Monday, July 30, 2018

Bulldozers, Hoodoos, and Lunar Landscapes


I've been fortunate enough to be invited to housesit near Nelson, British Columbia, every other year. I usually drive straight through with just one overnight stop, but this year I decided to take it slowly and visit some parks along the way.


After 4-5 hours of driving past fields of flax, canola, and oil wells, it's surprising to see evergreen-covered hills in the distance and to arrive in the forests of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The wildflowers were stunning, and I definitely plan to come back.


My next stop was Red Rock Coulee near Medicine Hat, Alberta. Again, you're driving through fields lined with bales of hay when you head up a short hill and spy a maze of dry stream beds with large, round, red boulders scattered over the slopes. The ground was covered with fine white gravel and it truly felt like I could be on the moon.


I had already headed off the main road to reach Red Rock, so I continued along secondary highways to my next destination, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The secondary roads were in good condition and I was speeding along nicely until I reach highway 61. Signs said it was under construction, but that didn't worry me too much. I expected a few stretches of single-lane traffic with a pilot car to guide us through. No such luck! I ended up traversing 4 stretches of active construction with a bulldozer working on one side of me and a truck dumping gravel on the other. There I was trying to follow bulldozer tracks through churned-up lumps of dry dirt and wondering if I'd get stuck or what damage I was doing to the undercarriage. It was hair-raising, but my brave little car and I made it through unscathed!


Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is another magical landscape where water and time have sculpted the landscape into long stretches of hoodoos following a curving river bed. It was so much fun to follow the trails and admire the hoodoos from every possible direction.


This is a sacred site for the Blackfoot First Nation and you can still catch glimpses of the petroglyphs they carved many years ago.



I spent two nights in Beaver Mines near Pincher Creek and spent a happy couple of hours wandering the trails around Beauvais Lake.



There were so many different wildflowers and - even better - a pair of loons calling on the lake.


I'm now on the east shore of Kootenay Lake - lakes, mountains, chicory, and cedar and the satisfaction of returning to one of my special places.


I'll take the ferry later today to my housesit on the west side of the lake near Nelson.



Monday, July 23, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 23, 2018


Urban Ag Tours, July 28
CHEP Good Food and Saskatoon Food Council are hosting urban ag tours on July 28. Take in all or some of the stops – from hugelkultur to urban chickens.

Nutrition and Plant-Based Diets, Aug. 7 
Vesanto Melina, lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets will speak on Nutrition and Plant-Based Diets: Protein, Iron, and Zinc from 3-4:30 pm, Aug. 7, in Rm 1130 E-Wing, Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan. The talk is sponsored by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the Dietitians of Canada.

Slow Food Saskatoon AGM, Aug. 8 
Everyone is invited to attend Slow Food Saskatoon’s potluck supper and annual general meeting from 6-8 pm, Aug. 8, at the Lutheran Seminary on campus.

Vegan Potluck, Aug. 8 
There’s a vegan potluck supper planned for Aug. 8. Plant-based food options for everyone – not just vegans.


Stories from the Garden
Saskatoon Open Door Society has compiled a book of multicultural stories and recipes to share the experiences of more than 75 Newcomers to Saskatoon who are growing vegetables and community in Good Earth Family and Meadowgreen Community Gardens. The contributors and their recipes come from Nepal, Somalia, Burma, Bangladesh, and Syria.

“I love to garden here because it makes me feel happy to give life to something. I have seen a lot of life and property wasted as a result of war. I was happy when Saskatoon Open Door helped me to get a plot of land to garden here. I always feel content and proud when I go to the garden and see the seeds and seedlings I planted springing to life.” Halima, Somalia

“I cannot describe the feeling I get when I give some of my vegetables I harvest to friends because it makes me feel more than good coming from a country that has scarcity of food because of war.” Mya, Burma

“Putting seeds in my mouth and spitting them into the soil make it faster and a lot easier for me when gardening.” Shamina, Bangladesh

Gravelbourg Mustard 
Gravelbourg Mustard is in the news as one of the top 10 Canadian food and beverage companies to watch in 2018.

For the times, they are a'changing 
Canada’s food habits are changing. We’re eating fewer potatoes and more rice, bananas instead of apples, and wine instead of orange juice!


Heading West 
I’m heading west to housesit in Nelson, British Columbia, on the weekend so the next issue of Flavourful Saskatoon will be on August 7.

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, July 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 16, 2018


Seeing Orange with Chef Jenni, July 22
Chef Jenni will be dishing up a menu featuring seabuckthorn from 10 am-3 pm, July 22, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Pick Your Own Haskap Berries 
Call Sandra at (306) 749-7040 or (306)749-7782 if you want to pick haskap berries at Northern Lights Orchard, Birch Hills.

Pike Lake Farmers’ Market
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market vendors are at Pike Lake every Thursday from 10 am-2 pm.

Congratulations sweetsugarbean! 
Congratulations Renée Kohlman for being nominated for a Taste Canada Culinary Writing Award for All the Sweet Things.


From Cornwall to Mexico 
When Cornwall’s tin mines fell into decline, many of the miners headed to the silver mines in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico. They brought with them their tools and expertise but also the Cornish pasty.

“The pasty was popular with miners because it made a supremely practical packed lunch. The golden pastry was tough as a miner’s hands and prevented the precious filling from spilling out. The “crimp”, the folded edge that resembles a thick braid of hair, was designed so it could be held by dirty hands then thrown away after the main part of the pasty had been eaten. . . . It’s the filling that sets the Mexican paste apart from the Cornish pasty. A traditional Cornish filling is made from beef skirt, onion, turnip and diced potatoes. Mexican favourites include pineapple, tinga (shredded meat marinated with tomatoes and chipotle chillies) and mole (a green or red chilli and chocolate sauce).” 

Photos: City Park Community Garden

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, July 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 9, 2018


9 Mile Legacy, July 10 
Paul Seesequasis will be discussing an Indigenous archival photo project at 7:30 pm, July 10, at 9 Mile Legacy Tap Room.

Market News 
There are two new vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market – both Newcomers to Saskatoon sharing a taste of their homelands.



Good news for those of you who like to sleep in on Saturdays – the Market is now open until 3 pm.

Mexihco by La Bamba 
La Bamba has opened a sister restaurant, Mexihco, at 129 2nd Avenue North.

Wedding Bells 
If you’re looking for wedding favours with fabulous locally-made flavour, consider French macarons from Wild Serendipity Foods (salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, london fog, saskatoon berry, or elderflower lemon) or handmade marshmallows (layered raspberry and champagne with edible gold and toasted coconut) from Foodcraft by Sarah. Sarah lives in Swift Current but says the marshmallows are easy to ship.

Roast Cauliflower Leaves 
Who knew! Don’t throw those cauliflower leaves away – roast them and eat them!

Traditional Food 
A greenhouse and farmers’ market is enabling immigrant-grown food to be grown and sold locally in a Seattle suburb. The project addresses concerns about food insecurity and provides Newcomers with many of the foods they enjoyed in their home countries, such as spider plants and cow peas (black-eyed peas).

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, July 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 2, 2018


Our Farm
I shopped at Our Farm’s organic vegetable stand on Broadway on Saturday. As you can see from the photographs, they sell a wide range of beautiful vegetables and herbs. I was pleasantly surprised to learn they also make and sell soap and hand cream.

Frisk Market
Frisk Market, an all-vegan grocery store, is now open at 2209 Avenue C North.


Jenn Sharp – Flat Out Food
Jenn Sharp is hitting the road with photographer Richard Marjan to discover the best food Saskatchewan has to offer. She’ll be publishing a book telling the story of Saskatchewan’s food artisans in the spring of 2020 with Touchwood Editions. You can follow her travel adventures at Flat Out Food.

Wild Serendipity Foods, July 14
Wild Serendipity Foods will be back at the market July 14 with authentic French macarons and scones. She hopes to be back weekly after that date.

Stirring the Pot for Social Change
Immigrant and Indigenous cookbooks demonstrate that cooking can be an act of resistance as we engage with the communities around us.


Competitive Pricing
A Silicon Valley start-up wants to “democratize the agriculture industry by providing a digital platform where farmers can buy and sell products, compare prices among other subscribers and even analyze seed and agronomic data.” Nutrien plans to launch a competing program in July.

The Humble Cabbage
An article about the history of cabbage accompanies a series of photographs of workers harvesting cabbage by hand in California.

French Culinary Wars
You might think this was an April Fool’s Day joke – but it’s not. French butchers are “asking for police protection against violence from vegan ‘fanatics’ who have mounted a guerilla campaign of intimidation against them. The butchers, who represent 18,000 businesses, call veganism an ‘ideology’ based on ‘disinformation’ and ‘intimidation’, and condemn the ‘terrorism’ carried out by people who ‘want to impose their lifestyle on the majority of the people.”

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).