Canada is sometimes referred to as a cultural mosaic where many nationalities come together while retaining their unique traits. Multiculturalism is a distinctively Canadian trait so let’s honour our diversity this Canada Day with a celebration of worldly flavours from near and far. We’ll be taking you on a culinary journey – looking at flavour-filled recipes that pay homage to our unique culture and distinctive red and white patriotic colours.
New Cultures = New Fun, Family-Favourite Dishes
First stop: Spain! Paella encompasses all that is Spanish – the colour, the passion, the variety and the social warmth of the people. Typically, you place the entire pan in the center of the table and everyone scoops up the rice and veggies (no dishes required!). This unique way of eating will surely become a favourite when you try it out on next week’s menu! Just close your eyes and picture a dish prepared by simmering together rice, vegetables, and other seasonings..yum!
Cooking New Foods doesn’t mean Re-inventing the Wheel
Trying new foods from different cultures doesn’t mean you have to arm yourself with radically different cooking techniques or tools. If you enjoy a little backyard barbecuing, forget the burger patties next time and try churrasco – also known as Brazilian barbecue steak! Indulge yourself on next week’s menu and join the Argentine weekend festivities at your own kitchen table. All the fun without the all the work!
New Foods Aren’t Scary
The next stop on our food journey takes us to Vietnam where we learned to appreciate new foods – because really, they are not as scary as they sound! Take the banh mi for example: its name sounds foreign but it is pretty much the most delicious sandwich on earth. This sandwich is a true party in the mouth – you have crunchy veggies, creamy mayo and perfectly seasoned shrimp with just the right amount of spice. It’s enough to make you want to travel to Vietnam right now!
New Cultures = New Ingredients
The final stop in our food journey takes us to Russia where the grain, Kasha is found! Since trying this unique gluten-free grain out, we’ve wanted to include it in every dish we made. This popular Russian grain has been making quite a large impression on the food scene lately. In our take on kasha, we pair it with kidney beans, spiced carrots and fragrant spices. Sounds delicious, right? As if that wasn’t enough, kasha is also a gluten-free grain that has amazing health benefits – it contains high levels of magnesium and lowers blood pressure. Healthy and delicious? Don’t mind if we take seconds!
In honour of Canada Day, let’s acknowledge the nation by celebrating its multiculturalism! On next week’s menu, we are featuring the dishes above (plus more!), providing all the ingredients you’ll need to cook up a truly delicious experience for all you wanderlust gourmets.
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