Wednesday, July 1, 2009

142 and counting

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadian spanking enthusiasts!

Today is the 142nd anniversary of Confederation, the day when a small collection of provinces in British North America became united as the Dominion of Canada.

Today's holiday was originally called Dominion Day, and in 1982 the name was officially changed to Canada Day.

Did you know that Canada is the second largest country in the world?

My Australian friend subtletimes has written a "food porn" post, so I thought you might like to sample a few Canadian delicacies.

maple syrup


butter tarts


Nanaimo bars

seal flipper pie

Oka cheese

back bacon


Saskatoonberry pie

From Hermione's Heart


Ann said...

As a recent immigrant to Canada (although just from the US, so I didn't come that far!) I must admit that the only food on this list I knew about before moving was maple syrup! But I've now had Saskatoonberry pie, poutine, butter tarts, nanaimo bars, oka cheese, and back bacon. Guess I still have some things to experience from here in Canada. Happy Canada Day.

Hermione said...

Ann - Welcome to my blog, and to Canada!


Meow said...

Happy Canada Day!! Everything looks scrumptious - considering that I don't know what most of it is! Just another deprived Yank! Meow

Scunge said...

What the heck is back bacon!?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Canada !!!

Fabsterrant said...

Have a great Canada Day! Thank you for the food links. Geez lots of delicious reading too.
Sincerely, fab

Angie said...

Happy Canada day, and now, time to put on some SCTV!

Hermione said...

Meow - You should come on up North sometime.

Kate - I think it's called Canadian bacon in the US. Maybe it's simply bacon in Britain. Closer to ham than crispy fatty strips of bacon.

Burl - Welcome and thank you!

Fab - Thank you.

Angie - I loved that show! Corner Gas is pretty funny too.


ronnie said...

Happy Canada Day Hermione.

I must say the Namaimo Bars look delicious but what's fiddleheads?

Thanks Hermione.


Bonnie said...

Hi Hermione, and Happy Canada Day!

We in the US are blessed to have a saner, gentler, and often smarter neighbor to our north.



Happy Canada day.

OK I recognize some of those foods but I am highly suspicious that some of them are used in that game played all over the world called "What foul thing can we get the stupid foreigner to eat by telling him/her that it is a special dish that is only given to very honoured guests.". In England see Tripe and jellied eels, Scotland Haggis etc etc :)


Hermione said...

Ronnie - Fiddleheads are the emerging fronds of the ostrich fern. As the fern grows, it unfolds. They taste kind of like a bitter green. Very nice when steamed and buttered.

Bonnie - Thank you.

But if we're so sane, why do we need passports all of a sudden? :-D

Prefectdt - I assure you they're all legitimate dishes that are commonly eaten in various regions. Some aren't all that healthy, like poutine, which is fried potatoes with gravy and cheese curds.

Haggis happens to be very popular in this part of Canada, on one day of the year.


Paul said...

Hermione, happy Canada day.
You do realise that this is probably the most pornographic post you've written in a while, especially for those of us trying to lose weight, you know who you are. WEG

x said...

Happy Canada Day, Hermione! :) All the food pictures is making me hungry.

Hermione said...

Paul - LOL ! Food porn at its best. We Canadians love to eat.


ronnie said...

Thanks Hermione.


Anonymous said...

I ate fiddleheads (or something scarily similar) in Japan - yummo!

But I have to ask...the picture of poutine looks like hot chips with gravy...please tell me I'm wrong!

Hermione said...

Padme - I drooled while writing this post!

subtle - Yes, that's exactly what it is, plus the addition of cheese curds - soft, stringy mild cheddar that hasn't been aged, and goes off quickly. That's why poutine was invented; to use up stale curd.

When curd is fresh, it squeaks when you eat it. As a matter of fact, we had some for lunch today, fresh from the cheese factory.


Anonymous said...

And Beaver Tails, can't forget Beaver Tails!!! Belated happy Canada Day from a fellow Canadian

Anonymous said...

OMG I'm a bad Canadian. I didn't even realize butter tarts were Canadian! I've had maple syrup of course, butter tarts and Nanaimo bars. The rest of the things I've never had (never seen a saskatoon berry) or don't want to have.

They may be coming to strip my citizenship away as we speak!