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Angelica

In Canada, Cuisine, Food by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I took a break from writing over the holiday, but not from eating. The holiday season inspires a certain air of abandon when it comes to food; after all, many Christmas dishes appear only once a year. One of my guilty Christmas pleasures is fruitcake, the much derided but surprisingly venerable holiday treat. And proper fruitcake is one of the …

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The Canadian Food Experience Project: Blackberry crisp

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October’s Canadian Food Experience Project challenged us to write about preserves; Canada’s foodways are of course deeply seasonal, and preservation of all types has played a major part in our culinary identity. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in drying, smoking and canning, and my family certainly does all of these things; however for at least half a …

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Casse-croûte files: Wilensky’s

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I love a good casse-croûte, which sort of translates as “quick snack”, though that doesn’t quite capture this wonderful Quebec institution, which is all but unknown outside of the province. These small snack bars come in all shapes and sizes, and are deeply associated with Quebec’s great gift to late night food, poutine. I was lucky enough to get taken …

The Canadian Food Experience Project: Salmon Tails

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I’m taking part in The Canadian Food Experience Project, which challenges bloggers to post each month about a Canadian culinary topic. This month the focus is on cherished Canadian recipes, which is a hard topic; Canadian cuisine in general focuses on ingredients over preparations, and so there aren’t a lot of truly Canadian recipes. However those that do exist are …

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Newfoundland poutine

In Canada, Cuisine, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Last night we braved the crowds to watch the first evening of the 2013 Celebration of Light. My approach to viewing the Vancouver fireworks involves checking the tide tables, sauntering down twenty minutes before the show, and then climbing out onto a nice rock on the edge of Stanley Park, a spot that is somehow never very busy. The tide …

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Food travels: Rhubarb donut

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I’m a wanderer by nature, which is a handy trait given my work takes me to very out of the way corners of our very large country. I’ve dragged many friends and partners over thousands of kilometers of obscure highway, often for little reasons such as the rumour of an interesting food, a hint of a story of a new …

Maple syrup requiem

In Canada, Cuisine, Environment by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I love Canadian food, and I am hugely privileged to study our country’s culinary culture. However lately climate change has been keeping me up at night; as if melting ice, crazy weather, and scorching heat wasn’t enough, climate change could seriously disrupt Canada’s food production and culinary identity. Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate change Team has just released a …

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The Canadian lemon bar

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Bob and Verna Duncan’s house in Saanich, British Columbia doesn’t look overly unusual from the road, that is, until you notice the lemon tree. And this semi-tropical interloper is just a hint of the wonders waiting in what might well be the most interesting backyard in Canada; serving as a demonstration orchard for their company “Fruit Trees and More”, it …

Broadleaf Maple Syrup

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I’m a huge fan of maple syrup. Nothing quite says Canada to me like a stack of waffles or pancakes covered in butter, syrup, and some fresh berries. I’m not alone; “sugaring off” is one of the most popular food rituals in Eastern Canada. People flock to rural sugar shacks to walk on the woods, watch the sap being boiled …