34. Canada: Poutine

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Oh mighty Canada! How much I love Canada! During my gapyear after high school I lived in Vancouver for 3 months. I can honestly say Canada has some of the most friendly and coolest people in the world! So Canada… There is so much to say that I don’t know where to start. To me Canada represents freedom because it has everything: nice beaches, vibrant cities, majestic mountains, cold winters with epic ice hockey games (GO CANUCKS!!!)  and nice summers to chill by the lakes.

I took this picture myself in 2011 when the Canucks got to the finals of the Stanley Cup (ice hockey). The streets we’re soo crowded with happy people. Unfortunately when the Canucks lost it turned into a riot.

 

Here are some fun facts about Canada:

  • Canada is the second largest nation in the world and has no less then 6 timezones!!!!
  • Half of the country is covered with forests, which should come as no surprise considering one-tenth of the world’s forests can be found in Canada.
  • Despite being a huge country, Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world, with only three people living per square kilometer! Almost half of the population in Canada were born in other countries. (WHY??? Canada is one of the best places ever! Come on people!)
  • About 90% of Canada’s population is concentrated within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Canada/US border.

Well the food I made this week was really a no brainer, come on poutine is one of the best things ever! Yes I know it ain’t exactly healthy or nice looking, but oh god it’s tastes like heaven! Before I lived in Vancouver I had never heard about poutine let alone tried it. I remember the day I tried poutine like it was yesterday: I was kind of drunk after clubbing and I was looking for something to eat with some friends. We found this tiny little place where they sold poutine.

Poutine

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, ¼ cup flour, 1 shallot (minced), 1 garlic clove (minced), 4 cups beef stock, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, salt and ground black pepper (to taste), Canola oil (for frying), 2 cups white cheddar cheese curds

Cut the potatoes into lengths of about ¼” x ¼” x 4”. Place the cut up potatoes into a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough cold water to cover the potatoes and refrigerate for 2 hours. Heat the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted whisk in the flour and cook while whisking until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add the minced shallot and garlic and cook until soft (about 2 more minutes). Add the beef broth a little at a time while whisking. Whisk in ketchup, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil while whisking. Cook while whisking until the mixture has thickened (about 6 minutes). Keep the gravy warm. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 325 degrees F. Drain the water from the potatoes and dry them with paper towels. Fry the potatoes in small batches tossing occasionally until tender and slightly crisp (about 4 minutes). Drain the potatoes on paper towels and allow them to cool for 20 minutes. Increase the temperature of the deep-fryer to 190 C. Deep-fry the potatoes once again in small batches, tossing occasionally, until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Divide the potatoes into serving dishes. Pour gravy over the fries in the serving dishes and top with cheese curds. Serve immediately.

Well this song, again no brainer! Off course I could have gone for the obvious with Céline Dion or Michael Buble, but I just love this song! Not that I don’t love Michael Buble! I adore Michael Buble and listen to his music at least once a day on my iPod. But this song just describes Canada so well!

 

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