Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Off-Roading" for Apples, and a List!

I love it outdoors right now, right smack-dab in the middle of Fall where all the colours of nature blend seamlessly with the colours of apples hanging from the trees! Yes, I went for my annual apple picking excursion this morning (on my crutches... I'm "gimped out"!) with Andrew, my dad and Martha. I called it "off roading", and though it's hard work swinging yourself around all the time (kudos to those who have to do it for life) I wouldn't have passed it up for anything! I scored a full bag of gems: Russets, Jonagolds and a couple Mutsus too! Next week I'll be back in amongst the trees to get a host of Northern Spies for my famous apple pies and squares, perfect freezer food for the months to come (and gifts too!). Apologies for the lack of today's photos, but I'll remember the camera next week, I promise!

For now, I'll finally "do my homework" (following all the other weekend school stuff!) and do this meme that I've saved into my Favourites for, well, ever it seems! Following up on the Omnivore's, Vegetarian's and Vegan's 100 lists, Maple Syrup and Poutine has put together a 100 Canadian Foods to Eat list! Being the Canuck that I am, I couldn't wait to fill this sucker out. Let's get started!

Here's the guideline breakdown, as usual:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten (I coloured mine since the links are bolded).
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Italicize favourites of yours and comment on any / all items (I added this one, so it's totally optional!)
5) Post a comment here linking to your results

1. Arctic Char
2. Ketchup flavoured chips (Oh God, yes! Where's the bag?)
3. Wild Rice Pilaf
4. Caribou Steak
5. Gourmet Poutine (Wait, poutine's gourmet now? That's not poutine!)
6. Screech
7. Beaver Tails (nothin' beats these after a Rideau Canal skate!)
8. Maple Baked Beans
9. Bison Burger
10. Bumbleberry pie
11. Nanaimo bar
12. Butter Tarts
13. Cedar Planked B.C. Salmon
14. Wild Blueberries
15. Pure Local Cranberry Juice
16. Chocolate from Ganong or Purdy’s
17. A cup of warm cider from your local orchard
18. Mott's Clamato Caesar
19. 4 of the following types of apples (Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Spartan, Greensleeves, Liberty, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Golden Russet, Idared, Gala) (well, I've eaten almost all of them, some today right off the tree, and all the rest were local too!)
20. Freshly foraged mushrooms
21. Dinner cooked by Michael Smith, Susur Lee or Rob Feenie (how I WISH, especially Michael Smith *blush*)
22. Fondue Chinoise
23. Dish created from a Canadian Living Magazine recipe (and it was gooood!)
24. Peameal Bacon Sandwich from St. Lawrence Market in Toronto
25. Lobster bought directly from a boat in a Maritime harbour
26. Handmade perogies from your local church or market (I made my own though!)
27. Alberta Beef at an Alberta Steakhouse
28. Leamington Tomatoes
29. Roasted Pheasant
30. Wild Game hunted by someone you know
31. Ice Wine
32. Habitant Pea Soup – entire can (ah yes... sick people food!)
33. Any Canadian Artisanal Cheese (Sentinelle at the Byward Market... Heaven!)
34. Bannock
35. Tourtiere (mmm)
36. Flapper Pie (looks dead gorgeous though)
37. Jellied Moose Nose (no... it's just NOT RIGHT)
38. Saskatoon Berries
39. Fish and Brewis
40. Screech Pie
41. Fiddleheads
42. Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich (how italic can I make this??)
43. Flipper Pie (gag)
44. Montreal Bagels with Smoked Salmon
45. Toutins
46. Jam Busters
47. Bakeapple Pie
48. Bridge Mixture (you love this or hate it... I'm in the latter camp)
49. Canadian Style Pizza (bacon, pepperoni. Mushrooms)
50. Shreddies (Hell yeah!)
51. A cone from Cow’s Ice Cream (just a cone??? I'm a triple scoop sundae shoved-in-your-face person from here!)
52. Lumberjack or Logger’s Breakfast
53. Jigg’s Dinner
54. Rappie Pie
55. Pemmican
56. Lake Erie Sturgeon Caviar
57. Belon Oysters
58. Brome Lake Duck
59. Beer from a stubby bottle.
60. A beer from Unibroue or Phillips Brewery.
61. Salt Spring Island Lamb
62. Fry’s Cocoa (it's a staple!)
63. A bag of Old Dutch Potato Chips
64. Every Flavour of Laura Secord Suckers
65. Chicken Dinner from St Hubert’s or Swiss Chalet (yes!!! St. Hubert's ROCKS, and Swiss Chalet...$24.95, people![inside joke])
66. Hickory Sticks
67. An entire box of Kraft Dinner (not the entire box...)
68. Candy Apples (NOT caramel apples) (the caramel kind is better)
69. Corn from a roadside stand (nothing beats it)
70. A meal at Eigensenn Farm
71. Okanogan Peaches
72. Berkshire Pork
73. PEI Potatoes
74. Something cooked in Canola oil
75. Figgy Duff
76. Blueberry Grunt
77. High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria (I wish!!)
78. Fresh maple syrup hardened on the snow
79. Oreilles de Christ (no thanks, I'll eat my own ears first)
80. Nova Scotia Beer Warmer
81. A cheese plate containing Bleu Bénédictin, Friulano, St. Maure and Oka.
82. Black or red currant jam
83. Maple glazed Doughnut from Tim Horton’s with a Large “Double Double” (but gimme a Caramel Cappuccino doughnut and a Honey-Lemon tea any day)
84. A glass of Mission Hill’s “Oculus”
85. Alberta Pure Vodka
86. Chokecherries
87. Canada Day Cake
88. Boulettes
89. Canadian Iced Tea
90. Mead
91. Fricot
92. Grandperes
93. Local honey
94. Creton on toast
95. Glen Breton Rare
96. A whole box of Smarties, where the empty box is then used as a kazoo (hehehe I remember those days!)
97. Grilled cheese made with Canadian Cheddar
98. A meal from Harvey’s
99. Lake Erie Perch
100. Red Rose Tea

Well, that's all folks! I'm off to bed, but I'll be checking out the other responses soon!

1 comment :

DaviMack said...

Hey! I've just "introduced" you to Should You Eat That, because you're going into the same field, and 'cause I thought you might enjoy each others' blogs.

Oh - and lucky you, for getting Fall. We, here in Scotland? Just straight into Winter. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.