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My Flavors of Canada - A Blog  in Honor of Canada Day

Every good cook knows that great food is a complex intermingling of flavors and textures, of hot and cold, of spices like coriander, fennel or rosemary, of sweet vanilla or tangy ginger.  Outstanding chefs paint intricate pictures on the taster’s palate, with flavors moving in and out of focus - now squash; for a brief moment, cardamom; finishing with a lingering creaminess.

Canada, too, is a complex intermingling – of East Indian curries and chutneys; rich French sauces and cheeses; Norwegian Smorbrod, gjetost and lutefisk; Italian pastas and gelati; Dim Sum; Jerk and Jerky; chilies; empanadas; perogies and cabbage rolls.  The list seems endless.

Canada tastes like the heritage of a hundred cultures, come together in one land, bringing with them their culinary traditions.  Sometimes these foods stay true to their native lands but as often as not, they gradually change, using local ingredients and melding with local tastes to become uniquely Canadian variations.  The Bannock of the Scottish “courier du bois” becomes the fireside treat of a thousand campers.  The French pie made from squab becomes the Quebecois Tortiere. 

Don’t forget, also, even before the arrival of Europeans and other cultures, the Native Americans had a rich bounty of foods – bison, deer, partridge, the native turkey, pike, pickerel, sage, rice, corn, cranberries, blueberries, Saskatoon berries (in Newfoundland they are called Chuckley Pears) and a myriad of other ingredients.

Like the Story of Stone Soup, each culture has contributed its tradition to make a hearty broth that feeds the soul of Canada.

This posting started about a month ago with an email from two people who had the great idea that all of the food bloggers in Canada should write an article in honor of Canada Day. Their idea caught the imagination of many bloggers and writers.  Thank you to Jennifer and Lyn for starting the ball rolling and to Ana, Elizabeth, Tara and all the rest who rallied around the idea and contributed their time and effort.

For more Taste Canada articles, visit http://www.domesticgoddess.ca/jul05/01.html.


Thank you so much, Dave for joining in on Taste Canada - what you wrote is so very accurate. I love the diversity of this country and have been so pleased with the turn-out for this event. Hope to see you next year!

Thanks for a beautiful post David. I'm enjoying so much reading what everybody posted for this event.

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