July 1 ...
Today is Canada Day - or for old Colonials it is Dominion Day, or I guess it could have been called Federation Day. Whatever it represents nationally, today does a reasonable stand-in for
What might a vaguely mysterious arisocratic Frenchman living in
For ‘Dominion Day’ in
Canadian Corn Soup.
Canadian Salmon, Sauce Vert.
Poulet Sauté Marengo.
Sweet Corn – Peas Sautés.
Canadian Apple Pie, Maple Cream Sauce.
To assist you on the day, here are his versions of the sauces.
Take some finely chopped tarragon, chervil, parsley, and a little shallot, also chopped. Blanch and pound in a mortar with a little butter, and pass through a hair sieve into some Sauce Hollandaise. Add salt, pepper and cayenne, and stir well.
Canadian Maple Cream Sauce.
Whip one cup of cream stiff. Fold in half a cup of shaved maple sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon and grated maple sugar on top, and serve at once.
Tomorrow’s Story …
Quotation for the Day …
The (apple) pie should be eaten “while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges, (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!) of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood...then, O blessed man, favored by all the divinities! eat, give thanks, and go forth, 'in apple-pie order!” Henry Ward Beecher.
Happy Canada Day! I'm sorry I passed up the maple sugar at the market the other day - that maple cream sounds lovely!
I'm an expatriated Canadian living in Florida. I was thinking this morning of Canada Day and felt to write in my diary "I like to call it Dominion Day." My thoughts wandering I put Dominion Day into Google and come upon your blog; a gift to me for Dominion Day. Thank you! :)
What a lovely menu! If only we had the Vicomte in our Canadian kitchen...alas, we are going to celebrate in a much more basic way!
That cookbook sounds like it would be quite entertaining I wonder if it is hard to find.
Hello Everyone: I do hope those of you in Canada had a good day. Rochelle - I bought a battered copy of the Vicomte's book on eBay - very cheaply.
GF's "Five-Years-Old-Next-Month" GSon is half-Canadian, and this is the first year he's understood why he is, and the rest of us aren't, so we let him choose the menu for Canada Day. He wanted dogs and burgers on the grill, (big surprise), so to add an appropriate "ethnic" flair we served them accompanied by french fries with vinegar, gravy or cheese sauce, but NO ketchup!
It is disconcerting for Americans traveling to Britain as well. When I was served black pudding on a flight to Ireland, I was aghast to find it as you initially described. It is also surprising to find UK versions of US soft drinks taste very different as well.
Hello shrcb - and I think in Quebec fries are served with little cheesey bits too? Cant remember the name, but I am sure someone will tell me ...
Kimberly Ann - what the world needs is an English-English travel dictionary for foodies!
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