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Canadian Food: What's in a name?

Is there such a thing as Canadian cuisine? The idea of ordering "Canadian" may have some scratching their heads. But Canada has given the world its share of gastronomic delights. From peameal bacon to poutine to pemmican, CBC Archives digs in to some distinctly homegrown fare.

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Ordering the Winnipeg goldeye and the tourtière with a side of poutine followed by Nanaimo bars for dessert will probably get you blank stares south of the border. But here in Canada, it will produce a fine meal of smoked fish, meat pies, fries with cheese curds and gravy, and layered chocolate buttercream squares. Katherine Barber looks at the origins of these uniquely Canadian foods in this CBC Television report.
• A typical tourtière is a French-Canadian meat pie of ground pork and spices enclosed in pastry. But there are many variations of this traditional Quebec dish. CBC's Peter Gzowski talks to couple of aficionados about the makings of an authentic tourtière.
• Winnipeg goldeye is a silvery freshwater fish which is particularly popular as a delicacy in Manitoba. It turns reddish gold when smoked.

• A Nanaimo bar is a famous layered dessert of chocolate, butter cream, cookie crumbs, coconut and sometimes nuts which originated in Nanaimo, B.C. in the 1950s. Nanaimo is a port city on Vancouver Island.
• Poutine is a popular Quebec fast food consisting of fries, gravy and cheese curds. 
Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: June 29, 1999
Reporter: Katherine Barber
Duration: 4:22
This piece has been edited due to copyright.

Last updated: February 13, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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