Picture it. Vancouver, Canada… 1986. I was a little girl on the trip of a lifetime - experiencing Expo ‘86. I was young enough that most of the memories from it are now a blur, or reduced to general feelings and thoughts (”That was cool!”), but 2 few things stood out then, and still remain fresh in my mind today:
1. The Ramses II exhibit. Easily the coolest thing about Expo 86 to me! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to spend the whole time there, as my (not as nerdy) family was more interested in rides and stuff I found very boring.
2. My very first Nanaimo Bar. It was a bite of heaven, and a sugar rush that no sane parent should ever get their kids jacked up on! The Nanaimo Bar is a Canadian specialty - named after a town in British Columbia - and it’s very hard to find anything like them here in Minnesota. As with many things though.. if you can’t buy them.. you can always make them!
This is the recipe for Nanaimo Bars the way I like them. I prefer the mocha flavored filling to traditional vanilla, and I prefer a lot MORE filling than Nanaimo bars traditionally sport. I’d be in the wrong business if I didn’t have a sweet tooth, though, so no apologies for that! 🙂
These bars won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Upper Midwest Bakery Association Convention. Mocha Nanaimo Bars FTW, literally!
|With 2017 being Canada's 150th birthday, it's about time I wrote the Canadian cookbook I've been planning for YEARS.
"More than Poutine" will be a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional homecooking recipes, as well as homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada! High quality gluten-free versions of most recipes are included.
"More Than Poutine" is available for purchase, here.