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A Truly Canadian Three-Course Meal: Foods You Need To Sample On Your Next Visit

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Truly Canadian Three-Course Meal: Foods You Need To Sample On Your Next Visit

One of the most exciting things about visiting a new country is trying out the best local food on offer. As a first time visitor to Canada, you are about to experience a culinary world of freshness and taste that cannot be overlooked. Ask your hotel concierge to recommend a good quality restaurant nearby which can provide you this three-course meal in one sitting. Health warning: before you embark on this foodie adventure, make sure you’re wearing expandable or loose pants! Appetizer Once you are sitting comfortably at your dining table for the evening, the first thing you must order off the menu is poutine. Poutine, which translates to “hot, holy mess,” is a dish combining brown gravy, French fries and cheese curds. This is a rich, hearty dish embraced by Canadians seeking comfort food. Breaking down the three main ingredients of this dish, the brown gravy is a combination of beef and chicken stock. The French fries need no introduction to a traveling American, but you may never have tried cheese curds before. Cheese curd is a product which occurs when fresh milk is cooked and clotted. Cheese curds taste like a mild cheese but have a springy feel when bitten into. Some say they even “squeak.” Some restaurants take the poutine one step further and add grilled chicken or sausage to the dish. However, as this is only your first course, you may want to stick to the original version. Pair your poutine with an ice-cold beer if you drink, or a soda if you don’t. Next, it’s onto the main course. Mains The entree portion of your meal is known as the main course, or “mains,” in Canada. For this part of your meal, you must try a piece of Canada’s famous salmon. You have two main options when it comes to the salmon you will eat. The first is to order a salmon fillet and have it lightly seared in butter, or poached in a white-wine based broth. Salmon cooks very quickly and will flake easily onto your fork when done. The other option is to choose a smoked salmon fillet. Smoked salmon is when the salmon fillet has been placed in a smoker with wood chips to infuse the fillet with a delicate smoky flavor. Both options deliver a healthy meal, as salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids will help you have a lower risk of heart disease. Considering you still have to choose from the dessert menu, you need all the help you can get. Salmon pairs well with a white wine. A Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling each has a tart crispness complementary to the taste of salmon. Dessert It’s too late to be watching your weight now, so you may as well round out your meal with a delightful Canadian dessert known as a Nanaimo bar. This dessert originates from the town of Nanaimo in British Columbia. There is no cooking involved to make this dessert and it looks similar to an ice cream sandwich. The bottom layer of the Nanaimo bar is a combination of butter, cocoa, sugar, egg, and cracker crumbs. The middle layer is similar in texture to custard and is made by combining butter and heavy cream. The top layer involves the decadence...

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3 Ways To Turn Leftover Pizza Into Party Snacks

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the great things about ordering pizza is that you generally order a large enough pie to have leftovers for breakfast or lunch the next day. Cold pizza might be delicious the next morning, but it is not always the most attractive dish to serve company. While there are many delicious ways for you to dress up your left over pizza and create a whole new meal, one thing you might not consider is how well leftover pizza can turn into appetizers for an unexpected social gathering. If you have unexpected party guests showing up or simply forgot that you were supposed to bring snack to a friend’s party, and you have a half-eaten pizza in your refrigerator, you can quickly make one of these three party platters.  Pizza Skewers  Do you have a few cocktail skewers lying in a drawer? If you do, then you can quickly skewer a leftover pizza to create an easy finger-food. First, you should cut the pizza into one inch squares. Don’t worry if you have some odd-shaped triangles. Then, skewer the squares. Between each square you can place an olive, block of cheese, lunch meat, or a cherry tomato. If you are feeling creative, you may try pieces of fruit between the pizza, such as pineapple, apple, or orange slices.  Pizza Pate  Did you order extra marinara sauce with your pizza? If you did, or if you happen to have a jar of marinara sauce in your cupboard, then you can make a pizza pate to spread on crackers. To make a pizza pate, you should first separate the crusts from your pizza. Then, you should chop up the remaining pizza into bite sized pizza. Place the pizza in a blender or food processor with one-quarter cup of marinara sauce for each slice of pizza. Using the pulse function on your food processor, blend the ingredients until you have created a smooth paste. If your paste is chunky, you may want to add more marinara sauce or a little bit of olive oil until you have a smooth, firm paste.  To serve, spread the paste on crackers or bruschetta and top with a slice of olive as a garnish.  Pizza Meatballs  Pizza makes a tasty replacement for croutons in traditional meatballs. To make pizza meatballs, you should cut a slice of leftover pizza into squares about one-quarter inch or smaller. Add these squares to one pound of ground beef, one egg, and as much salt and pepper as you prefer. Mix the ingredients by hand for 2-4 minutes and then form one-inch balls. You can either bake or fry your rolled balls. To bake them, place them on a cookie sheet and bake on 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. To fry them, heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. To test, cut a meatball open and make sure it is no longer pink inside.  To serve these, arrange them on a platter with toothpicks or cocktail skewers. In the center of the platter, place a bowl with marinara sauce for dipping.  These quick, creative ideas will not only use up the last of your leftover pizza, but they will also create a snack filled with...

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