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A Primer on French Canadian Cuisine

There is something so deliciously scrumptious about the French style of cooking. Something so delectable, you cannot help but fantasize over their Traditional cuisine. Seeing as majority of Quebec’s and Northern Eastern provinces of Canada’s population were influenced through a rich, French Heritage, it is of no surprise that we will be looking into some fantastic and efficient cooking tips for creating authentic French- Canadian Cuisine. I’m happy to announce that this scrumptious, yet unique style of cuisine is not all “frogs legs” and “caviar”. Traditional French-Canadian cuisine recipes, which we have all grown to know and love, have left their mark in Canada. Dishes such as Pea soup, Dough boys (dumplings) and Spicy pork Pate (French-Canadian Creton) are only the tip of the iceberg of what is available to gorge on. Since French-Canadian Cuisine is created through the incorporation of Traditional Canadian Cuisine with that of France, you can be sure that this style of cooking will enable you let your creativity flow freely. As Canada is responsible for introducing the world to foods such as Poutine, maple syrup and Smoked meat.

The French Cuisine influence comes from various and diverse ingredients such as;

Bacon,Wine, Cheese, Beef, Boudin, Chicken, Cured ham, Dry sausage, Duck, Lavender, Duck Confit, Duck mousse, Goose, Goose liver, Ham, Lamb, Lard, Mutton, Organ meats, Paté, Pork, Rabbit, Rillettes, Sausage, Turkey, Veal and Wild Boar, Angelica, Basil, Bay leaves,Caper,Chervil, Chives, Cinnamon, Clove, Coffee, Cognac, Coriander, Cumin, orange water flower,Dill,Garlic,Ginger, Honey, Lavender, Mint, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Poppy Seed, Rosemary, Saffron, Sesame seeds, Rose Water, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme, Vanilla, Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Beets, Belgian Endive, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, carrots, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Celery, celery Root, Chard, Cucumber, fennel, Egg Plant, Green Onions, Lettuce, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Salsify, Sorrel, Shallots, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potato,Tomato, Turnips, White beans, Water cress, Zucchini, Almonds, Apricot, Apple,Cranberries, Banana, Blackberry, Black currant, Blueberries, Cherries, Clementine, Coconuts, Dates,Elderberry, Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Hazelnuts, Lemon, Kiwi, Lime, Melon, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Olives, Papaya, Peach, Peanuts,Pear, Pineapple, Pine nuts, Pistachio Nuts, Prunes, Plums, Quince, Raisins, Raspberry, Red currant, Roasted chestnuts, Strawberries, Tangerine and Walnuts.

When Canadian cuisine is infused with the ingredients and methods of French styled cooking, your taste buds are in for the ride of their lives. This is where the very magic is made Combining traditional recipes and ingredients to Merge into something completely new. Keep in mind to follow the recipes thoroughly, as well as having the right ingredients and measures there of. There are many diverse recipes of French-Canadian Cuisine available to be tried. As with French cooking, it is imperative to stick to the allotted cooking time. Although you are merging two different cultural cuisines, make sure to not over power one or the other, ingredients, rather creating a perfect balance.

Here are two Traditional French-Canadian cuisine dishes which are very popular today:

French Canadian Tourtiere

Using traditional Canadian meat such as ground beef spiced with only the most aromatic combinations (Allspice, bay leaves and garlic) in this French-inspired recipe, creates a mouth-watering experience. There are assorted recipes available for this spectacular meat pie, however each family claims that theirs as the best. A dash of nutmeg can also be added.

Pig and Pea Soup

Creating an entire new concept on traditional styled Pea soup, the use of ham is a centuries-old French-Canadian dish, which was most likely eaten by Quebecs first explorers. Using dried beans, this Pig and Pea Soup presents itself more like a stew. This hearty, meaty, comfort-styled food is satisfyingly filling while simple and easy to prepare.

There is something so wonderful about merging the food of two diverse cultures and traditions together, and creating an entirely new cuisine. French-Canadian cuisine is tasty and timeless. Hope you enjoy.

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