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World Cooking – Canada

List Item: Cook something from every countryCountry: Canada
Progress: 81/193

If you can’t beat them, join them – and if you can’t join them, eat them. This was meant to be the day that we landed in Quebec City and began, what was set to be, an amazing two weeks in the great nation of Canada. Alas, it was not to be so I thought that it would only make sense to have them as my next food nation. Planning to have a vaguely Canadian day helped take some of the sting out.

When looking at what to make for Canada, I really wanted to make sure I made things that were quintessentially Canadian whilst not just languishing in one area. After all, this is a vast nation with major food influences from the indigenous populations as well as the British and French colonisers that invaded and took over. This is also a country with an established enough East Asian population that California rolls are included as top tier Canadian fare.

Since I can’t exactly get my hands on seal meat to make flipper pie (although, I am now super curious to see what those taste like) I wanted to go for something found on both sides of the country. This means that I looked to Quebecois cuisine to provide me with the iconic main dish of poutine and then to British Columbia in the west to give me a dessert that was truly delicious.

Main: Poutine

There was not a chance in hell that, when I came around to Canada, I was not going to make poutine. I have had poutine a few times before (when there used to be a monthly visit from the Poutinerie at a nearby food market) and I fell in love with it in a big way. The idea of chips with gravy and cheese curds is a bit of a weird one at first blush, but then again most chip shops in the UK offer chips and gravy and cheesy chips – poutine is just the next step.

First I had to actually get my hand on cheese curds – through a special order from a dairy over the internet where I also ordered four wedges of cheese. Once I had those, it was time to find a good recipe for poutine gravy (from Seasons and Suppers) and then perfect making chips in the air fryer. I know that chips would be better if I fried them in oil, but this is rich enough as it is so why not cut the calories where I can.

So glad that I have enough potatoes, cheese curds and butter to make another batch of this tomorrow. This was glorious to eat whilst watching a Canadian movie where the dialogue would occasionally be interrupted by some squeaks from the cheese curds as I chewed them with my back teeth.

Dessert: Nanaimo Bars

I know I’m having time off when it’s midnight and I want to make sweets. It helps that these sweet treats, named after the Canadian city of Nanaimo, are no bake and just need time to set in the fridge between layers. The base is a glorious coconut-biscuit-walnut-cocoa crust, the middle is a very rich custard and then the top is dark chocolate. I used a whole stick of butter making these… so of course they are bloody gorgeous.

Looking at mine and those from The Endless Meal, I can tell that I got some timings wrong because of it being 1:30 am and me being a mix of tired and very high on sugar from all the taste tests. The custard wasn’t entirely set when I poured the chocolate on the custard, then the chocolate was too set for when I cut them into pieces. Doesn’t change the taste though because these are rich and delicious. I am having to ration these because of how much butter is in them and how I would probably feel sick if I went with my poor impulse control.

Since I am now off for two weeks, I am going to try and fit in two extra food countries to be cooked for a weekday lunch. Both are countries where I found it hard to find specific recipes and ended up with just one – the first extra county being Uganda where I found a cool recipe for some street food.

Around The World in 100 Films – Start Point

List Item: Watch films from 100 different nations
Progress: 22/100

Time for me to open up the second of my three film bucket list items with a rather arbitrary goal of seeing films from 100 different nations. Unlike the Oscar list item this is something that can be permanently crossed off unless I suddenly get the urge to add another batch of countries to keep this going.

Now, I have decided to count countries as long as I watched the film after I put this onto my bucket list which was (yes I made a note) on August 5th 2013. This means that some countries (e.g. Finland, South Africa, China and Israel) are not on the list yet despite me having seen them in the past. I figured using this cut off point would serve as a way to make this more challenging whilst also keeping Burkina Faso (still stoked about that one).

Whilst I was preparing this list I saw there were 21 countries on the list and instantly envisioned doing a really cool triangle number diagram as you can see below:WorldCinemaTriangleNotice the problem? Well in making that list I had forgotten that I saw a Polish film at the end of January which means poor Hungary (my most recent nation) has to lay on the outskirts since I decided to do this in order of seeing them. My inner math-geek is not impressed with this. It was later pointed out to me that a film I thought was Australian was from New Zealand, now my inner flag-geek is unhappy too.

Still 22 countries down, 78 to go. Not a bad place to start with, although there are not many of the big film nations left which will make this interesting.

Any film suggestions for yet unwatched countries will be VERY much appreciated. Bear in mind re-watches are not allowed here so films like Tsotsi, Drifting Clouds and Waltz With Bashir will not count.

  1. Germany – Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
  2. U.S.A. – Robocop
  3. Netherlands – De Vierde Man(The Fourth Man)
  4. Czech Republic – Kolja (Kolya)
  5. Italy – La Strada
  6. Burkina Faso – Sarraounia
  7. Argentina – El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes)
  8. Japan – Zatoichi Monogatari (The Story of Zatoichi)
  9. Brazil  – Cidade De Deus (City of God)
  10. Denmark – Melancholia
  11. United Kingdom – Blowup
  12. Norway – Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix)
  13. France – La règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)
  14. New Zealand – The Piano
  15. Poland – Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)
  16. Spain – El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive)
  17. Sweden – Viskningar och Rop (Cries and Whispers)
  18. Belgium – Ernest & Célestine
  19. Greece – Kynodontas (Dogtooth)
  20. Canada – The Sweet Hereafter
  21. Algeria – Z
  22. Hungary – A torinói ló(The Turin Horse)