I first saw this list of 100 “Canadian” foods to Consume on Jasmine’s blog, “Confessions of a Cardamom Addict“. Made in response to VGT Omnivore’s Hundred, Danielle (Maple Syrup and Poutine) came up with a list that focused on the top 100 Canadian items to consume. I’m not so sure that they are specifically Canadian foods but it was fun to go through the list anyway. (We’ve been through this before; it’s not so easy to say what is Canadian food: Mmm…Canada (2008), Taste Canada (2005))
I have been all across Canada (except into the territories) and tried many local things. I’m not sure if I counted correctly on Danielle’s list, but I believe I got 51% edit 25 October: make that 50%…. Hmm, does that mean I’m not really Canadian?
Take a look at the list to see how many of these “Canadian” foods you have tried:
- Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
- Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
- Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
- Post a comment here [on Danielle’s post] linking to your results
If you are unsure of what the item is, look it up! Please pass the list on to your friends and fellow bloggers – whether they are Canadian or not.
- Arctic Char
Ketchup flavoured chips
I’m not wild about ketchup and I can’t stand flavoured chips. This just sounds revolting.
- Wild Rice Pilaf
We call it wild rice casserole though; it’s one of my favourite things!
- Caribou Steak
- Gourmet Poutine*
I’ve had poutine many times, but what on earth is “Gourmet Poutine”??? It’s not easy to look up either…
Mmmm, tastes like
- Beaver Tails*
I’ve had something similar; it’s not my favourite kind of thing because it’s so sweet. But I’d love to go skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa and skate over to a stall on the Canal to try beaver tails!
- Maple Baked Beans
Again, baked beans is another favourite of ours. But I’ve not tried making them with maple syrup! That seems somewhat extravagant, considering the price of maple syrup. Still, I’d like to try it.
- Bison Burger
I’ve had bison stew but I don’t think I’ve ever had a bison burger.
- Bumbleberry pie
- Nanaimo bar
- Butter Tarts
Mmmmm… butter tarts!! The filling is great in pie too….
- Cedar Planked B.C. Salmon
- Wild Blueberries
- Pure Local Cranberry Juice
- Chocolate from Ganong or Purdy’s*
- A cup of warm cider from your local orchard
As in the drink? the salad?? (Aha! It’s a drink made with Clamato Juice, apparently invented in Calgary.)
- 4 of the following types of apples (Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Spartan, Greensleeves, Liberty, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Golden Russet, Idared, Gala)
- Freshly foraged mushrooms
Dinner cooked by Michael Smith, Susur Lee or Rob Feenie
Too expensive!! Although… if we win the lottery, I’d wouldn’t mind.
- Fondue Chinoise
This is a particularly Canadian thing??? I do love it though and we think our version is great.
- Dish created from a Canadian Living Magazine recipe
At least, I THINK I have… my sister has made many things from Canadian Living Magazine and I’m pretty sure she served us at least one of them.
- Peameal Bacon Sandwich from St. Lawrence Market in Toronto
- Lobster bought directly from a boat in a Maritime harbour
- Handmade perogies from your local church or market
- Alberta Beef at an Alberta Steakhouse
- Leamington Tomatoes*
It’s entirely possible that I’ve had Leamington tomatoes, but I can’t say for certain. We do prefer to buy locally grown tomatoes though. Does this count?
- Roasted Pheasant
- Wild Game hunted by someone you know
- Ice Wine
- Habitant Pea Soup – entire can
- Any Canadian Artisinal Cheese
Some would argue that our tourtiere isn’t really tourtiere because it is vegetarian. But it’s fabulous tourtiere – and that’s coming from a dedicated meat eater.
- Flapper Pie*
I had to look this up to find out what it was. When I saw the description, I knew I’d had it many times.
Jellied Moose Nose
I’ll eat moose steaks and moose stew but I’m afraid I draw the line at moose nose. It just sounds too weird.
- Saskatoon Berries
Saskatoon berry pie… mmmmmmm
- Fish and Brewis*
- Screech Pie*
I love fiddleheads – the only thing wrong with them is that it’s very very difficult to get the sand out.
- Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich
I’m probably going to be murdered for saying this but I think it’s over-rated. (Yes, I’ve tried it at a reputable place in Montreal…)
Nope, I don’t think I’m keen on eating seal anything.
- Montreal Bagels with Smoked Salmon
- Jam Busters
Actually, they were “jelly busters” that I have had, but they must be the same thing.
- Bakeapple Pie*
- Bridge Mixture
- Canadian Style Pizza (bacon, pepperoni. Mushrooms)
Really? I didn’t know this was considered to be “Canadian Style”!
- A cone from Cow’s Ice Cream
- Lumberjack or Logger’s Breakfast*
I’ve not had the official Vancouver version, but I’ve definitely had this kind of breakfast. One of the really memorable times was not in Canada; it was in Maine….
- Jigg’s Dinner*
- Rappie Pie*
I’d really like to try this; it sounds good!
- Lake Erie Sturgeon Caviar*
- Belon Oysters*
I gather I’m supposed to try the Nova Scotia Belon oysters rather than the French ones in order to be able to check this one off.
- Brome Lake Duck*
- Beer from a stubby bottle
overrated… tastes just like any other beer
- A beer from Unibroue or Phillips Brewery
I’ve had beer from other Canadian micro-breweries (Amsterdam, Wellington County, Fat Cat); does that count?
Salt Spring Island Lamb
I just don’t “get” lamb. I love Salt Spring Island Goat’s cheese though.
- Fry’s Cocoa
- A bag of Old Dutch Potato Chips
Is it just me, or are they not as good as they used to be?
- Every Flavour of Laura Secord Suckers*
Laura Secord makes suckers?? I thought they only made chocolates! (I’ve had lots of Laura Secord chocolate – that’s another thing that isn’t nearly as good as it used to be.)
- Chicken Dinner from St Hubert’s or Swiss Chalet
Both places… I’ve even tasted Cuvée St.Hubert red wine (not the best, as you might imagine).
Hickory Sticks*Potato sticks flavoured with fake smoke? No thanks. An entire box of Kraft Dinner
How is this a Canadian thing? Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Kraft a US company? I’ve tasted Kraft dinner and I have to say it’s really not very good at all. I can’t imagine having a whole box.
- Candy Apples (NOT caramel apples)
I’ve had caramel apples too.
- Corn from a roadside stand
- A meal at Eigensinn*
Maybe I’ll get to check this one off after I win the lottery.
- Okanogan Peaches
Picked from the tree. It was impossible to eat them without having juice running down our chins. Why can’t all peaches be that good?
- Berkshire Pork*
Once again, I assume this means from a Canadian farm. …not that I’ve had the original Berkshire Pork from UK or any other from other places (that I know of, anyway).
- PEI Potatoes
- Something cooked in Canola oil
- Figgy Duff*
Mom often made Plum Duff; it was one of my favourite desserts when I was a kid. Mom’s plum duff was baked rather than boiled. The Christmas plum pudding that Mom makes, which I adore, sounds like it’s closer to Figgy Duff.
- Blueberry Grunt*
I’m surprised we didn’t ever have this!
- High Tea at the Empress Hotel
- Fresh maple syrup hardened on the snow
- Oreilles de Christ*
I know I’ve seen pig’s jowls on menus in France, but cannot now recall if I’ve tried them or not. I’m guessing not – there are usually so many other things from which to choose that it seems unlikely that I’d have tried something I might not be so keen on….
- Nova Scotia Beer Warmer*
Hmmm, maybe this would improve the taste of most Canadian lagers. (I’m not the biggest fan of beer.)
- A cheese plate containing Bleu Bénédictin, Friulano, St. Maure and Oka*.
I have had all four of these cheeses (at least I think I’ve had the Bleu Bénédictin) but I don’t know for sure whether I’ve had them all on the same plate. Question: Aren’t Bleu Bénédictin and Oka the only ones of these cheeses that are specifically Canadian?
- Black or red currant jam
I have had red currant jelly too (my favourite after Mom’s crab apple jelly)
Maple glazed Doughnut from Tim Horton’s with a Large “Double Double”
No thanks! Too much sugar!!!
- A glass of Mission Hill’s “Oculus”*
I’m certain that I’ve had Mission Hill wine but not certain whether it was Oculus….
- Alberta Pure Vodka
Tastes pretty much like vodka to me. But I’m not at all a vodka officianado.
- Canada Day Cake*
I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as a Canada Day Cake. But come to think of it, I believe my sister has made her own version of a Canada Day Cake by using cherry juice instead of pineapple juice in our pineapple cake recipe. At least I think I remember her mentioning that she had done this….
Canadian Iced Tea*
I didn’t know there was such a thing as Canadian Iced Tea but if it’s true that it has to be sweetened, then I don’t want it. I hate sweetened iced tea. I love our iced tea made with orange juice and mint though. (T adds sugar to his glass.)
I was tempted to say that I had tried this. The last batch of unpasteurized honey we had started to ferment. It was really amazingly delicious on toast…. However, I suspect that it was quite different from actual mead.
Many times, I’ve had meat and potatoes stewed in a rich broth but we didn’t call it “fricot”. In fact, I’ve never heard of fricot until I saw this list.
Again, I’ve often had dumplings in stew but didn’t know they were ever called “Grandperes”.edit 25 October: Hmmm, I’ve never had dumplings in maple syrup though. I’ve just unchecked this one….
- Local honey
It’s the only kind of honey we buy.
- Creton on toast*
- Glen Breton Rare*
I’d like to try this; I love single malt whisky.
- A whole box of Smarties, where the empty box is then used as a kazoo
Clearly, I haven’t lived. And now, I’m not sure that I could manage a whole box of Smarties (but if I did, why yes, I’d eat the red ones last).
- Grilled cheese made with Canadian Cheddar
Is there any other way to make a grilled cheese sandwich??
- A meal from Harvey’s
And I’m not proud of it….
- Lake Erie Perch
- Red Rose Tea
Of course! This is the kind of tea we prefer to use when making our iced tea.
* I had to look up the ones marked with asterisks to make sure I knew what they were.
- Canadian Cheddar
It really is different from English cheddar and equally good – but completely different.
- Crab Apple jelly made from back yard crab apples
edit 22 October 2008: I was just googling about Laura Secord and see that it is now owned by a US conglomerate. Old Dutch (does anyone remember the Old Dutch auctions on TV?) headquarters is now in Minnesota rather than Manitoba. Red Rose Tea was sold to a US company in 1985 (hence the disappearance of the “only in Canada, you say? Pity…” ads). Campbell’s soup company was originally a US company and moved into Canada in the 1930s. I’m beginning to wonder if ANY Canadian company is owned by Canadians any more.