150 Years Canadian Celebration
In among all of the other activities that Barry and I do here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, another project has been under construction. Or should I say, taste testing.
I suspect that, if you’ve been a reader for any time, you know that I love food and cooking. So, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I went on a cooking adventure in my kitchen.
It has been a project several months in the making. And a good history lesson for myself too. Researching foods from all across the country has led to some very interesting fact finding.
For instance, have you ever asked yourself why the Inuit in the upper north of Canada don’t suffer from scurvy? They don’t have orange trees up there. So just where do they get Vitamin C into their diets?
Well, the answer surprised me as I’m sure it will surprise you too.
Other facts include discovering that a Figgy Duff Pudding has nothing to do with figs!
And wild rice is actually very, very good all by itself—no need to mix it with white or brown rice. Which, by the way aren’t even the same thing as wild rice.
Before wheat was introduced to our landscapes by the European immigrants, the grain for bread products was corn. There have been many cornmeal creations happening in our kitchen. How about yours? When is the last time you made something with cornmeal?
A Baker’s Dozen
Canada is a nation that is quite literally a baker’s dozen. With 10 provinces and 3 territories, this adds up to quite a baker’s delight for sure. And when you figure in all of the ethnic influences that have been present in the past and today, the tastes are incredible.
From coast to coast, north and south, we all have food items in common and not. But that is part of what makes Canada so unique and wonderful at the same time. Underlying all of this is the Canadian ability to adapt to changing circumstances and food sources.
But one thing we all have in common across this country is berries. Whether it be strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, or more. In fact, there are a minimum of 12 berries that can be found in all provinces and territories.
We may all live large distances from each other, and may have some other food sources that are not common throughout, however, we all share these same 12 berries.
A New Cookbook Is Revealed
As a young child in 1967 when Canada celebrated its 100th Birthday, I have some memories of that festive time. I remember that the celebration spirit carried on for years.
A few years ago, in my huge collection of cookbooks, I realized that a commemorative 100th Birthday cookbook had been printed. It was The Laura Secord Canadian Cook Book. A cookbook that also explored Canada from coast to coast.
By why stop there? Now, 50 years later, it is time to stop and reflect on the culinary traditions of today.
- What recipes have continued?
- Which ones have fallen to the wayside?
For instance, in 1967 there was not a huge focus on gluten free or sugar free food items. But today, that is an increasing requirement in our changing menus.
But, I have another Canadian cookbook of significance too. A copy of the 1877 The Home Cook Book.
The surprising thing with it is that there are several food items enjoyed by families when Canada became a nation, that are still enjoyed today.
So, I wonder which of our current eating traditions will still be around in another 50 years?
One way to make a time capsule of where our food traditions are in 2017 is to make another Canadian Celebration Cookbook.
Where We Are In 2017
This cookbook is a chance to stop and look at our past, present, and the future direction of culinary skills. A cookbook that is not created by Red Seal Chefs. No, rather, these are recipes created and cooked by people just like you and me.
And with tight finances, just like many of our ancestors contended with, the ability to create tasteful creations from little is a skill worth noting and celebrating.
So, celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, and be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
This cookbook is 197 pages, and contains 150 recipes representing all provinces and territories. As well, like a regular cookbook, categories range from appetizers to main course, desserts and even some canning recipes.
Here is your opportunity to download a sample from this commemorative cookbook—click this link to access your own FREE pdf sample copy.
Feel free to share your comments below and let me know about your favorite Canadian food.
To purchase the complete 150th Canadian Celebration Cookbook, you can do so here. And in keeping with the year 1867 – the year of Confederation, the price for the Cookbook is $18.67.