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12/14/2012 08:48:24 PM · #1
Next week, the 2nd and 3rd grades at my kids' school are doing a "Christmas Around the World." Each class has a different country and they will rotate classrooms and learn about the others. My little girl's class has been studying Canada. As part of their presentation, the teacher thought it would be neat to serve a sampling of food from Canada. My suggestion was to give them all several tablespoons of maple syrup and send them back to class, but he thought that *might* be a bit too much straight sugar. hahahah

Now, recognizing that Canada is diverse and expansive, is there a food that is a. easy to prepare (I am culinarily challenged) and serve to 7, 8 and 9 year olds and is b. distinctively Canadian (or distinctive to a province)?
12/14/2012 09:06:56 PM · #2
Bacon :P
12/14/2012 09:16:28 PM · #3
POUTINE. Universally loved and distinctly Cannuckian. Show me a kid who dislikes fries, gravy and cheese curds and I'll eat my hat.

Message edited by author 2012-12-14 21:16:45.
12/14/2012 09:18:50 PM · #4
Poutine is good, poutine with bacon chopped up in it is better.

I made a family video a couple of years ago (holy smokes my kids have grown since then!), Winterlude Ottawa Gatineau 2010. Unless you want to suffer through ten minutes of Canadiana, skip to 2:40 to see Beaver Tails being consumed, and to 4:48 to see Maple Candy being made and consumed.
12/14/2012 09:21:59 PM · #5
where would i get cheese curds? reckon the stores around here would have it????
12/14/2012 09:24:52 PM · #6
Hey, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' faidoi! Good to see you again.
Where the heck ya been? Missed you around here.
Okay, back to bacon and other points North.
:)
12/14/2012 09:26:46 PM · #7
Originally posted by karmat:

where would i get cheese curds? reckon the stores around here would have it????

Any local dairy should have them.
12/14/2012 09:34:06 PM · #8
Hi ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', '/') + 1) . ' karmat It really depends on what part of Canada you come from. Where I am from - Cape Breton, NS, some simple recipes can be found on this site Natalie MacMaster recipes a well known fiddler from Nova Scotia, has a list of recipes that she enjoys (and makes with her mother). In particular the recipe for Pork Pies is very well known also the maple baked beans and scotch cakes. I am listing the ones that would be fairly easy to make and take. As for cheese curds for the Poutine, if you can't find them you can use any easy to melt cheese. The purists will not agree lol - Hope that helps.
12/14/2012 09:40:15 PM · #9
Originally posted by MacDonald:

... As for cheese curds for the Poutine, if you can't find them you can use any easy to melt cheese. The purists will not agree lol - Hope that helps.

OMG !!! You are about to be deported !!! >:-(

ETA... your location reads "Central California", you'd best stay there as Baird has submitted your name to the RCMP!

Message edited by author 2012-12-14 21:41:46.
12/14/2012 09:56:57 PM · #10
Where do you get cheese curds? Well, look at it this way, you can likely buy them but that is the easy way out. Serving Poutine may raise a few eyebrows because it is considered fast food although you can overcome that silly disdain and throw some heart into your contribution with this .

Message edited by author 2012-12-14 21:57:35.
12/14/2012 10:00:09 PM · #11
Wouldn't "cheese curds" be similar to what we (in the western USA) call "cottage cheese" (maybe the large-curd, uncreamed kind)?
12/14/2012 10:14:21 PM · #12
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Wouldn't "cheese curds" be similar to what we (in the western USA) call "cottage cheese" (maybe the large-curd, uncreamed kind)?


Cottage cheese is considered healthy. That completely opposes the spirit of Poutine. ;-)

You must speak no more of these healthy substitutes!
12/14/2012 10:18:51 PM · #13
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Wouldn't "cheese curds" be similar to what we (in the western USA) call "cottage cheese" (maybe the large-curd, uncreamed kind)?

No, it's a bit different. The Wisconsinites surely know all about it. They squeak when you eat them.
12/14/2012 10:50:35 PM · #14
Forget the sugar rush consequences and use maple sugar/butter/candies.
Proper poutine needs cheese curds, and you'd likely be told "this is just basically chilli cheese fries" by many people - cheese/fries/sauce isn't an overly unique idea.
Beaver tails are basically just a flat donut - though they are good, it's not distinct to say you can't get the same thing elsewhere.
12/14/2012 10:53:26 PM · #15
Originally posted by bohemka:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Wouldn't "cheese curds" be similar to what we (in the western USA) call "cottage cheese" (maybe the large-curd, uncreamed kind)?

No, it's a bit different. The Wisconsinites surely know all about it. They squeak when you eat them.

Sounds like the same thing but a bit drier. Curds are what you get when you add acid or rennet to the milk to make it "curdle," after which you drain off the whey.

The amount of whey you extract, the size of the curds, how much you cut them up, and how long you age them pretty much determines the type of cheese you end up with.
12/14/2012 11:00:27 PM · #16
seal flipper pie! caribou jerky! real beer! BC bud brownies!
12/14/2012 11:00:53 PM · #17
Originally posted by bohemka:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Wouldn't "cheese curds" be similar to what we (in the western USA) call "cottage cheese" (maybe the large-curd, uncreamed kind)?

No, it's a bit different. The Wisconsinites surely know all about it. They squeak when you eat them.


ewwww, that would drive me batty (well, battier)
12/14/2012 11:02:22 PM · #18
Originally posted by RyanWareham:

Forget the sugar rush consequences and use maple sugar/butter/candies.
Proper poutine needs cheese curds, and you'd likely be told "this is just basically chilli cheese fries" by many people - cheese/fries/sauce isn't an overly unique idea.
Beaver tails are basically just a flat donut - though they are good, it's not distinct to say you can't get the same thing elsewhere.


they also remind me of bacon cheddar fries.

i don't think that would be practical (though it WOULD be educational). no way to cook them/keep it warm in the classroom. seems like it would get really soggy after a while. . .
12/15/2012 01:14:53 AM · #19
well ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Strikeslip I am not too concerned as I have relatives in the Mounties lol but to ease your anguish ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', '/') + 1) . ' karmat can make her own - it's actually very easy but kids do like mozzarella better - How to make Cheese curds

I am including another URL that might help *but the oat cakes in the first link I sent you are good and known well on Eastern Canada) - the Baked Beans are another great choice as you can keep them warm in a crock pot - serve them with Bannock - a scotch bread that is typical for the Maritime part of Canada where the Scots landed after the clearances. We normally served Baked beans with fish cakes but that's too long and time consuming recipe - anyway, here is the link and now I am homesick. Canadian food recipes

Ohh and the pork pie recipe is only filled with dates - no pork in it eh.

Message edited by author 2012-12-15 01:28:02.
12/15/2012 04:13:28 AM · #20
What's this thread all aboot, eh?

Originally posted by sfalice:

Hey, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' faidoi! Good to see you again.
Where the heck ya been? Missed you around here.

+1

You've reduced yourself to lurking? ;-)
12/15/2012 09:58:32 AM · #21
nanaimo_bars
12/15/2012 10:51:38 PM · #22
those look really good, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ralph

any other ideas?
12/15/2012 10:54:01 PM · #23
Is any food distinctly Canadian?
12/15/2012 11:17:59 PM · #24
In my opinion, yes. However most recipes are connected to a specific part of Canada - much like I have experienced in the US.
12/15/2012 11:25:46 PM · #25
I think the Quebecois have a lot of traditional dishes, and since they haven't separated yet, we can still call their food Canadian:

- Tourtière
- Poutine
- Montreal style bagels
- Montreal smoked meat
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