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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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).

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.

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).