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. 

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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.

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, 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.

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 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.

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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.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 26, 2018


It All Depends on the Weather 
It’s hard to believe that last year I purchased locally grown tulips from Kaleidoscope Gardens in the middle of April. That certainly won’t happen this year with the continuing snowfall and cold temperatures. Adi says the tulips have only just popped out of the ground and it will be another 3-4 weeks before they flower.

It’s a real challenge for farmers to cope with unpredictable weather, so let’s make sure we don’t complain if our seasonal favorites are a little later than usual.

Fresh Cukes!
Grandora Gardens is back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market with fresh cucumbers. They also have hot pepper jelly and dried spices.


Beer Makes You Smarter 
9 Mile Legacy Brewing is hosting a series of talks:
March 27, 7:30 pm – Ernie Walker, Local Archaeology & Wanuskewin
April 24, 7:30 pm – Jeff O’Brien, Temperance & Prohibition
May 15, 7:30 pm – Dianne Wilson, Early Riversdale Business

9 Mile Legacy Turns 3
9 Mile Legacy Brewing turns 3 on April 15 and you’re invited to join the celebration.

Gangsters Italian Sandwiches 
Gangsters Italian Sandwiches is opening at 816 16th Street W (corner of Spadina and Avenue H) on May 10 – takeout and patio only.

Youth Cooking Camps
The Local Kitchen is listing all sorts of fun cooking programs for kids this summer. I like the sound of Pirate (Caribbean) food.

From Waste to Fresh Vegetables
I was delighted to learn that Our Farm recycles about 1000 pounds of organic waste into compost every week with supplies from their partners at Dad’s Organic Market, The Night Oven Bakery, and Venn Coffee Roasters.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 19, 2018


Global Food Security, Mar. 19 
Dr. Maurice Moloney, Executive Director & CEO, Global Institute for Food Security, will speak on Global Food Security: Not Just Quantity but Quality at 7 pm, Mar. 19.

Easter Dinner at Friendship Inn 
Saskatoon Friendship Inn is looking for volunteers to help with their Easter meal.

Easter Egg Hunt, Mar. 31 
Make sure your kids don’t miss the Easter Egg Hunt at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 11 am – 1:30 pm, Mar. 31.

Love those Vegetables!
Chain Reaction Urban Farm is offering 20 weeks of bulk deliveries of fresh produce to groups (friends, neighbours, workmates) with at least 8 members. The deadline for group memberships is March 31.

Chain Reaction has also set up a Vegetable Academy with tools, methods, and resources to help you grow your own food.


Nuts for Cheese
I made an impulse purchase at Dad’s Organic Market on Saturday – a Smoky Artichoke and Herb Cashew-based Vegan Cheese made in southern Ontario by Nuts for Cheese. On looking at the bill, I discovered it was super expensive (don’t ask!), but it’s so tasty that I may well buy it again. It spreads well, has lots and lots of flavour, and is made from real food not chemicals. I highly recommend it.

Regenerative Organic Certification 
As organic food has become more popular, its production has expanded from small family farms to large multinationals, raising concerns that wide-scale production isn’t sustainable. An alliance is now promoting regenerative organic certification, which requires growers to focus on soil health and carbon sequestration.

From Veggie Food Options to Culinary Education 
Yves Potvin, the founder of Yves Veggie Cuisine is the new owner of Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Potvin plans to increase the focus on nutrition and sustainability at the school. Yves Veggie Cuisine is now owned by the multinational Hain Celestial Group.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 12, 2018


Pimatisiwin, Mar. 8-16
Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s youth program is putting on Pimatisiwin from Mar. 8-16. The play “follows members of the Kihew family, the food they eat and how that affects their physical, mental and spiritual lives.”

Saskatoon Beer Run, June 3 
Saskatoon is participating in this year’s Canada Beer Run on June 3. Participants run in waves from brewery to brewery, stopping for 20 minutes for a sample. Costumes are encouraged. $5.00 from every registration will be donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Participating breweries include High Key Brewing Company, Shelter Brewing Company, 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, 21st Street Brewery, Crossmount Cider Company (at Cathedral Social Hall), and Prairie Sun Brewery.

City Perks Coffee
City Perks is now open 6:30 am to 10 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 am to 5 pm on weekends; and offers brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm. They also cater sandwich trays, salads, soups, and desserts.


Vector Coffee Company
“As long as you have a plug-in, I can serve specialty coffees,” says Daryl Grunau, Vector Coffee Company. His portable coffee cart is a great addition to everything from an office coffee break to a wedding reception.

FoodRenew
FoodRenew is working with local businesses to ensure food isn’t thrown away. They made their first official food rescue this past week, delivering leftovers from Citizen Café & Bakery to the Saskatoon Friendship Inn.

One a Penny, Two a Penny . . . 
. . . Hot Cross Buns! Tis the season. They’re available at both Earth Bound Bakery and The Night Oven. (Mother Goose rhyme)

Cheesecake Chef 
Brady Fornwald started making cheesecake when he was 13. Nowadays, he makes 2 or 3 a day and hopes to set up a booth at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market in the summer.

Sidewalk Cafés 
Finding room for both pedestrians and sidewalk cafés can be challenging under Saskatoon regulations that require two metres for pedestrians. DeeAnn Mercier, Broadway Business Improvement District, is recommending a longer season for parking patios, which are currently only allowed from April 1 to October 31.


Apron Strings
Now that I’m home, I’m reading up a storm (thank you, Saskatoon Public Library!). Apron Strings by Jan Wong is the story of a journalist and her culinary son who stay with families in France, Italy, and China to learn homestyle cooking. The chapter about China was particularly interesting as the families were all very wealthy with maids – and it was the maids who demonstrated local specialties.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 5, 2018


One Book One Province, Mar. 29 
Amy Jo Ehman’s book, Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, has been selected as the One Book One Province pick for 2018. Prairie Ink Restaurant at McNally Robinson Booksellers is hosting a 5-course meal from the book on Mar. 29. The dinner will be followed by a short talk by Amy Jo.

Saskatoon Goodies 
I’m home! It was good to be shopping once again at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (lots and lots of lovely root vegetables from Simpkin's and squash from Wally), Dad’s Organic Market, The Night Oven Bakery, and Earth Bound Bakery.

I highly recommend the ginger cookie sandwich with chai cream cheese icing from Prairie Pie Company, Saskatoon Farmers' Market!


I stopped by Griffin Takeaway on Friday – it’s nice to have another lunch and dessert option in City Park.


I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch at Shift in Remai Modern. I had a very healthy salad bowl with root vegetables, seeds of all kinds, and a little bit of goat cheese (the cheese and seeds are spread on the inside of the bowl). I would never go to the effort to make something like this at home, and it was excellent. My brother and his wife enjoyed the avocado toast with poached eggs. I’m definitely looking forward to eating here again, especially in the summer on the patio. (And, yes, the chocolate cake is very tasty too!)


Tea Horse Road
This is an interesting interview with a Canadian about his experiences learning about tea and exploring the Tea Horse Road. I’m planning to watch the documentary he has made – The Tea Explorer.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, February 26, 2018


Slow Food National Summit, Apr. 19-22 
The 2018 Slow Food National Summit will be held in Saskatoon from Apr. 19-22. Themes include Indigenous food systems, slow food youth, food waste, adapting ourselves and our food to eat where we live, and biodiversity.

Soul Foods 
Soul Foods will be moving into the former liquor store on 20th Street. The owners say they are “looking for ways to serve every demographic in the neighbourhood, and hope[s] to work with local suppliers to find ‘really reasonable’ prices.”

Redemption Roasters 
Redemption Roasters run a roastery and barista training center at Aylesbury Prison, UK. Prisoners without skills or a job are 50% more likely to reoffend. Redemption hopes to counter that statistic with not only skills but help finding a job.

“Just as our sourcing of coffee is ethical, we’re showing the whole roasting process can be socially responsible too. The result is a finely crafted cup of coffee that raises the bar for everyone.”

Proud to be Dairy-Free 
A commercial airing during the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics promotes the benefits of a dairy-free lifestyle. “I did it for my athletic performance,” says Kara Lang, of the 2008 Canadian Olympic soccer team, “and it worked.”

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Au Revoir et à la Prochaine!


My final week in Paris – and in Europe – was marred by a bout of the flu, so I was grateful to be well enough today to head into Paris to visit two art exhibitions at the Petit Palais.


Paris is having a “cold snap,” but the sky was the most brilliant blue and there were early signs of spring – catkins on a tree by the Seine and early cherry blossoms in a sheltered courtyard at the Petit Palais.


Across the street from where I’ve been staying in Vitry sur Seine, there is a cheerful display of yellow flowers. Can someone identify them for me?


I’m very much looking forward to being at home in my own space with my own possessions. And a change of wardrobe will be wonderful! But a piece of my heart will stay in Europe.

Many thanks to all the wonderful families who invited me into their homes as a guest or housesitter. I’m very grateful.


Au revoir et à la prochaine!