Around the World in 80 Plates: Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

Today, Captain Create has floated his balloon north to the Canadian capital, Ottowa.

Canada is a big place with lots of different and interesting people and foods! Canada’s ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area (Russia is the largest by area).

Canadians are most famous for being very polite, playing hockey, and maple syrup-scented money!

Their flag is one of the most recognizable on the planet.

The two official spoken languages in Canada are English and French, and many Canadians learn both of them along with their native language.

That is a lot of different languages, and don’t forget the immigrants from all over the world that now live in Canada. Imagine all the different food traditions there must be! Captain Create can’t possibly try them all today, so he has met with the nice folks at the Canadian Dairy Farmers to try out some Canadian milk and cheeses.

Milk cows were brought to Canada from Europe by the British and the French in the late 1600’s, and many Canadian cheeses copy the method and have similar tastes to the cheeses made in Europe. Brie is a yummy French cheese that French people living in Canada decided to copy making the brie cheese, rather that wait for the cheese to be shipped over. When the French first colonized the eastern coast of Canada, things had to be sent on a really slow boat; think Mayflower style boat! Cheddar cheese, for example, is made in the town of Cheddar, UK and also is made in Canada and the United States the same way because it was so yummy!

Let’s use some cheddar cheese and milk in a recipe! Does this recipe look like it might use more than one food group to make it?

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