Canada Day is this weekend and I am excited. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country that is welcoming and accepting of all. As I was planning my menu for the weekend I thought I would share a few of my favourite recipes and ideas, a few of my own and few from other Canadians.
This weekend I am aiming for festive and kid-friendly with a few special drinks and appy's for the adults.
The first recipe is a fresh local fish dish with salad. It uses BC halibut cheeks, local strawberries, hazelnuts and locally made pasta. I made these recipes for a local food recipe contest, it is fresh, Canadian and red and white, what more could you ask for?!
Then there is the uniquely Canadian Cocktail, the Caesar, perfect for brunch or happy hour alike.
How do you like your Caesar, spicy or mild? Traditionally garnished with celery and a lime wedge or garnished with various other pickles and vegetables (Mmmm spicy beans anyone)? What about a protein garnish of bacon, prawn or smoked salmon? I like mine with a whole salad worth of ingredients so it doubles as an appetizer during happy hour. Why not set up a make-your-own Caesar Bar and let everyone make their own 🙂
Classic Canadian Caesar
- 3 Lime Wedges
- Celery Salt for rims
- Cubed Ice to fill 2 glasses
- 10 oz Clamato Juice
- 4 oz Vodka
- 8 dashes each Worcestershire + Tobasco or to taste
- 1 Celery Stick, PIckle Beans or other garnish or more, add as many garnishes as you like.
- Place celery salt in a saucer. Cut slit through middle of 1 lime wedge and slide it around the rim of 2 tall cocktail glasses. Then dip glass rim in the celery salt to coat the top edge.
- Fill glasses loosely with cubed ice. Pour 5 oz Clamato and 2 oz vodka into each glass. Add 4 dashes of Worcestershire and 4 dashes of Tobasco to each glass and stir to mix.
- Cut slit through middle of remaining 2 lime wedges and set them on the edge of each glass. Guests can squeeze the lime wedge into their own Caesar to further season it to taste.Add your celery stick or other garnishes and enjoy.
This dip is simply a few delicious ingredients on a bed on thick Greek yogurt in beautiful Canada Day colors. I will serve it with cucumber slices and pita wedges or pita chips.
I also plan to make Ceviche and Salsa served with tortilla chips.
Another Canadian traditional food is Bannock from the First Nations people. I was reminded recently of how my mom used to prepare it for us, wrapped around a stick and cooked over a campfire. This is so fun for kids and when it is done, there is a pocket in the middle to add some jam, nutella, a savory spread or just some butter. Here is a recipe and article on making Traditional Bannock from CBC or you can do what my mom did when we were camping and use Bisquick and water. Instead of cooking it in a pot or pan, gather sticks that are about ¾"-1" diameter (make sure they are clean on the roasting end). Form the dough over the last 6 inches of the stick then let everyone roast their own over the fire and once done fill with your favourite jam or eat with dinner like a biscuit.
My top picks for dessert this weekend are my easy and delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake or Berry Parfaits. Simple and delicious, these are kid pleasing desserts individually served in clear glasses to show off the fresh summer berries. Check out this Fool recipe from Flavour and Savour, it has a raspberry rhubarb blend which looks so yummy but I'm planning on keeping it even more simple and just using fresh berries.
Do you have any Canada Day traditions? Did you try any of these recipes? I'd love to hear all about it below.
Happy Canada Day to you all!!! Enjoy your family, friends and freedom <3 Cheers!
My Neighbor's Flag-Happy Canada Day