Monday, November 26, 2012

Restaurant Review - Root Down Cafe


The old adage "too many cooks spoil the broth" has met its match in the Root Down Workers' Cooperative Cafe, where there are no bosses and everyone shares the jobs, from cook to bottle washer. Read my review of Root Down Cafe in the Star Phoenix.

Root Down is a comfy cafe, coffee house and bookstore in one.

Breakfast at Root Down -- a generous bowl of homemade muesli and a vegan poppyseed muffin. Many of the soup and sandwich ingredients are sourced next door at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Baking on Global TV

These festive cookies are made with low-bush cranberries that grow wild in Saskatchewan's parkland and north. They are often available at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market. You can also use frozen cranberries from the grocery store.

Cranberry Pinwheels
1 half package puff pastry
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. honey
pinch of grated orange rind

With a sharp knife, chop the frozen berries and walnuts together until they are fine and well mixed. Stir them with the brown sugar, honey and a pinch of orange rind. Sample, adding more orange rind if necessary to suit your taste.

With a rolling pin, flatten the pastry into a rectangle approx. 12 x 8 in. Spread the cranberry-walnut mixture over the pastry. Roll from one long side to the other. With a sharp knife, cut the roll into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If the circles have squished, reshape them with your fingers. Bake at 400°F for about 12 minutes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ginormous Beet Soup

My garden produced an average beet crop. That is, average-sized beets. And then I pulled out this monster. Either it was raised on steroids or it got an extra shot of compost -- perhaps, to a beet, that's one in the same.

The average-sized beets found their way into beet and walnut salad. This gal, well, she deserves a place of honour in the soup pot!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Restaurant Review - Truffles Bistro

France meets Saskatchewan in the delicious truffle oil infused French fries at Truffles Bistro in Saskatoon. Truffles is proudly local, elevating the ordinary to extraordinary. Read my review of Truffles Bistro in the Star Phoenix.

Duck breast with lentil cassoulet and colourful cherry tomatoes.

Squash ravioli with two sauces -- arugula pesto and cranberry goat's cheese -- with pumpkin seed brittle.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Restaurant Review - Golden Pagoda

Apparently, there are very few Burmese restaurants in Canada, so aren't we lucky in Saskatoon to have the Golden Pagoda!! Burmese food is similar to Thai and Indian cuisine, but unique in its own way. Read my review of the Golden Pagoda in the Star Phoenix.

A quite refuge from busy 2nd Avenue in downtown Saskatoon.

Delicious dishes arrived at our table one after the other.
In the foreground is tofu and asparagus.

A replica of the Golden Pagoda in Rangoon graces one corner of the restaurant.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Restaurant Review - Natasha's Bar & Grill

Great French fries are always in season at Natasha's Bar & Grill at the Saskatoon Rugby Club. Read my review of lunch at Natasha's in the Star Phoenix.

Humongous Swiss mushroom burger and delicious fries.

The healthy option -- a fat ranch chicken warp and broccoli cheddar soup.

Rugby sports memorabilia over the bar.

Rugby pitch and patio under the snow --
we'll be back when it's green again!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Winter Project:

Eating Myself Out of House and Home!

My freezer is full of meat and berries. My pantry is full of lentils and canned pears. My basement is full (well not quite full) of potatoes and carrots. I want it all gone by spring. So this winter, I am Eating Myself Out of House and Home.

Every day, I will dip into my stores and see what comes out. Will it be lamb or venison? Berries or apple juice? Corn salsa or chickpeas? I've been very conscientious about gathering and preserving the bounty of Saskatchewan, and now I'm going to

Excuse me while I dip into the freezer and see what's for dinner tonight...