Friday, January 29, 2010

More about those lemons...

These lemons were grown by master gardener and retired engineer M.P.M. Nair on his acreage south of Saskatoon.

Using a cutting from his home in India, he grew and selected the lemons over 30 years, until he developed a lemon that would grow as a bush, flowering four times a year and thriving in the low light of a south-facing window, even in a Saskatchewan winter.

Each type of lemon has a different characteristic whether it will be used for the juice or the peel, some with seeds and some seedless.

Nair's goal is to one day see many folks growing his lemons at home. I'll write more about his lemons in an upcoming newspaper column.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Soup Week 4 - Chicken Soup

It's very cold ~ perfect weather for a bowl of chicken soup. On the side is a chunk of chickpea and cumin focaccia. This is the fourth of 52 pots of soup, one for each week in 2010.

Local ingredients in this soup include:
Chicken (thanks Susan!)
Homemade chicken stock
Carrots, onions and dill
(Last night we ate it with homemade noodles, too.)
In the bread, Saskatchewan chickpeas, cumin and salt

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Ground Cafe in the newspaper

Peter Wilson, The StarPhoenix
From iced blueberries picked in La Ronge, to fresh Prairie honey from Meskanaw, Jennifer Willems only needs a provincial road map to seek out the best and the tastiest culinary items for her rural diner. Read the story in the Star Phoenix.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Better Bread Box

Young people in Saskatoon are learning job skills by baking bread. And for $20 every two weeks, you can subscribe to their Better Bread Box.

Read about this fantastic new initiative in the Star Phoenix.

Visit the Better Bread Box on Facebook.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Soup Week 3 - Bean & Bacon

Three weeks of 2010 and three different soups. New Year's resolution 2010 is still going strong!

Local stuff:
pinto beans
& bay leaf

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A New First

Today I ate a Saskatchewan grown guava and picked Saskatchewan grown lemons. No kidding.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Soup Week 2 - VENISON SOUP

Week 2 and my New Year's resolution is still going strong ~ to make a pot of soup each week.

This week's soup is made with venison from our friend Leon and juniper berries I picked last summer at Cranberry Flats.

The recipe came from chef Tina Nordstron of Sweden, who did a Scandinavian cooking show for PBS television. You'll find the recipe here. Note: Tina's recipe is a stew so I added more water (I didn't use beer, as she did) to make it into a delicious soup. I also used Saskatchewan morels for extra local flavour. Very good when it's ~30 outside!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Soup Week 1 - PEAR & SQUASH SOUP

In keeping with my New Year's resolution ~ to make a pot of soup every week, preferably a different soup each time ~ I made this pear and curry flavoured soup for guests ~ Tom and Eva, with their daughter Magda and her husbad Lars. I used local pears I picked and canned last August. Mmmm a bite of summer...

Curried Pear and Acorn Squash Soup
1 acorn squash
2 tbsp butter
1 large onion in thin slices
1-2 tbsp curry powder
Salt & white pepper
4 cups water
1 cup chopped canned pears and their juice (about 1/2 cup juice)
1/2 cup cream
cooked wild rice

Peel, seed and chop the squash into small chunks. You should have 4-5 cups of squash.

Melt the butter in a soup pot and sauté the onions. When the onions have softened, stir in 1 tbsp curry powder, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft. Add the water and the squash. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, until the squash can be pierced with a fork (about 30 min). Add the chopped pears and juice. Cook another 15 min.

Remove from the heat and cool. Purée the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the pot. Taste for seasoning and add more curry powder if you like it hotter. Stir in the cream and heat, but don't boil. To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and place a spoonful of rice in the centre.

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's Resolution 2010

To eat more soup! Saskatchewan ingredients, of course.
Past New Years' Resolutions:
2009: To eat more potatoes.
2008: To eat more Saskatchewan beans.
2007: Every day, to eat something I picked myself.
2006 (Jan-Apr): To eat only Saskatchewan produced food.