More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from My Home and Native Land
Mike Myers has been quoted as saying “There is no one more Canadian than a Canadian who no longer lives in Canada”. In my experience - 10 years of living away - that quote is not only true in the general sense, it’s especially true when is comes to Canadian foods.
Canadian expats may be divided by politics, geography, or even regional culture ... But post a photo of a hideous “poutine” you found in an American restaurant to a Canadian Expat group, and you will find 100% agreement that it’s an abomination.
Post about buttertarts, or peameal bacon, and you’re guaranteed a long, wistful discussion about the many foods we miss from the motherland. Sure, some may be anti-raisin weirdos (I kid!) when it comes to buttertarts, but - in general - Canadian food is the great equalizer, a very popular topic of discussion, and a bonding experience.
When it comes to Canadian cookbooks, there are many out there. There are Canadian cookbooks about specific regions, there are Canadian cookbooks that encompass most/all regions. There are Canadian cookbooks that focus on specific ingredients, books that tell stories, and more. There are many, many buttertart recipes out there, and even more recipes for making tourtiere... but there were no Canadian cookbooks that focus on Canadians that are not living in Canada... and there are around 3 million of us!
I wrote a Canadian cookbook for us.
For those of us who not only crave our Tourtiere and buttertarts, but would give anything to do shots of Chalet Sauce again.
For those of us who die a little inside when we see what is sold as “Canadian Bacon” - anemic little rounds of ham, not the robust deliciousness of the back bacon we once knew.
For those of us who have given up on ordering “poutine” abroad, knowing full well that there’s a chance that whatever ends up being presented will end up with a fried egg - or some other nonsense - on top.
For those of us who have caved to craving and paid $3-4+ for a Wunderbar, shipped from Amazon.
For those of us who have tried to explain to friends that Sweet and Sour sauce is NOT the same as what we were used to back home.
Of course, this book features fantastic recipes for buttertarts, tourtiere, poutine, Nanaimo Bars, and more... but there are also recipes for many of the standard sauces, condiments, beverages, and snack foods that Canadians typically buy off the shelf - never having a need to make them from scratch.
My “Big Autistic Superpower” - being able to replicate food by taste - has never been put to use as frequently as it has since I found myself detached from my favourite Canadian foods!
That's not to say you have to be a Canadian expat to enjoy this book, by the way. Homemade versions of Canadian favourites are great for people who are looking for less additives in their food, who are gluten-free (there are great GF versions included!), who aren't Canadian but are looking to expand their culinary horizons, and those who love a Canadian expat and want to surprise them with FOOD. (Or a book!)
The recipes are easy to make, with simple, straightforward instructions. Measurements are provided in both US and metric units. This Canadian cookbook includes more than 120 recipes, and features gorgeous full colour photography for each recipe.
Paperback, 242 pages
Interested in making some tasty Canadian food, and want to get started right away? Here are a few sample recipes from this Canadian cookbook... as well as a few others that I've developed since publishing it!:
Creme de Menthe Nanaimo Bars
Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Dip
French Canadian Pea Soup
Gluten-Free Beaver Tails
Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere
Gluten-Free Cod au Gratin
Gluten-Free Cod Cheeks & Dressing
Gluten-Free Imperial Cookies
Gluten-Free Nanaimo Bar Brownies
Gluten-Free Pirate Cookies
Halifax Meat Paste Egg Rolls
Homemade Crunchie Bars
Honey Dill Dipping Sauuce
Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce
How to make Peameal Bacon & Back Bacon
Maple Butter Tart Liqueur
Maple Butter Tarts
Maple White Cheddar Popcorn
Maraschino Cherry Nanaimo Bars
Mocha Nanaimo Bars
Moon Mist Ice Cream
Poutine - The Way *I* Do it
Puffed Wheat Squares
Savoury Alligator Pie
Sucre à la Crème
Tiger Tail Ice Cream
Vegetarian Donairs / Vegan Donair "Meat"
A small selection of the 120+ recipes included in More Than Poutine:
All Dressed, Dill Pickle, and Ketchup Popcorn Seasonings
BBQ Sauces & Marinades*
Canadian Style Plum Sauce
Candy Bars (various)*
Cream Cheese Dips*
Classic fruit drink from Nova Scotia*
Green Onion Cakes
Frozen Chocolate Cake*
Pea meal & Back Bacon
Montreal Smoked Meat
Montreal Steak Spice
Montreal Style Bagels
Newfoundland Mustard Pickles
Snack Cakes (various)*
Spicy Fried Potato Slices*
Tiger Tail Ice Cream
Winnipeg Style Rye Bread
* Recipes that are VERY accurate replicas of store-bought items. As we are not affiliated with any of the source material producers, these items are named differently in the book.
"More Than Poutine" Campaign and Updates:
The Most Expensive Recipe to Develop for More Than Poutine Is... - May 3, 2017
Because Science! - April 13, 2017
Checking In! (I should try to get more creative on these titles) - March 23, 2017
Checking In, Some Development Updates - March 9, 2017
Back from Winnipeg and Ready to Go! - February 27, 2017
Almost There! - February 21, 2017
Stretch Goal Update! - February 13, 2017
Checking In - February 3, 2017
Checking In! (Spoilers: I'm Alive.) - January 29, 2017
Bizarre Update, Sorry! - January 26, 2017
Marinade Update.. and Let's Talk Peameal / Back Bacon! - January 23, 2017
Opinions Needed - January 21, 2017
Funded! - January 20, 2017
They Like Us! - January 18, 2017
First Update! - January 17, 2017
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