Nice little gift idea

Nice little gift idea

Working in the arts has put me in close proximity to all sorts of do-gooder, socialist types. Although my NDP youth membership has lapsed and I haven’t renewed my CO-OP membership, I still consider myself a bit of lefty. My co-worker put me on to Oxfam’s holiday donation scheme and it appeals to me on the following levels:

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Il Secondo!

Il Secondo!

Christie’s Mayfair Bakery, the venerable Saskatoon institution, opened its new East side location this week. Il Secondo features the same incredible breads and baking as its counterpart, but has shifted its focus slightly to accomodate the lunch and coffee demographic. The menu includes a variety of paninis (which I’ve heard are very good) and gorgeous thin crust pizzas baked in a wood burning oven. The space is beautiful and the pizza top notch! Congrats Tracey!

Creamy chicken and mushroom stew

Creamy chicken and mushroom stew

Craving a warm and homey meal on a cool drizzly day, I reminisced fondly of Sister Germaine’s now infamous chicken recipe. The recipe has been lost but retains a mythical place in my food memory. I remember there was milk and poultry seasoning and baking involved… In the absence of the proper recipe, I put together a creamy chicken stew with shitake mushrooms and garden vegetables. A batch of biscuits upped the ante and sparked a three day feeding frenzy!

Plums

Plums

It’s kind of nice that someone a number of generations ago had the interest/foresight to plant ornamental trees that produce fruit. Living in a challenging climate like Saskatoon, I often forget it’s even possible to grow fruit here (other than those ubiquitous, fibrous blue berries that share our namesake). With a sweet, generous intent that belies his cantankerous exterior, the Chief Curator brought plums collected from the tree in his back yard to share with the staff. These super sweet little buggars were delicious straight up and I bogarded a handful to make an equally delicious crisp.

Pickeral

Pickeral

Now that my mom has retired, she has all kinds of time to attend to “leisurely” pursuits like planting a garden and tending herb pots. I picked up a giant bag of lovely basil this weekend and made a pesto. I swapped pistachio’s for pine nuts and dressed a bit of pickeral done on the bbq.  Grilled green onions are the bomb. Thanks, Jodi, for making it pretty!

Museo news!

Museo news!

My favourite destination for a cup of high-end joe is endeavoring to take their coffee game to the next level. Museo has added roasting to their repertoire and should be roasting their own beans by the fall. Owner/barista Jimmy Oneschuk is hammering out the details for their roasting operation and will continue to serve coffee (with care) at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Things I liked about NYC

Things I liked about NYC

 

This spring I embarked on a short visit to New York City. I rented an apartment with my homie, Colin, on a charming street in the East Village and spent my days seeking out art galleries, classic New York cuisine and trying not to feel like a tourist.

Each morning we set out on foot, casually exploring our immediate neighbourhood en-route to an art gallery or subway station. The streets were lined with brick tenements, pockets of greenery and small business, and though gentrified, our neighbourhood was by no means antiseptic. There were enough unpleasant odors, layers of ancient filth, and neglected or otherwise homely buildings for me to enjoy the occasional Woody Allen moment.

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Christies Mayfair Bakery, Eastside!

Christies Mayfair Bakery, Eastside!

We were all thrilled to hear that Christies Mayfair Bakery was opening a new location in a prime Broadway location. With work already underway, the new location is rumored to open later this summer… apparently a pizza oven is in the works!

Morels

Morels

I joined Todd and Megan (with baby in tow) for a spring mushroom hunt. Two hours scouring the forest floor yielded a small number of morels and the search was abandoned in favour of a wiener roast. Much to our surprise, embarrasment, and delight, the area around firepit was covered with morels!

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Mango!

Mango!