Pan Fried Nunavut Bannock
Bannock is a traditional bread still baked by the Inuit people of Nunavut today. One of the few “white man” type introduced food sources that has become a regular staple in their diet.
When did Bannock make an appearance in the Nunavut diet?
During the 1800’s the fur traders and whaling ships made contact with the Inuit people. With them they had Wheat Flour. It was used as both:
- an exchange of gifts between new found friends
- and as part of trading for furs and other supplies.
In no time, this new food option and the ease to cook in the harsh conditions of the north was embraced by this culture. Another bonus was the ease of storage of this flour. Unlike trying to trade with fruits and vegetables of the south which rot quickly, flour has a better storage and travel life. With the addition of a few other ingredients, this newly introduced food source became a staple in their diet. It was called Bannock.
Basically until the mid 1900’s, the Inuit of Northern Canada were a self sufficient people. They were able to live completely off of the land and sea. Their only southern food treat was the wheat flour Bannock.
The High Cost Of Importing Food From The South
However, over the years, the pressure for the people of Nunavut to adopt more southern eating habits has had some serious drawbacks. One thing is that the cost of importing “fresh” fruits and vegetables into regions that are only accessible by boat or plane is a problem. After the huge cost of importing the food is the problem of food spoilage. It takes so long for items to reach their destinations, that they are quite often already past their prime by the time they reach their destination.
Recently there has been a growing movement. A movement to encourage and support the people of Nunavut to return to and maintain their self sufficient lifestyle in relation to food.
It clearly makes good economical sense as well as a healthier choice.
Think about it. The way the people of Nunavut eat off the land gives them the freshest food possible. Their ancestors were able to survive over thousands of years on such a diet, which goes to show its ability to maintain good health.
Bannock Will Remain
A staple food, whose ingredients do travel well, is the Pan Fried Nunavut Bannock. A bread source that is good to accompany any Caribou Stew With Blackberries. Did you know there are 12 berries that the entire country has in common? Check it out at: A Berryful Bounty In Canada.
Fry some Bannock up today and see why the people of Nunavut have made it their bread of choice.
Bannock is baked in other communities throughout Canada. However, today, we have focused on the region of Nunavut as we explore Canadian foods and customs during 2017.
As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, it is nice to look back and reflect on where our great country has come from, as we also look forward to the future too.
This recipe is one of the 150 recipes in the newly released 150th Canadian Celebration Cookbook. A great Canadian souvenir to add to your cookbook collection.