March 26, 2014

Check out Canada's best Food

On Sunday night, new Housemate Emmett was plonked in the middle of eight culturally diverse South Africans; boom

For someone who's never been to South Africa before this must have left him reeling with culture shock, it's a far cry from sub-zero temperatures, maple syrup and grizzly bears.

We know so little about Canada, it's not one of those super power countries that appears on our radar constantly like Europe or the USA; so we did a little digging to learn more about what foods the country has given the world seeing that it is Travel Week, Emmett's in the House and today's global cuisine Task was kick started with a Canadian breakfast, replete with bacon, maple syrup and pancakes.

Poutine: This is a traditional Canadian dish and they are as patriotic about it as we are about boerewors and pap. What is poutine? We had no idea either. It's a mixture of french fries, Poutine is a common Canadian dish, originally from Quebec, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curd.
Beaver tails: Canadians would probably feel the same if they heard us asking for monkey gland sauce. An Ottawa-based company came up with the idea of hand stretching pastry and shaped it like beaver tails, then fried it, topped it with sweet confections like whipped cream and berries and Bob's your beaver tail. Even Barack Obama stopped for one when he visited the nation’s capital in 2009.
Fish and brewis: Legend says the Newfoundland dish was created by sailors needing a good dose of vitamins after spending months at sea. To explain, salt cod served with hard tack (hard bread, soaked overnight in water) and scrunchions (fried pieces of salted pork fat).
Butter tarts: Butter tarts are Canadian through and through. The crumbly, almost shortbread-like pastry shells oozing with butter, sugar, syrup and eggs date back to the early 1600s, when they provided sweet sustenance for pioneers.
One thing you will notice about all these foods is that they are pretty high in calories. There is a simple reason for this, in some parts of Canada, temperatures drop to -22 and to assist the body in coping with the cold, Canadians must increase their kilojoule intake.

-22 Mzansi, that's pretty darn cold, so as winter draws in, think twice before you moan about the weather!

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