Sunday, March 28, 2010

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Little Feast on the Prairies


very month Foodbuzz holds a contest for its Featured Publishers called 24, 24, 24. In order to enter the contest a Featured Publisher needs to create a proposal for a unique dinner that they will create, capture and post about. The winners are given $250 to help make the proposal happen. I entered a proposal called "A Little Feast on the Prairies" that would showcase food grown or made on the Saskatchewan prairies. I was so excited to find out, the day after submitting my proposal, that I had won!!

I immediately called up some friends that had helped me to come up with the idea and let them know the great news, inviting them to share in the event. The lucky guests were our good friends, Jeff, Alaina, Chris and Cori.

A lot of my readers may not be familiar with Saskatchewan, so I would like to share a few facts about my lovely province.

(Source: Wikipedia)

- Saskatchewan is one of the 3 prairie provinces in Canada (the others are Alberta to the west, and Manitoba to the East)
- Saskatchewan has an area of 588,276.09 square kilometres.
- The population is just over 1 million people (in the entire province).
- I live in the capital city, Regina.
- The largest city in Saskatchewan is Saskatoon.
- The hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada happened in Saskatchewan
(45 degrees C).

- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was also in Saskatchewan
(-56.7 degrees C).
- We have the best Football team around - The Saskatchewan Roughriders!!

My 24, 24, 24 dinner took place last night.

I woke up early yesterday morning, ate a quick breakfast (oatmeal with 1 T graham crumbs, 1 square chocolate, 1 t white choc. PB, maple flakes), and then got cooking!!!:

A Little Feast on the Prairies

The Place Setting:

The Menu:

The Ambiance:

The Music:

The Appetizers:

1) Goat cheese with wheat crackers, Saskatoon Berry Chutney, and Bison Sausage

2) Cheddar and Potato Perogies with Herb Creme Fraiche

Herb Creme Fraiche

- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup whipping cream (whipped)
- 1 T chopped fresh chives
- 1 T chopped fresh parsley

Mix all together, and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Refrigerate until ready to use.

3) Venison Meatballs with Homemade Mustard

Venison Meatballs

- 1 lb. ground Elk or Deer meat
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion

Mix all ingredients together. Form meatballs. Brown in a sprayed pan on all sides. Bake in oven at 350 for approx. 25 minutes.

Homemade Mustard

- 1/2 cup mustard seeds
- 1/2 cup beer
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp brown sugar
- 1 T maple syrup or maple flakes

Combine all ingredients and let sit at room temperature for a couple days. Food process (or use Bamix) to break up seeds.

The Salad:

Mixed Greens with Saskatoon Berry Vinaigrette

Saskatoon Berry Vinaigrette

- 1/2 cup Saskatoon berries
- 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 heaping T honey
- 3/4 cup Canola oil
- Sprinkle and salt and pepper to taste

The Soup:

Palliser Porter and Cheddar Soup

The Main Course:

Bison and Saskatoon Berry Ragout with Wild Rice, Asparagus, and Fried Bannock

The Dessert:

Chocolate Pie, Cheesecake with Field Berry Sauce, and Saskatoon Berry Perogies

Field Berry Sauce

- 2 cups frozen berries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 T cornstarch
- 1 T Orange Juice

Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 5 minutes.

The Drinks:

Bushwakker Beer (Brewed in Regina)

Canadian Maple Coffee

The Favours:

The Guests:

Jeff and Alaina

Cori and Chris

Our lovely friends Jeff and Alaina brought us this beautiful piece of pottery by Saskatchewan artist Zach Dietrich.

It was filled with Red Lentils from Alaina's family farm near Elrose, SK.

Thank-you again Jeff and Alaina! How thoughtful!!

Our "Little Feast on the Prairies" was a BIG success!

Thanks to Foodbuzz for helping to make it possible, and to our dear friends for sharing in the fun.


Pam said...

Gosh Jolene....that was so nice and your friends were very lucky to have a wonderful meal like that...Congrats Girlie!


Morgan said...

love love love this!! how creative are you!?

Fun fact about Canada: I used to live in Detroit, which is right on the border of canada near windsor. When I was young I didn't know canada was a different country since we went there all the time. hehe.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

looks like you guys had a blast! Congrats on winning!

The Fajdich Times said...

Congrats on your win! Your meal looked very inviting. Looks like everyone enjoyed your cooking:) Stop over.....I am hosting an Anniversary Giveaway:)

Kacy said...

What an absolutely gorgeous dinner! I wish I could have been in attendance for the party! Looks fabulous!

Kat said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. You should be so proud!

Amber said...

Leave it up to place in Canada to get that HOT AND that COLD. Hahahahaha. Love it.

That looks SO COOL! I absolutely loved your idea and I'm glad you won! Also, all that food looks amazing! Great job :) I've never been to Regina but my aunts lived in Saskatoon when I was younger so I've been there a couple of times! Don't remember it too much, though!

Anais said...

GORGEOUS!!! And so very delicious looking!!! I'm so impressed with all the food that you made!! That Ragout looks so amazing, I'd love to try it at home, unfortunately probably without the saskatoon berries...

Speaking of those, the ones you sent me were so delicious!!! I savored every last one of them :)

Anonymous said...

Wow that seems like it was a lot of work!
Sounded good reading the menu and the food looked good too. Nice going winning and pulling it off!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

Wow girl... you did a FANTASTIC job!! :) Everything looked amazing!!

I love Saskatoon berries!! YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

what a fun meal!

Anonymous said...

Holy fun! I really need to try perogies now!! Congrats on being part of such a wonderful contest on Foodbuzz! I can't believe you cooked/prepared everything! I hope the hubby helped!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said...

Awesome! I wish I were invited ;) lol

That main course looks amazing!
Was it a lot of work? It seems like quite a lot of food.

Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

What an amazing looking dinner. Your guests were very lucky.

I have to disagree with one point though...and say...Go Bombers!

Anonymous said...

No wonder you won girl! Your meal looks so incredible. I wish I lived closer so I could have crashed your party!

Sarah said...

Mmmm, that food looks amazing. Glad you had fun!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

Losing in the City said...

thanks for sharing the tidbits about Saskatchewan. You did a wonderful job with the food and decor for your dinner party.. absolutely lovely.. the theme was cool and creative..

Alaina said...

Thanks again for a wonderful and memorable meal! You are a fantastic cook (and so is Chris!) and we are so lucky to have been a part of this. Jeff is still going on about your desserts... We are lucky guests indeed.

Crystal said...

That looks like such a fun dinner! I am glad everyone seemed to enjoy it. :)

Anonymous said...

That all looks amazing!!! What a great job! I'm sure everything was perfect!!

Jocelyn said...

wow girl..I can so tell you put alot of thought and energy into this day!
Everything looks so yummy!
I bet your guests had a wonderful time :)


Simply Life said...

Wow, what a delicious and elaborate meal! Everything you ate (including that amazing bowl of oats) looks absolutely delicious!!!