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34 Uniquely Canadian Foods (Other Than Poutine)

34 uniquely Canadian foods (other than poutine)

Tomorrow marks Canada’s 148th birthday. That’s pretty young as far as countries go, but it doesn’t mean the Great White North is short on food culture.

You’ve heard of poutine and maple syrup, but what about Nanaimo bars, ketchup chips or beaver tails? (Relax, it’s just a dessert!) There are tons of dishes, brands and products beyond the obvious that are just as—if not more so—quintessentially Canadian as those well known staples.

In honour of Canada Day, here is a list of 34 uniquely (for the most part) Canadian foods you should know. Sounds pretty delicious, eh?

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White bean, parsley and lemon salad

White bean, parsley and lemon salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Let’s hear it for beans! Ok, maybe that was a little overenthusiastic. But hear me out: beans are a nutritious and super versatile whole food just begging for a spot on your plate. The best thing about them (other than their stellar health profile) is that they can be incorporated into pretty much any type of dish – from soups, stews and chili to curries, tacos, stir-fries and more. You really can’t get bored when it comes to beans! [click to continue…]

Top food and nutrition trends that will shape how you eat this summer

Keeping up this blog is one of my favourite things to do, but the reality is I only get to spend a couple of hours per week on it.  The majority of the time I’m at work!  *wahh wahh*  The good news is, there’s a lot of overlap between my day job  and personal interests.

One day while I was catching up on the latest nutrition news, I started thinking about food trends and the larger movements that are informing them.  In an attempt to organize my thoughts and figure out why we’re into certain kinds of foods and diets at this point in time, I wrote a post on it for LinkedIn Pulse and thought I’d share it for you again here.

What food trends are you following this summer?

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Steak tacos with roasted jalapeños

Grilled steak tacos with roasted jalapenos | www.ricottaandradishes.com

One of the benefits of living in a culturally diverse area is that you can buy all sorts of “exotic” international ingredients at the grocery store.  There’s gochujang, bitter melon, sumac and lemongrass, not to mention udon noodles, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh figs and whole dried fish – all within walking distance of my house.  It’s great because it means I can actually go out and buy the ingredients needed to make the Thai dishes in Pok Pok, or the Middle Eastern recipes in Jerusalem.  If you’ve read these cookbooks you’ll know what I mean! [click to continue…]

Menu of the month: a casual al fresco dinner

A casual al fresco dinner menu - chicken pita wraps, sweet potato fries, tabbouleh and more | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It’s four o’clock on a Friday and you’ll be hosting a get-together for friends and family this weekend. Fun! Except that you’ve seriously procrastinated and still have no idea what to do about the food.

This has happened to me more times than I’d care to admit! Though I’m still trying to get the hang of things in the entertaining department, I’ve learned a few lessons over the years.  One of them is that choosing a theme and planning the menu around it is key to stress-free party planning.  A theme not only makes it fun and memorable, but it also helps limit your food and drink choices to just a few items so that it’s easier to decide what to serve. [click to continue…]

Hoisin-glazed salmon skewers

Hoisin-glazed salmon skewers - cook on the grill or in a pan! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Oh man.  These skewers came dangerously close to being a complete disaster as far as food photos go.  My advice to you: oil your grill really well!

I’ve been on a bit of a seafood kick lately (check out this quinoa chicken and shrimp paella if you missed it).  It must have something to do with the gorgeously warm weather we’ve been having.  It feels like summer, so summery food must follow.

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Strawberry avocado salsa

Healthy strawberry avocado salsa | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Another fresh salsa? That’s right! I’ve made it my personal mission to experiment with fresh salsa recipes throughout the year as different ingredients are in season.  This one, made with beautiful ripe strawberries, has early summer written all over it.

Fresh salsas are a great way to experiment with raw in-season fruits and vegetables, especially when you’re looking to use them up quickly without putting in much effort.  The formula is really simple: [click to continue…]

Sunday links, local food edition

Sunday links, local food edition

It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time for another edition of delicious links for your click-through pleasure!

The theme of this week’s roundup is local Ontario food – partly in honour of local food week (which took place June 1st-7th), and partly because there’s just so much food ripe for the picking in our area right now.  This includes fresh produce but also meat, poultry and dairy. [click to continue…]

What I Ate Wednesday #11: A Solo Weekend

What I Ate Wednesday #11 - a solo weekend

Good morning and welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! The meals featured in today’s post were from two Saturdays ago. The husband was away on a work trip to Northern Ontario, so it was just me, myself and I all weekend long.

I usually love time alone.  Catching up on reading is my favourite way to pass solo time.  Novels, magazines, cookbooks, blogs, newspapers…you name it.  Documentaries and podcasts are good too.  But after a while it’s like: ok, I’ve got that out of my system.  Now let’s do something! [click to continue…]

Quinoa paella foil packs

Quinoa paella foil packs - perfect for the grill! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Classic Spanish paella–that beautiful yellow-hued rice dish studded with meat and seafood and cooked in a big shallow pan–gets a double twist today! The resulting recipe isn’t authentic in the least, but what good is food if you can’t experiment now and then?

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