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.

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.”

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, 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.

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).

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.”

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.

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).

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.

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).