One of our lovely staff members, Zarish, asked me to participate in a short film for a class project. We talked through some of the history of my family and the bakery, as well as what this last year (and a bit) has been like for us at the bakery. I hope you give it a watch. Zarish did a wonderful job!
For most people, the traditions around the holidays involve having family together for dinners and gatherings. For me and my family, our traditions include working long hours together making special seasonal products for our lovely customers and our own family.
Making Panettone is a loving and personal process. In the beginning of November, I brought to life my very special “Italian sourdough” which is cultured specifically for Panettone. I named her “Angelina” after my Italian Godmother. She will be on a consistent and frequent feeding schedule throughout the holiday season, gotta keep her healthy!
For those of you that don’t know, I moved to Vancouver over the summer.
While I am enjoying the fact that I don’t have to worry about the snow that is currently falling in Saskatoon, there are a few things that I am missing. One of those has to be all the Christmas goodies we have coming out. So here’s all the goodies we have available for the Christmas season, which you can order now! And if anyone wanted to priority ship any of these to me I wouldn’t be upset!
Halloween is in one week, which means there is still time to decorate your house with cobwebs, tombstones and skeletons. Much like Christmas, Halloween season brings a selection of movies that don’t have quite the same impact if they’re viewed at a different time of the year.
Last week I shared a list of spooky treats to make in honour of the scariest season of the year. This week I’m giving you a list of Halloween movies to watch while you’re enjoying those treats, or to flip on in the background while you’re doing some baking! Side note: I will be refraining from horror movies as much as possible because these should be shows the whole family can watch. That, and the fact that I am scared by the smallest of jump scares.
One of the best parts of Halloween is all the candy and chocolate that comes around every October. I’ve already stockpiled my pantry with mini bags of M&M’s and Reeses that I will not be handing out on October 31st (I live in an apartment building so I won’t be getting any trick or treaters). But as much as sweet as candy can be, I’d say we can do better. Here are some ideas for Halloween inspired treats you can make at home for your next scary movie viewing or for celebrating the spooky night of fright!
We’re a week into October and in the heart of pumpkin season. That means the sidewalks are decorated with leaves, scarves are wrapped around our necks and, unfortunately, pumpkin spice lattes. With that in mind I thought I’d list some ways to make the most out of fall’s big, orange fruit. And yes, I did have to use google to confirm that pumpkins are fruits.
If you’re anything like me, making dinner is usually the last thing that crosses my mind during the day. I’ve made a conscious effort this year to stop ordering takeaway and delivery as much as I can to focus on improving my cooking skills, but sometimes I just don’t feel like spending time cooking and cleaning up. That’s where our Heat & Eat Collection comes in! Using Scratch Provision’s Honey-Lime Chicken Legs, here’s a meal for two that you can make in 15 minutes with limited cleanup!
It’s probably safe to say that we all never seem to have enough time in the day. I’m merely working a job and going to school, some of us are doing that plus a second job. Then there’s all the parents having to do everything AND raise a family. I often find myself getting ready to eat dinner later and later, and by 10:00 I don’t really have enough energy to make a nice meal, nor do I have the time. Luckily for me, all students, and busy parents our Heat & Eat collection of products make it easy to make delicious, restaurant quality meals in a matter of minutes!
Using our Heat & Eat pizzas and a handful of other ingredients I can guarantee you a nice dinner or lunch in only five minutes! We’ll be making a caprese salad to go along with the Heat & Eat Pizza of your choice. To be able to start cooking and eating in five minutes I’m going with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette rather than a glaze or reduction.
Well, it happened.
After 5 years of life on the prairies I decided to make the great trek out west. It was a plan years in the making, and despite COVID’s many attempts to stop me, it finally came to fruition. Don’t worry, while my role is changing as I go back to school, I will still be a part of Christies Bakery. After all, it is my family bakery and I don’t think I will ever truly leave it, or should I say it will never leave me.
Now that I’m more or less settled in Vancouver I figured I might as well write my goodbye to the city I called home for the last five years. I’ll try to avoid getting sappy, but I can make no promises.
In three days I will be leaving Saskatoon to attend school in Vancouver. In preparation for our departure, my girlfriend and I put together a bucket list of Saskatoon restaurants to go to one last time before journeying out west. Over the past month or so we started crossing places off the list. I thought I’d share some of my personal favourite spots in Saskatoon so you might give them a try. They are listed in no particular order and on my list of faves for personal reasons.
Last week my parents were in town. It was the first time I was able to see them in over a year and a half, besides a virtual chat of course. Obviously I love when I get to see my parents because it means that there will be food and drinks aplenty. And yes spending time with them, catching up, and doing all the things parents and children do. But from day one to the last day of their trip, lunches, dinners, and get togethers were planned. Between the going out and homemade meals, it was abundantly clear how deep the tie between my family and food is.
You may know how linked we are to bread and baking (it has been our business for over 50 years after all), but I thought I’d share more about our family and our connection to food. Please forgive me for getting sentimental!
Last week I talked about why you should (read: need) to try our Heat & Eat Pizza. If you need a quick recap: they’re quick, easy and delicious! Our same wood fired, Napoletana style pizza ready in five minutes or less with little to no cleanup. Need I say more?
Well, if you still need convincing I can say more! You know why, but do you know when you should eat the pizza? Read on and find out!
There are countless organizations in Saskatoon providing valuable services to communities in need. The Okihtcitawak Patrol Group is one of those organizations. They are an indigenous led group that provides community support in the Pleasant Hill and Riversdale areas. I spoke with Delano earlier this week and learned more about their efforts and how the last year has gone.
I know plenty of vegetarians. There’s some in my family. I’ve lived with vegetarians. Thankfully none of them have made it abundantly clear that they are such. As a meat eater myself I don’t think I’m making a bold claim by saying it’s easier for me to cook meals for someone on a plant based meal than it would be the other way around. Cooking meat (usually) requires seasoning and making sure it is cooked properly. Hard to do when you haven’t, can’t, or won’t taste what you’re cooking.
So if you’re a plant eater worried about cooking for a carnivore, I have the perfect solution for you. And it’s been verified by vegetarians so you can trust me!
A grilled cheese is probably the simplest sandwich one can make. Even the name is just two words! But like most things in life, the simplest ones tend to be the best. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure your grilled cheese is just as tasty as mine is, but if you include one or more of these tips you can take your grilled cheese game to the next level!
With all due respect to the straightforward grilled cheese and classic PB&J, and even the sophisticated C.L.U.B sandwich, there is one sandwich I hold in higher regard than any other: the almighty B.L.T. While the CLUB describes the locations of select ingredients (chicken, lettuce under bread), the B.L.T describes the small amount of ingredients required to compile a delicious sandwich: Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. Simple. Elegant. Tasty as heck.
Here are my tips to creating the best version of the best sandwich on the planet.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s been pretty darn hot this week! The entire continent has been hit with a massive heat wave, and it’s been nearly impossible to stay cool. I’ve worked up a sweat just typing these couple sentences! Obviously the best way to avoid the heat is to stay inside and crank up the AC or take a dip in the pool, but those aren’t luxuries we all have; just the other day at our Broadway location the air conditioning unit broke down!
So instead, here are some things you can make in the kitchen (without turning on the dreaded oven) that will keep you cool in the summer! Try them out and let us know what you think!
When it comes to backyard barbecues and get-togethers, one of the first things that comes to my mind is burgers and hotdogs. Growing up in California especially, eating burgers for dinner (and sometimes breakfast) was more of a regular occurrence. It’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of grilled patties in between buns, from ones I’ve cooked myself to those at someone’s house or a restaurant. But the one thing I’ve discovered that all burgers share is that there is no one thing in common. Everyone has their own recipe and preferences, from bun to cooking method.
To test this theory I asked some of the Christies staff what their ideal burger consisted of. If there was enough consensus I would be able to use the results to build the perfect Christies burger! While some folks shared similar tastes, not one single burger was identical to another. If you’re craving a burger after reading this, get a head start and order some hamburger buns!
Tell me if you’ve been here before: It’s time for lunch and you’re hungry. Nothing is sounding better than a homemade sandwich. You grab everything you need to assemble your sammie. You cut your tomatoes, slice the cheese, and get the lettuce ready. You can’t wait to use the meat you just picked up from the deli. It’s time to build the sandwich, but when you go to grab some bread, GASP, there’s only one slice left. I haven’t decided if it’s more insulting to have no bread or just one slice in this situation.
But we’re not quitters. Just because we have half of the required amount of bread for a sandwich, it doesn’t mean we have to give up on making lunch. I recently talked about easy snacks we can make with toast, but we’re about to take it up a notch and turn that last, lonely slice into not just a snack, but a meal!
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! From kisses on boo boos to cures for broken hearts, moms always know what to do and say. They have one of the hardest jobs in the world, and that’s in addition to whatever their day job may be. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take this opportunity to say happy Mothers Day to my own mother: I love you Mom, I hope you have a great day (but all that pressure is on Dad). But I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the matriarch of my family and the mother of the bakery, my Nona.
Everyone loves pizza. Is that an overstatement? I don’t think so, but hey, if there is someone who doesn't like pizza, to each their own. I for one, love pizza — and that’s even if I wasn’t part of a family that made pizza for a living.
Pizza is really just flat bread and toppings. Simple right? Not so fast. Within simple ingredients comes infinite possibilities. One of the things I love about pizza is how there are so many styles and kinds. People around the globe have taken flat bread and toppings to make something unique to their region or city. Here’s a list of the different styles of pizza. I’ll point out most of these are in the US, as I haven’t had the opportunity to explore pizzas from around the world… yet.
As you may know, we recently launched our Heat & Eat pizzas. They’re a super easy way to get Christies' wood-fired pizza ready to eat in minutes. If you weren’t aware, you are now!
I recently wrote an essay in University about Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The film takes place in and around a pizzeria in a Brooklyn neighbourhood. Whether it was fate or merely a coincidence, I was watching a movie with a pizzeria for school and helping to develop our new line of pizzas at work! I got to thinking about what other films have a certain pizza-centric focus. Let’s take a look at some of the hits!
I'm sure we've all been enjoying Spring's warm sun over the last couple weeks. Even though there's still a chance of snow (it is Saskatchewan after all) patios are getting set, barbeques have been fired up, and a general sense of happiness is in the air. I've taken a couple walks down to Rotary Park recently and the grass was populated with slack-liners, cyclists and spike ballers.
Now that the snow has melted (for the most part) my girlfriend and I decided to go out for a nice old fashioned picnic. Packing our bags brought back memories of going on picnics with my parents on the weekends growing up. If you were looking for something to do now that we can be outside without freezing our fingers off, here’s a list of what I consider critical to create the perfect and classic picnic.
It’s Easter Sunday, and that means if you’ve stopped by either of our shops, you’ve no doubt seen Colomba di Pasqua on the shelves. It’s a traditional Italian bread baked and served for Easter.
We thought we'd share a bit more background on this special holiday treat.
Having re-enrolled in university recently, I’ve given in to the stereotypical student life, and increased my consumption of instant ramen. While it was initially nice and nostalgic to eat something I hadn’t really had in years, I quickly started to want more flavor as well as a bit more ‘heft’ to the meal. I did some searching, and I found Instant Ramen in North America kind of gets a bad rap. There are lots of great ways to use the noodles in creative ways that can still be cost effective, but will taste great and fill you up too! After playing around with some simple upgrades, I eventually just started making my own ramen!