Strong, Proud and Free
Normally, a Frugal Kitchens 101 post would appear today because it is Monday. But this isn't any Monday, it's Canada Day! I wanted to write something special in celebration of Canada's 146th birthday.
Canada is a land of plenty in many ways and especially so when it comes to Canadian grown and produced food. Our food safety is second to none! Each province and territory is known for a particular food or foods not only in terms of growing and producing but also one or more dishes (eg. muskrat dinner, poutine, Quebec style green ketchup, pork tourtière). Not only are some of the finest beers, rye whiskeys, liquors, and wines produced in Canada we even have our own national drink, the Caesar. Butter tarts and peameal bacon are truly Canadian culinary creations. Canada is home to many top notch, world class culinary chefs as well.
We are celebrating Canada Day by hosting an outdoor gathering for a small group of friends. The food choice focus is on Canadian foods! Most of the food (eg. hormone-free and grass fed beef, strawberries, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, homemade bread, cheeses, potatoes, corn) being served was grown or made with food grown within a short distance of our home. Drinks will also focus on Canadian brewed beers, Ontario wine and Canadian rye whiskey as well as other Canadian produced liquors. After dinner we will sit around chatting about our next trip to the great Canadian wilderness that we will return home from with a cooler full of Canadian whitefish, wild blueberries and honey. We will definitely be talking about Dillon's Small Batch Distillers, a new distillery in the Niagara area featuring rye whiskey, gin and vodka. I'm sure our wonderful 5 course meal enjoyed last weekend at Vineland Estates in Niagara will also be a topic of discussion. As the evening fades into darkness, we will still be enjoying the celebrations, tummies filled with a wonderful assortment of great Canadian foods! I'll be crocheting a toque while chatting about food, listening to the guys chatter about hockey.