As you may have noticed from my posts, I do a lot of reading about Canada – this is for two reasons, 1. I am genuinely interested and 2. It stops me annoying those around me too much (WARNING: Show the slighest bit of interest and I will not shut up!). During my extensive reading, I keep coming accross a few different foods and also people mentioning Tim Hortons. I thought I would write a bit of a list of the most interesting things I found. This can serve in part as a list of things I must remember to try – though there are some that I will definitely not be trying!
- Tim Hortons – this isnt actually a food, but it is mentioned alot by Canadians and visitors to Canada. I looked it up to see what it is all about. From what I can gather, it seems to be the Canadian version of Starbucks?! I will definitely be checking it out…there must be more to it though? Also, they seem to sell something called a ‘Double-Double’, research tells me this is coffee with two sugars and two spoons of cream – whilst this seems unnecessary, I kind of wish I liked coffee to try it!
- Maple Syrup – it would seem that Quebec is the largest producer of Maple Syrup in the world – producing more than 75% of the supply
- Bacon – bacon is bacon to me, but it does seem to be raved about by Candians….. will it be something to write home about? Watch this space…
- Beaver Tail – pastries topped with chocolate/ candy/ fruit. Looking forward to trying these – not sure if it is like a pop tart or more like a croissant, either way, I’m in!
- Nanaio Bars – they look like Millionaires Shortbread. Investigation tells me that they are made with graham-crackers (are these the same as Jacobs?!), coconut, walnuts and chocolate with peanut or mint variations. I hope these are sold in lots of places so I can try them – if this is more of a home baking thing, I will need to find someone to bake for me 🙂
- Game Meat – pretty excited about tasting Reindeer – sorry Rudolph, but thats just how it is
- Kraft Dinner – I love Macaroni Cheese, so I cannot wait to try this bad boy
- Montreal Smoked Meat – I havent had a great deal of experience of smoked meat other than bacon, and prefer unsmoked. I do, however, love a spot of Applewood smoked cheddar, so am up for seeing what the fuss is about with smoked meat
- Cod Tongue – this seems to be a Newfoundland thing. I wont be trying it. I dont like fish, let alone want to try its tongue. Actually, whilst writing this, I thought do fish even have tongues? Just looked it up and it is not tongue, it is in fact a bit of flesh from their throat. Still not trying it
- Sugar Pie – this seems right up my street. Also known as Tarte Au Sucre, it is found in Quebec and is a dessert made from a flour pie crust filled with cream, butter and maple syrup. O.M.G.
- Sushi Pizza – another one I wont be trying. I dont like sushi and think pizzas are perfectly fine in their traditional format, just thought this was worth a mention
- Girl Guide Cookies – we have all seen them on TV, but what is so special about these cookies? I remember Monica being addicted to these on Friends, looking forward to trying them, though I share the former overweight status with Monica, so addiction is a definiate concern
- Rappie Pie – a traditional dish made from shredded potatoes with meat and onions. I love potatoes.
- Prince Edward Island Potatoes – see previous post. I have eaten a lot in my life and am looking forward to trying these potatoes that seem to be considered top notch, not just in Canada, but accross the world
- Poutine – one of my favourites so far, however, it is a favourite in England as well. It is chips, cheese and gravy. I eat this often. I love it. I am almost disappointed to discover this Poutine people speak of is fairly common in the UK, espeically with the Nothern folk. I like where the word comes from though – a variation of other words that mean hodgepodge, mixture of various things or bad stew
- Speculoos – cant wait for this one. You know the caramelised biscuits you often get on the saucer when you buy a posh coffee? It is a spread made from them! A peanut butter alternative. I LOVE peanut butter, but cant wait to see what this has to offer
- Jellied Moose Nose – errrr…. what?!
I also kind of like the idea of have a cheesy fondue in the snow, so that should definitely be a goal of mine – not included with a bullet point as it didnt come up in any of my research as much of a ‘thing’ in Canada. Basically, my conclusion is that I will need a supersize seat for my flight home!!!!