Monday, October 30, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 30, 2017

Lots of flowers for sale at Quillan market prior to All Saint's Day

Congratulations! 
Congratulations, Chef Jenni, on winning Silver in Saskatoon’s Gold Medal Plates with a vegetarian main course!

Prairie Pours, Nov. 18 
The Glen at Crossmount is hosting Prairie Pours from 6-10 pm, Nov. 18. You can taste everything from Saskatchewan kombucha and coffee to beer and cider.

French Wines, Nov. 24 
Sample wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux in the company of Export Director Guillaume Blisson of Maison Gabriel Meffre and Winemaker Pierre Jhean of Maison Henri de Villamont on Nov. 24 at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. You can find out more about these wine regions and wineries in my 2014 interview.

Toad Lane Market 
Toad Lane Market, Saskatoon’s newest market where everything is grown or made by the vendors, is looking for your input for next year. Where do you think they should be located? What hours would work best for you? What other advice can you give them as they become established?

Reply to their survey (if you can open it; I couldn't) or send them a message on their Facebook page.


Falafel Wrap 
I had the most amazing falafel wrap from Quillan market yesterday. It was huge and absolutely packed with vegetables. Along with the grated red and white cabbage, onion, and carrot there were cooked carrot slices and curried cauliflower florets, and a spicy red pepper sauce along with the tahini. And I'm probably forgetting some of the ingredients. So don't be shy - throw in a few extra ingredients the next time you make a falafel wrap!

Ancient Corn 
“There is nothing quite like a good tortilla. Unfortunately, almost no one in the U.S. has ever had a good, authentic tortilla—handmade, still warm from the comal it’s been cooked on, from landrace corn grown, nixtamalized, and ground nearby, often by the very same hands making the tortillas.”

Italian Tomatoes 
You may want to think twice about buying a tin of Italian tomatoes. Two of the largest brands sold in the UK (and possibly in Canada?) use tomatoes picked under miserable working conditions.

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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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 23, 2017


Our Farm CSA
Our Farm is organically certified and grows a wide variety of different vegetables. Sign up now to receive a weekly selection of vegetables from July to October. “It is like having your own garden without the work and veggies showing up fresh picked and in season!”

Cooking Classes
Ah, home-made apple strudel! Simon’s Fine Foods offers such a wide assortment of cooking classes – from apple strudel, Italian torrone, and Christmas cookies to a Moroccan or Spanish meal. There are also pizza and beer or parent and child classes. Sign up yourself or offer someone else a gift certificate.

Slow Food Canada National Meeting, Apr. 19-22
A heads-up for those of you who are interested in food that is good, clean, and fair – Slow Food Saskatoon is hosting the national meeting of Slow Food Canada from Apr. 19-22. Give Slow Food Saskatoon a shout if you would like to help organize the event and be sure to set aside those dates to meet people from across Canada and go on some really interesting field trips.

Gratitude
I continue to be profoundly grateful to the farmers and producers who work crazy hours and take exceptional risks to provide us with good food to eat. I was buying organic goat cheese from a local farmer Saturday morning and she told me that the freshest cheese had been made that morning (there were two others that had been aged for longer periods of time) – and I’m assuming that first she had milked the goats. It was only 10 o’clock in the morning, but she had already put in a full day.

What I’m Thinking: Supermarket Checkout Operator
“I make no judgments about your shopping; your eight cans of lager a day, your chocolate habit, your inability to resist doughnuts, your reliance on sliced white and spread. . . . Sometimes, some of you don’t see us, and after 10 hours of scanning and beeping, your refusal to acknowledge me is upsetting. Carry on your phone conversation, nurture your bad mood, be irritated by not finding what you wanted, and I will carry on smiling. But deny my existence as a person and you will wreck my day.”

Syrian Bakers
Refugees face so many hurdles, and they don’t even have the comfort of familiar food or the ability to carry on in their chosen profession, as a baker, for example. “If you want to destroy a culture, the earth-scorching Romans knew, destroy not only its armies, but also its food sources and traditions.”


Heritage Apples
I am tired of being offered Gala apples no matter what country I live in. We have lost so much of the variety of our heritage fruit through standardization. I am thrilled to learn that Perry Court Farm in Kent, England, grows 150 different varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a taste test and compare one apple or pear to another!

Photo credit: London Farmers’ Markets Facebook page

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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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mediterranean Perpignan


It’s only a short distance from Quillan in the foothills of the Pyrénées to Perpignan near the Mediterranean coast, but the climate changes dramatically. From forested foothills and tight mountain passes, you pass through villages dedicated entirely to the production of wine, finally arriving in the major urban centre of Perpignan.


Step out the door of the train station and you are greeted by a boulevard of 19th-century bourgeois mansions lined with palm trees. There is bougainvillea blooming by the river in the middle of October.


The city of Perpignan has been in existence since Roman times, but its golden age was 1276-1344 when it was the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca, a kingdom that encompassed parts of both Spain and France.


Perpignan is very close to the Spanish border and many residents consider themselves to be citizens of Catalonia. The Catalan colours were flying on the Castelet when I was there, and all the street signs are in French and Catalan.


The city has close ties with both Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. The shopping centre next to the TGV railway station is entitled El Centre del Mon or the Centre of the World because Dali, in an ecstatic experience, declared that the train station was the centre of the universe.

The newly-renovated art gallery (Musée des Beaux Arts Hyacinthe Rigaud) was previously a privately-owned mansion and Picasso stayed here on various occasions from 1954 to 1956. The gallery is well worth visiting and I plan to go back as I only had time and energy to take in the Picasso exhibit.


It takes a couple of visits to become familiar with the layout of the old city, which consists of several large squares and a large number of narrow streets and alleyways.


There was a small market in the Place de la République, and I loved the colourful display of tins of tea in the Kusmi store.


I recommend lunch at the Crêperie du Théâtre, especially the salted caramel dessert crêpe! Owned and run by a young couple, they serve local, organic, fair trade dishes for a very reasonable price.



For additional photographs, see Perpignan à Noël.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 16, 2017



Napa Valley Wine Tasting, Oct. 21
Ingredients Artisan Market is hosting a tasting of 4 wines from Copper Cane Vineyard in Napa Valley starting at 2 pm, Oct. 21.

Portuguese & Spanish Wine Tasting, Oct. 21
Sample wines from Medeiros and Ego Bodegas wineries at Sobey’s Liquor, Stonebridge, from 12-1 pm, Oct. 21.

Powered by Love, Oct. 24-26
Grandmothers to Grandmothers are hosting book launches in Saskatoon (Oct. 24), Swift Current (Oct. 25), and Regina (Oct. 26) for Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa.

Fall Beer Dinner, Oct. 25
Enjoy a four-course meal paired with beers from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing at the Cathedral Social Hall on Oct. 25.

Güd Eats
Güd Eats, showcasing crave-worthy plant-based eats, is opening a storefront restaurant at 2917 Early Drive (formerly Prairie Harvest Cafe) at the end of October. They will still run their food truck with a limited menu next summer.


Fabulous Faba
Higher in protein than peas and lentils, faba beans are grown in Saskatchewan and, like all legumes, enrich the soil. Faba beans were “a staple food of the Romans. It’s quite possible they conquered the Mediterranean and beyond because they had more protein,” says Bert Vandenberg, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Genetic Improvement of Lentils at the U of S.

Hospital Food
Check out these articles about hospital food and nutrition in the latest issue of Nourish Health Care’s newsletter.

Upcoming Food Trends
From purple cauliflowers and carrots to sour beer and gooey vegetarian sandwiches, here are 12 upcoming food trends according to Food 52.

Underground Chinese Food
If you want authentic Chinese food, check out the sichu, underground Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.

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, October 9, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 10, 2017


World Food Day, Oct. 16 
The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation is hosting a World Food Day event from 6:30-9 pm, Oct. 16, at Station 20 West. Nettie Wiebe will talk about switching the menu from land-grabbing, migration, and food insecurity to food sovereignty.

A similar event is being held in Regina on Oct. 15.

Eating While Travelling Alone, Oct. 19 
Food writer and solo traveller, Noelle Chorney, will talk about her experiences combining her two greatest passions – great food and travelling – at 2 pm, Oct. 19, at the Mayfair Library.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Oct. 21 
Support CHEP Good Food at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Oct. 21. There’ll be great food donated by local producers and you can take your handmade pottery bowl home with you.

Menu for Change 
Join Slow Food International in raising your fork against climate change. Take the Eat Local Challenge and support Meatless Monday from Oct. 16-Nov. 5.

Rozendal Vinegar
Rozendal Vinegar is good enough to drink – and it’s now available online from Doug Reichel Wine Marketing with free shipping in October.

From Consumers to Food Citizens 
“Sat around the table, breaking bread with our neighbours in traditional fashion, we ask the questions that are the business of the citizen. Does everyone have enough to eat? Are we producing healthy food? Are we caring for the soil and our wildlife, and are we rewarding our farmers, processors and cooks fairly? Are we bringing up the next generation with the skills and awareness they will need to feed themselves properly? We consider what sort of food system we want to see in our town, and ask ourselves how we might help that to happen.”

History through Squash
The history of squash is the history of culinary culture – from 13th century monastery gardens to 1980s patty pan and millennium butternut and turban.


Okanagan’s Natural Wines
Natural wines are on a roll in the Okanagan with wines fermented in concrete amphora from Haywire, Cedar Creek, Laughing Stock, and others to biodynamic wine from Summerhill and wild fermented/unfiltered wine from Tantalus. I can vouch for Haywire’s natural wine – it’s fantastic.

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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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Montpellier Street Scenes


I spent one-and-a-half jetlagged days in Montpellier, France, and loved every minute of it. I had a tiny apartment on the roof - it was so much fun having a terrace with a view.


Montpellier has a huge pedestrianized city centre. Cyclists and motorbikes zigzag through as well, but it's definitely a place where pedestrians are the priority. And there were crowds and crowds of them.


There are all sorts of narrow, winding alleyways. . .



. . . and interesting stores - I never did find my way back to the ones I'd hoped to visit. But I did find the huge bookstore!



Montpellier is known for its street art. Here are just a few examples.