Monday, May 30, 2011

High Plains High Praise

Prairie Feast has been shortlisted in two categories of the High Plains Book Awards recognizing books about life on the great plains of North America. Not many Canadian books are nominated, so I'm thrilled to be recognized by our American counterparts. The awards ceremony is October 15 in Billings, Montana. I always love an excuse to go to Montana...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lunch on the Radio

Guess who came for lunch today? CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers and three Saskatchewan authors: Allan Casey, Jo-Ann Episkenew and Dianne Warren. That's me on the right, beside Shelagh.

We were taping a one-hour episode of The Next Chapter focusing on award-winning writers from Saskatchewan. After our interviews, we all sat down to dinner: asparagus quiche (pictured), salad greens (including a few baby weeds) with fiddleheads, burbot fish cakes with Sue's Zucchini Relish tartar sauce, Saskatchewan chickpea hummus, bread from Christie's Bakery and rhubarb berry crisp for dessert with a choice of my homemade cherry gelato and maple ice cream.

The program airs June 27 and July 2 on CBC Radio One.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healthy cup of tea?

If you can identify this chunk of stuff, you're probably healthier than I am!
It's chaga, a fungus hacked off a birch tree somewhere in Saskatchewan. It was given to me on a recent trip to Ness Creek by my friend Curtis, who's collecting and exporting Saskatchewan chaga. According to Curtis, his America buyer says it's the best chaga on the market.

Chaga (as it's called in Russia) is said to be extremely high in antioxidants and, therefore, good for whatever ails you. Curtis says it cured his arthritis.

He instructed me to scrape off some chaga (it's very hard) and infuse it to make a powerful tea. I hear the kettle whistling...

You can contact Curtis through facebook.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

What do you do with a jar of super thick straight-from-the-farm cream and a jug of Saskatchewan maple syrup? Ice cream! Want to try Saskatchewan maple syrup? Contact Leprechaun Taps.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fiddlehead Anyone?

Right now, in woods across Saskatchewan, tiny fiddleheads are emerging from the earth. And we get to eat them!

I'll be placing a bulk order for fiddleheads from the Nipawin area. If you're in Saskatoon (or close) and would like to order a pound or more of fiddleheads, let me know. ($9 per lb.) Send me a message with your phone number. Fiddleheads are done for 2011, but maybe next year...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Saskatchewan Fruit Wine

We sipped our way through rhubarb, cherries, apples, black currents and saskatoon berries at a wonderful fruit wine night at Souleio in Saskatoon.

The fruit wines and the apple cidre are lovely elixirs produced locally by Living Sky Winery, while the berry-flavoured spirits are made in-house at Souleio. Pick your favourite fruit and enjoy!

"We don't want to hide the fact that it's fruit wine.
We want it to taste just like the fruit!"
- Sue Echlin, Living Sky Wines

The evening began with a presentation from Tyler Kaban, grad student at the University of Saskatchewan, who's made it his passion to breed a grape hybrid (using indigenous grapes crossed with wine varieties such as shiraz and pinor noir) that will thrive on the prairies. We'll be hearing more about that in the future...

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Prairie Feast at the Legislature

Live in Regina? Come down to the Legislative Library on your lunch hour next Wednesday - I'll be reading from my book, Prairie Feast. Celebrate all the good things this land has to offer!

Wednesday, May 11
Noon - 1 pm
Legislature Library, Room 234 at the Legislature.

Hope to see you there! More details on this event poster:

Monday, May 02, 2011

Spring - Here's Proof!

The young lambs are frolicking on the farm of Mark and Lynn Lane near Regina. Catch the action on this you-tube video from the farm. Check out all the farm's organic offerings on the website of FarmGateFoods.