on food and agriculture for The Western Producer. (photos of Sukh and unripe cherries are by Sarah Galvin)

Soon (but not soon enough!) we'll have fresh ripe cherries at the farmers' market

Square Cup Café & Prairie Pie Company 
Maduro Coffee is now selling coffee by the cup at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Square Cup Café. The Prairie Pie Company has switched to selling only frozen products – but that includes Mary’s full line of single-serving pies and 3 kinds of soup.


Kombucha & Honey 
In addition to all their fabulous baked goods, The Night Oven Bakery also sells housemade kombucha. I highly recommend the Kitako Lake Honey they sell. It’s the most flavourful honey I’ve ever purchased and well worth the price. Kitako Lake Honey, based near Lac Vert, SK, “aims to offer delicious, high quality honey. Willingness to experiment, open mindedness and a high level of respect for our bees are the foundations on which Kitako Lake operates.”

Composting at the Market 
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is composting and recycling to reduce waste. They’re part of Loraas Disposal Services’ pilot compost trial, which means even paper products and proteins can be composted.


Food in Your Backyard 
Go foraging in your backyard – dandelion, plantain, violets, and chickweed.

Incredible Edible 
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Israel, Palestine, Colombia, and Brazil, groups are following the example set by two women in Todmorden, England, and planting free food. “The Toddies didn’t set out to start a food-growing revolution, they wanted to bring their small town together at a difficult time. . . . But the real culture change is about kindness. There’s no need to be a victim in this trumped up shitty time. People doing stuff for each other, for their town, bringing a tiny bit of joy – that’s important. With each person contributing a tiny bit, you can do huge things.”

Cheap Nature + Cheap Labour = Chicken Nuggets 
An extract from A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore describes chicken nuggets as a symbol of our times. The article outlines the role industry, politicians, and capitalism have played in shaping our current food system. New, more “efficient” breeds of chickens and turkeys, prison and migrant labour, monocultures, and superweeds – it’s a disturbing look at how far we’ve come from growing our own food.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Beer, Cows, and Pancakes


Books that combine food and travel are some of my favorites. Here are three that I’ve just finished reading and would highly recommend.


My Beer Year 
Lucy Burningham enjoys drinking beer and, living in Portland, she’s in the right place as there are so many micro-breweries. She decides to expand her knowledge and understanding of beer by spending a year studying to become a Certified Cicerone (beer expert).

My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training is very readable. You feel like you’re sitting down chatting with the author as she recounts her home brewing experiences, her visits to breweries and hop farms, and travels. My favorite part of the book was the last third which describes in detail her visit to Belgium and Germany where she tries to uncover the essence of Belgian and German beer.

You don’t have to enjoy beer to enjoy this book. But if you do enjoy beer, be sure to have some on hand to drink while you read.


The Milk Lady of Bangalore
I knew that cows were sacred in India, but I didn’t fully realize their importance until I read The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan. The author was born in India but had spent many years in the United States. She wants her daughters to know their grandparents and experience Indian culture, so the family moves to southern India. They arrive at their new home to find the elevator blocked by a cow heading up to bless the home of a family that had just moved in. That’s just the start.

Through her friendship with the woman who sells milk straight from the cow across the street, she learns that drinking cow urine can ward off diabetes, while cow dung works as a mosquito repellent and can make you smarter and less depressed. If you’re buying a cow, check the whorls in its hair as they depict its personality.

It’s a fascinating book that reminded me of how much we don’t know and how much we stand to gain by being even a fraction as generous as people, who often have very little, can be.


Pancakes in Paris 
Craig Carlson falls in love with Paris as a university exchange student. But there’s one thing missing – an American breakfast complete with hash browns and pancakes. He dreams of opening an American-style diner in Paris – and eventually he does. When you read about his troubles with hiring and firing staff and dealing with health inspectors and the like, you’ll admire his courage in keeping on going in the face of tremendous odds. Pancakes in Paris is well worth reading if you’re interested in food, Paris, or entrepreneurial challenges.

On a related theme, it appears that pancakes are the latest food fetish.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 7, 2018


Wild Serendipity Foods, May 12
Wild Serendipity Foods will be at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market on May 12 with scones, macarons, and gift boxes for Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Plant Sale, May 13
Head to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Mother’s Day for brunch hosted by Riverbend Plantation Market Café, a plant sale, and various other activities.


Jazz & Cider, May 30
Join Maurice Drouin, jazz pianist, at The Glen at Crossmount on May 30 for an evening of Jazz & Cider.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is back outdoors. Be sure to get there early to pick up a bouquet of locally grown tulips from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens. Don’t miss the sprouts from Green Cycle City Farm, and tomatoes from Grandora Gardens. If you’re planting a garden, take a look aat Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company’s native plants and heirloom tomatoes.


Around Britain by Cake
If you’re an avid anglophile or a curious baker, this book is for you. In Around Britain by Cake, Caroline Taggart travels the country, talking to bakers about regional specialty cakes. Some are to be expected – Eccles Cakes, Parkin, and Chelsea Buns – but others are less well known – for example, Brighton Buttons, Godcakes, and Dorset Knobs. Be prepared for multiple variations on a theme involving pastry, raisins/currants, and spices and lots of recipes.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 30, 2018


Learn and Play Café 
Two young women are opening a kid-friendly café at 441-34th Street East. Learn and Play Café will have food both adults and kids will enjoy, organized activities three times a day, and classes, such as yoga and painting, that parents can enjoy alongside their kids. It sounds like fun.

Prairie Sun Moves to Broadway 
Prairie Sun Brewery hopes to move a microbrewery and restaurant onto the former site of the Farnham Block by this winter.

Tsampa 
You don’t have to head to India to eat tsampa. Daybreak Mill sells traditional tsampa made from their own barley that that is sprouted, roasted, and blended with rolled barley flakes and just a touch of Himalayan Sea Salt. The Dalai Lama starts his day with tsampa mixed with tea and butter made from yak’s milk (cow’s milk butter can be substituted if you don’t have a handy neighbourhood yak).

Piece a’ Pizza 
Una Pizza & Wine was packed last Monday evening. I enjoyed the pizza. Maybe next time it will be warm enough to eat outside on their patio.

Almost Vegan 
You know that a vegan diet is coming into its own when you read about an almost-vegan restaurant critic. Three cheers for chefs and critics who recognize that a classy meal doesn’t have to involve meat.
 
That’s Not Waste – It’s Good Food
A Vancouver social enterprise plans to take surplus produce and turn it into new food products that will be distributed to food bank members and eventually sold.

In the UK, Marks & Spencer will soon be selling beer made from surplus bread from a sandwich factory. And in case you did a double take at the idea of a sandwich factory – Marks & Spencer sells 92.7 million pre-packaged sandwiches a year – and they’re just one of many businesses offering ready-to-eat lunches.

Food for Bookworms
Food Tank is recommending 20 new books about food and agriculture this spring. I’d be interested in reading about the lost crops of Africa, the Italian town that banned pesitcides, and the wildcrafting brewer.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 23, 2018


What could be nicer than sunshine and brunch with a good friend at City Perks Coffee Shop!

Living Sky Café Reopens, May 4 
Living Sky Café is re-opening at a downtown location (245 3rd Ave. S) on May 4.

Saskatoon Berries, Food Carts, and Spoken Word, May 5 
Join AKA Artist-Run and CHEP Good Food Inc. for the launch of Locals Only on May 5. Locals Only is a multi-year art project exploring food security, community-led resource development, and intergenerational exchange. This summer’s activities include re-indigenizing Riversdale’s ecology by planting Saskatoon Berry shrubs and mobile art and food carts. The launch includes an afternoon spoken word and Indigenous plant teachings workshop.

Mother’s Day Tea Party, May 13
The Glen at Crossmount is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party with a Mary Poppins/Alice in Wonderland theme (music, costumes, special guests) from 2-4 pm, May 13.



Such an elegant way to serve tea from Camellia Sinensis, my favorite provider of loose tea - thank you City Perks!

Eat North Rising Awards, May 20
Grade 12 high school students and full-time post-secondary students are invited to submit fictional stories in three categories (culinary, food service, and agricultural production) by May 20 for a chance to win one of Eat North’s inaugural Rising Awards.

Driven by Curiosity
Mediamatic, a creative think tank based in Amsterdam, looks at food through the lens of art to come up with innovative and even surprising ideas around sustainability. They’re making bowls out of fungus, reading Tolstoy to cabbages, and inviting visitors to solder their own robotic insects.

World’s Largest Oregano Producer 
Take a look and listen to the president of what may well be the world’s largest oregano processing facility.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 16, 2018


Tea on Broadway
Broadway has some great independent coffee shops. Venn Coffee Roasters faces a back alley so it’s quiet. They roast their own coffee; their baked goods are from The Night Oven; and they offer a touch of European class with tiny biscuits served alongside your cup of tea or coffee.

Museo Coffee is an old favorite and a perfect place for a quiet chat with a friend. They fill their cups to the brim!

Support the Local Economy – Buy Directly From a Farmer
A UC Davis study has found that “a dollar spent buying directly from a farmer has about twice the impact on the local economy as spending a dollar on food that goes through a middleman—a supermarket, for example. There are all kinds of reasons for that: Farmers who sell directly to consumers tend to buy more supplies locally, which can benefit seed and equipment sellers in the area; and they also tend to hire more local labor, which in turn benefits in the community.” One more good reason to shop at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Turning Surplus Food into Gold
Entrepreneurs are turning surplus food into opportunity – from avocado pit tea to snack bars made from spent brewer’s grain. Philadelphia’s largest food bank is partnering with farmers to make cheese from surplus milk.

You have to watch your terminology though. Upcycled surplus food will appeal to consumers, but “If you put ‘food waste’ on package they’ll feel like they’re getting trash.”


Instant Tea 
Many of us have switched from tea bags to loose tea, but there’s something new/old on the horizon – instant crystallized tea, “an ancient method for turning tea leaves into a form of medicine through a process of boiling and reduction known as Cha Gao, or tea paste.” The founder of Pique Tea wants to “to deliver on the health benefits and the quality parameters of loose leaf tea, combined with the convenience of something that’s in a crystal form.”

Movies 
Roman gladiators, gorillas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have two things in common: super-powered strength and a plant-based diet. The Game Changers is one man’s quest to debunk the myth that you have to eat meat to be strong and healthy.

Jean-Marc Roulot, is an actor and a winemaker. As actor, script consultant, and technical adviser, he set out to ensure that Back to Burgundy was authentic.

What Should I Read? 
If you’re wondering what to read next, Eater recommends 4 memoirs and a handful of other food-focused books.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 9, 2018


Green Cycle City Farm 
Green Cycle City Farm has just joined the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. They’ll be selling a range of vegetables they’ve grown in the city, without chemicals, and transported to the Market by bicycle. They say they are “passionate about sustainability and committed to keeping our operations as green as possible from packaging to transportation.”

Fresh Local Tomatoes? Yes, Please! 
The best kind of news! Grandora Gardens says there may be cherry tomatoes at next weekend’s Farmers’ Market.

City-wide Food Drive, May 5 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a city-wide food drive on May 5. Most wanted items are infant formula, whole-grain pastas and cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans and meat, 100% fruit juice, hearty soups and stews, and gluten-free foods.


How Organic Wine Finally Caught On 
The demand for organic food has grown exponentially, but the same can’t be said for organic wine. The situation is beginning to change as individuals seek out local, artisan wines with as few added chemicals as possible.

A Cow-Free Dairy Industry 
Perfect Day has developed a type of yeast that ferments sugar to produce the same proteins found in cow’s milk. These can then be turned into milk and cheese that taste identical to products made with cow milk.

Tucson Models Affordable Food Access 
Tucson was named UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015, not because of its gourmet restaurants but because it’s addressing the community’s food security and food justice needs. “Because of protective farming traditions that span the last 4,000 years, more than 2,000 edible plant varieties thrive in Tucson—from prickly pears to mesquite pods and Pima Lima beans.” That tradition is being carried forward by community gardens, seed-saving co-ops, and the food bank.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 2, 2018


Plant Hustle, Apr. 8 
Nosh Eatery & Tap is hosting a pop-up market selling Nosh original products such as their vegan cheese on Sunday, April 8, at 10:30 am.

World Malbec Day Celebrations, Apr. 13 & 14
Celebrate World Malbec Day on Apr. 13 and 14 with Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Rum, Apr. 21 
Catch up on rum’s dark and stormy past while sipping some great rums on Apr. 21 at Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Saskatoon Brewery Tours 
Visit three of Saskatoon’s microbreweries on a microbrewery tour that includes beer, cider, American whiskey, and gin.


Living Sky Winery 
Living Sky wines are now available online. You can also purchase gift cards.

Childhood Obesity 
A recent study by Saskatoon researchers notes that children living in walkable, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods have a smaller waist measurement and a lower body mass index.

Pea Protein 
Civil Eats has put together a primer on pea protein, with an overview of farming and production  as well as a comparison with other plant proteins such as soy and almonds.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).