By now, if you follow this journal regularly, you’ll have read about a number of exotic cuisines from around the world which each has its own signature Spice Blend. In North Africa, they’re Ras al Hanouts. In India, they’re Masalas. But they all have two Spices in common…
When you think ‘Canadian’ food, there are only a few menu items that come to mind as genuine Canadian inventions. One of the first, of course, is Poutine. But I recently read somewhere that Poutine is ‘evolving’ and some are asking, how far can you ‘evolve’ the dish before it becomes something else?
Okay… Cue Gordon Lightfoot’s Canadian Railroad Trilogy in the background and settle in for a tale about how the Chinese folks who came to Canada to build the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century triggered the creation of a whole new tradition – ‘Canadian Chinese’!
Okay. It’s not really a lie. But it’s a misconception that the public seems to cherish as truth, and one which is passively, gladly enabled by the processed food industry which uses it universally on packaging and in commercials. Is it just a clever marketing mind game or cruel, profit-motivated cynicism?
As a North American who enjoys all the world’s cuisines, I believe deeply that food is a basic human element, uniting the lives and cultures of everyone in this old world of ours at a fundamental level. But as a Canadian, I like to take note when my homeland gets a leg-up on Big Brother U.S.!