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Ice Wine

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I recently received a teeny little bottle of ice wine in a gift basket, and it left me thinking about how very Canadian icewine seems, even though it is a borrowed culinary product. How did Canada become the icewine capital of the world? Well, icewine definitely pairs well with the Canadian psyche. As the Quebec folksong says, “Mon pays, ce …

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Saskatoon berries

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The prairie regions of Canada aren’t as well known for their foods as the coastal and central regions of the country, but one food that most people have heard about is the Saskatoon berry. With the shape of a blueberry and a rich purple colour, the Saskatoon at its best is rich and almost nutty in flavour. When slightly less …

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The Nanaimo Bar reveals some sweet secrets

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman2 Comments

I love Nanaimo Bars, with their combination of bittersweet chocolate, creamy sweet custard, and chocolate Graham Cracker base. I know they aren’t likely the healthiest food, and the dominant flavour is “toothache sweet”, but I grew up with them, and I am proud to call them a Canadian food. However the actual origin of this treat has been somewhat of …

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Rhubarb Butter Tarts

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Given its national distribution and historical staying power, rhubarb should take a place with salmon and maple syrup as one of our national-level foods. We are into the heart of rhubarb season, and I am finding all sorts of ways to slip this sour treat into pies and crisps. Last night I stewed some with onions and made a salad, …

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The Beavertail

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The Beavertail donut might not be made from Canada’s iconic and hardworking little dam builders, but it is a tasty treat that has spread nationally and then globally in a short period of time. I was in Ottawa last week to give a Walrus Talk, and I had enough extra time to spend a little time in the Byward Market …

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Prince Edward Island potato fudge

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman2 Comments

One of the stranger foods I found in my travels around Canada was Prince Edward Island potato fudge. This confection uses potato to replace the dairy in a traditional fudge recipe, and gives the fudge a light and fluffy texture, without leaving a taste of potato. I’m not a real fan of fudge, but this one was nice in moderation, …

Regional mass market products: Pineapple Crush

In Canada, Drink by Lenore Newman1 Comment

One of the strange oddities of the modern world is the way in which giant global corporations market certain products only in specific regional enclaves. I’ve met many a Canadian who pops across the border to pick up a beloved “only in America” brand, and Canada is dotted with stores reselling British brands, Japanese brands, and just about anything else …

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Michigan dogs

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So much of food culture is fluffed and polished to present a nation or region in its best light. Fast food, on the other hand, reveals our animal hind-brain’s darkest secrets. We eat fast food when we are drunk, when we are tired, when we are rushed. Fast food, in all its fatty, salty goodness, reveals us as we are, …

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Pouding chômeur

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman1 Comment

I was recently in Quebec city to explore the changing face of Quebec’s cuisine, and though I ate some wonderful fancy dishes there, I was reminded again how wonderful the snack food is in Quebec. Who can say no to treats such as poutine and steamies? I also managed to sample several of my favourite desserts, including the lovely pouding …