When visiting Algoma Country, partake in some of our great dishes that really are Canadian.
What’s a butter tart, anyway? Well, according to Wikipedia: “A butter tart is a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada's quintessential desserts. The tart consists of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top.” In my book, a butter tart is syrupy goodness in a pastry, and a must-eat while you’re in Algoma. Our region is home to the very best maple syrup producers on St. Joseph Island, and many of the delectable tarts you find here are made with maple syrup. It truly is goodness at its best! But beware, the only way you can make them with fewer calories is to not eat a whole one, and that’s impossible!
It may surprise you that I think bacon is Canadian. We’re absolutely head over heals in love with bacon! Peameal bacon is better known as Canadian bacon but even the regular strip bacon that is served world wide is a delectable treat that we Canadians are crazy about. For those of you who have never heard of peameal bacon, it’s lean pork loin that is brined and rolled in cornmeal.
You can buy Canadian bacon from Valleyfield Farm
Did you know that when the temperatures start to drop and spring is right around the corner, on St. Joseph Island local companies start to tap their trees? The wonderful lovely sap will be boiled to a 40-1 ration; 40 gallons of sap gives you one gallon of pure, thick, golden maple syrup. If you’ve never tasted pure maple syrup from St. Joseph Island, it’s a must. Your pancakes and waffles will thank you!
Experience Maple Syrup Time on the Island:
Canada is the largest producer of wild blueberries, and Algoma is home to some of the best blueberries around! In mid-August, you’ll see trucks parked on the side of the highway with folks selling baskets of this wonderful fruit. Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Not only are blueberries delicious, but they are so good for you! In Wawa, we have a blueberry farm and processor, Algoma Highlands Wild Blueberry Farm. Not only do they sell this little blue fruit packed with such wonderful goodness, but they process some of the berries into jams, syrup and barbeque sauce. And coming soon, they will be selling blueberry wine!
Okay, so milk isn’t Canadian, but our milk is different. How, you might ask? Did you know our milk is free of all unnatural hormones? We have a local farm and producer right here in Algoma. Known as Lock City Dairies, we buy our milk products only a few miles away from the cows that produced it! Our milk is purchased in bags, yes bags, not cardboard or plastic cartons. This is great for the environment and very convenient! Lock City Dairies also makes butter and ridiculously wonderful ice cream!
Poutine is french fries, slathered with wonderful thick gravy and topped with cheese curds. The result is a wonderful mixture of flavours that will have you order this dish again and again. But remember, order it more than once, because this delicious treat isn’t served in the U.S. yet, to the best of my knowledge! (if the cheese isn't curds, it doesn't count.)
Our favourite and probably the most famous coffee shop in Canada, Tim Horton’s, is home to the double double. Now, you can probably order this at most coffee shops now in Canada, but the true beginning of the double double got started at our very own Tim Horton’s! So, what’s a double double? It’s a coffee with double the amount of cream and double the amount of sugar. Now to someone who orders a coffee black, or with cream and no sugar, this would seem a useless fact, but to folks such as myself who perk up every morning with her double double, this truly is a Canadian staple!
Now to folks that have no idea what a Caesar is, perhaps you will be picturing Caesar and Cleopatra in your head right now. But in Canada, a Caesar is the sister drink of a Bloody Mary. You make a Caesar with clamato juice, vodka, worcestershire, a tablespoon of pickle juice and a salted rim, some even throw in a few drops of tabasco sauce for good measure! Often served with a dill pickle spear, a slice of lemon, and even at times a celery stick.