guest post: eating for canada

October 9, 2009

Hello! My name is Susan and I am your substitute blogger for today. You may know me from a place called The Great Balancing Act. Now, just because Angharad is away does not mean we can get out of control here! No, no, my friends. I have a curriculum to stick to. Thankfully, Angharad has established a pretty darn fun one ;)

Angharad has her work cut out for her, Eating for England and all. Well, what you may not know, is that I’ve been Eating for Atlantic Canada!! I’m from New Brunswick, born and raised. Most people hear Atlantic Canada and think potatoes. Well, that’s true. There’s a lot of potatoes. But we’ve got some fun stuff too! So I’m here to show you some of our local delicacies (note – that term is used loosely here!)

Hands down, the most fun food you’ll find around here are fiddleheads.

Basically, they’re young ferns that start popping up everywhere in the late spring. Pictured here, they are simply sautéed in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. I find they taste similar to asparagus or broccoli, and they’ve got tons of protein to boot!

Next up: blueberries!

We’ve got a lot of blueberries ’round these parts. It’s the second largest crop in New Brunswick and the largest in Nova Scotia. Oh, and there’s also a giant blueberry.

Speaking of giant statues of food we eat…

This creepy monster is just a short drive from my hometown. Shediac also hosts the annual lobster festival. You can just wander down to the wharf and buy lobster fresh from the water. It doesn’t get much better than that people.

Don’t get the wrong idea though, not everything is so fresh and healthy! We have a strong French influence in these parts. Except our French food isn’t quite what you’d find in France. A prime example of this would be poutine.

Poutine is quite simple, just three delicious ingredients: fries, gravy and cheese. And with that combo, how can you go wrong?? It’s a Quebec dish, traditionally made with turkey gravy and cheese curds. But there are many places that specialize in dozens of poutine variations.

Vegetarians may want to turn away for this next one – the donair.

There are of course many variations of the donair, but this Halifax creation is well known. The meat is sliced off a vertical loaf, and slathered in “donair sauce” made up of evaporated milk, sugar, vinegar and garlic. They are notorious for being huge, saucy and messy. Definitely not something you order on a first date :P

If “sliced meat loaves” in flatbread aren’t your thing, you can still partake in the deliciousness that is donair sauce. It’s also a common dipping sauce for garlic fingers.

This notoriously greasy dish is made up of pizza dough, garlic butter and cheese. Almost always ordered as a side when getting pizza take-out. And like pizza, almost always best eaten cold the next day :)

So there you have it! Some wonderful (and questionable) foods from the Maritimes that aren’t just potatoes!

Can’t wait to see what local Texas delicacies Angharad is being treated to! :)

Question of the day: What’s your favourite local dish?

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Food Makes Fun Fuel October 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

I don't know that it's a local dish but whenever we go to my grandparents' beach house in Wells Maine we get fresh caught lobster. And because it was caught right there, it's dirt cheap too

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Holly October 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

susan…i want ALL these dishes! especially the garlic fingers! ummm, delish. also, those fiddleheads look so interesting – what do they taste like?

i LOVE all the big statues – when i come visit, i want to make a round to all of them :)

my fave local dish is obv Wisconsin cheese curds…so. dayum. good.

Have a wonderful weekend girl!

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Carlota October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am

I'm brazilian and my favourite dish is: black beans, rice, farofa, stir-fried garlic kale, fried bananas and sliced oranges.

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Janetha October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

yay susan! loved the post. and fiddleheads look awesome! ive seen photos of them but never in real life. the first time i saw them i was intrigued. utah does not really have a lot of local dishes specific to the state but one thing we do have is funeral potatoes.. and they are DIVINE! love you lady! angharad, HAVE FUN IN TX and sorry again to have failed you :(

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K from ksgoodeats October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I've NEVER had poutine but it's always intrigued me. You crazy Canadians ;)

YUM to those garlic fingers!! Detroit is known for Coneys I believe but I've never had one so no testament from me!

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Vanessa October 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

omg, while i was in canada- i had poutine!! i LOVE POUTINE. i wish they made it more in the states.

oh well.

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Thinspired October 10, 2009 at 3:58 am

Hi Susan! Oh my goodness, I've never heard of poutine. Seems like a dieter's nightmare ;) I would defintiely be up for going to a lobster festival, though!
My favorite local food here in the UK is fish and chips :P

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traveleatlove October 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Yum! I loved driving through New Brunswick on the way to PEI. I love the Maritimes and all of the food and music!

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Emily (The Experimentarian) October 12, 2009 at 6:59 am

Susan! All that food looks so good! Minus the lobster. But I would love to dive into those fiddle heads. And you can bet if I ever go back to Canada, poutine is on my list! Cheese curds?? Heck yes!! :)

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runnerskitchen October 12, 2009 at 10:55 am

mmm, I think I would LOVE poutine! It reminds me of the fries + gravy dish that I used to serve up when I was a waitress at a greasy spoon back in high school.

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