Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweet Spring - Maple Walnut Salad

Maple Walnut Salad
In the right season, this salad can be made almost entirely with local ingredients. See the sources below.

2 apples
7 cm chunk (3 in) English cucumber
1/2 head butter lettuce
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
3 tbsp dried cherries
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp milk
2 tsp apple cidre vinegar
Dash salt

Peel, seed and chop the apple. Chop the cucumber to the same size as the apple. Chop the lettuce into ribbons. Mix the vegetables with the onion, dried cherries and walnuts. Make the dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise, maple syrup, milk, vinegar and salt. Toss the dressing with the salad just before serving.

Apples: There are several apple orchards around the province, such as the Petrofka Bridge Orchard north of Saskatoon. Of course, they won't have apples until August.
Cucumber and Lettuce: Currently available at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Red Onion: Also at the Farmers' Market later in the summer and, I'm sure, many other markets around the province.
Dried Cherries: I received these dried cherries from a friend. They are not yet commercially available, but may be soon. Check with the Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association. Or, try drying them yourselves in cherry season (August).
Walnuts: Not local!
Mayo: If you're a good cook, make your own mayonnaise with local eggs and canola oil.
Maple Syrup: Two sources for Saskatchewan maple syrup, both at Kamsack:
Gerry at Leprechaun Taps: 306-542-4220
Allen at Assiniboine River Taps: 306-590-8333
Milk: Dairyland brand in the grocery store.
Apple Cidre Vinegar: A new product from Petrofka Bridge Orchard, also for sale at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Salt: Buy Sifto salt, which is mined in Saskatchewan near Unity.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spirited Fruits

If you like fruits with spirit, you're sure to like this... Souleio Foods is presenting its "orchard" of fruit spirits including Carmincello (made with Saskatchewan's Carmine Jewel cherries), Citronello and Creme de Cassis (black current) along with its two newest fruit spirits, Simply Sinful Haskap and Misaskwatomina Saskatoon Berry. These spirits at made in-house at Souleio and most of them (expect the citron) are make with locally-grown fruit.

Taste, nibble and learn more about fruity spirits from the folks at Living Sky fruit winery and the U of S plant researchers who bred these fruits for Saskatchewan.

When: Saturday, August 30, 7 pm.
Where: Souleio Foods, 265 3rd Ave. South, Saskatoon
Tickets: $20 in advance only -- call 978-8102

See you there!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

First tomato of spring

Isn't it perfect? Tomatoes have arrived at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market. But be warned -- you must get there early (well before 9 am) to get the first tomatoes of spring.

Dinner tonight - pepper venison, fried potatoes, salad with lemon vinaigrette and (not shown) Fresh Air Flavours rhubarb relish. Every bit of it from Saskatchewan!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Saskatchewan Maple Syrup

Freezing nights, warm days. Perfect weather for tapping maple trees. Here's Gerry and Russ tapping a grove of Manitoba maples near Kamsack, Saskatchewan. By the end of the day, it will be maple syrup -- Saskatchewan style.  

Instead of galvanized steel pails, they're using a much less expensive (if less picturesque) alternative - milk jugs. Then it's into the steaming sugar shack to be cooked down to syrup. It takes about 40 litres of sap to produce one litre of maple syrup!

Yumm... blueberry pancakes and Saskatchewan maple syrup. This 500 ml bottle is $14. To purchase some for yourself, call Gerry Moriarty at Leprechaun Taps, Kamsack. 306-542-4220.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Birth of a Bottle

Hot off the press -- 3 Day Dog hard apple cidre, the newest offering from Living Sky Winery of Perdue, Saskatchewan. I had a chance to sample this lovely liquid apple at the exclusive Dine with the Stars dinner with Chef Moe Mathieu. (Read more about that elsewhere.)

Back to the hard apple cidre... The organic apples were sourced in BC  (the Saskatchewan apple business isn't quite ready for this volume or price-point). It was fermented and bottled locally. Proof? Watch this cool video on you-tube shot at Paddockwood Brewery in Saskatoon.

Wondering about that name? Read the explanation on the back of the bottle. Available at the Saturday Saskatoon Farmers' Market -- $4 per bottle.