Flavourful Saskatoon, November 24, 2014

Christie's Bakery

Slow Food Salon, Nov. 30 
Slow Food Saskatoon is hosting a Slow Food Salon from 1-2:30 pm, Nov. 30, at the Agriculture Greenhouse (45 Innovation Blvd, across from the Synchrotron). Doug Waterer will introduce the U of S Vegetable Research Program, which provides commercial and hobby producers with information on production, handling and marketing of horticultural crops.

Riversdale Rumblings 
Riversdale Deli now has house-made mustard for sale.

Drift Sidewalk Café has a business license. I’m looking forward to the cafe/creperie opening on 19th Street (next to Escape Sports).

Thrive Juice Co. will be opening a store on 20th Street in January.

Saskatoon Food Council 
Gord Enns, Executive Director, Saskatoon Food Council, recently attended the annual meeting of Food Secure Canada. He will be part of a cross-Canada group that will be developing material for the upcoming election to ensure that MPs are aware of the importance of good food policies. Contact Gord if you would like more information.

Christie's Bakery

Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines 
Brazil has issued draft dietary guidelines (translated by Marion Nestle) that are refreshingly straight-forward:

1. Prepare meals from staple and fresh foods.
2. Use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation.
3. Limit consumption of ready-to-consume food and drink products
4. Eat regular meals, paying attention, and in appropriate environments.
5. Eat in company whenever possible.
6. Buy food at places that offer varieties of fresh foods. Avoid those that mainly sell products ready for consumption.
7. Develop, practice, share and enjoy your skills in food preparation and cooking.
8. Plan your time to give meals and eating proper time and space.
9. When you eat out, choose restaurants that serve freshly made dishes and meals. Avoid fast food chains.
10. Be critical of the commercial advertisement of food products.

How Much Arsenic is in your Rice? 
Depending on where they are grown, some types of rice contain much higher levels of inorganic arsenic than others. Rice from California, India and Pakistan have some of the lowest levels of arsenic. Inorganic arsenic is introduced into the water and soil through pesticides and drugs injected into animal feeds. Children are the most vulnerable and should only eat limited quantities. It makes no difference if the rice is organic or non-organic.

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