More than Poutine Book Review Plus Lobster Roll and Donair Recipes

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~ More than Poutine Book Review plus lobster roll and donair recipes ~

More Than Poutine is written by Marie Porter as a tribute to her homeland, Canada.  Canada just celebrated a big 150th birthday so there’s no better time to release a book devoted to food that Canadians love to eat! There’s more than 120 recipes in this one covering everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner and everything in between.

Are you a Canadian that lives elsewhere and now miss some of your favourite foods? Maybe you aren’t a Canadian and want to know more about what we eat?  It’s not just poutine, ya know, or, um, it’s more than poutine (though, poutine is AWESOME!)  Read on – this one is for you!

What’s MORE THAN POUTINE aLL ABout?

More Than Poutine is the 6th recipe book written by Marie Porter and it’s packed with favourite Canadian recipes.  It was released this week, October 2nd, so it’s hot off the press!  After Marie had  been living outside Canada for more than 11 years, and missing some of her favourite foods, she decided to develop recipes that she could easily make herself to satisfy that craving.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I crave a specific food item, I have to have it or I won’t stop obsessing. You too?

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Most of the recipes in this book are gluten free and if they are not, there are suggested substitutions to make them gluten free.  That’s pretty great, if you ask me.

With each recipe, there’s a little ‘story’, if you will, about the recipe or what it means to Marie.  Plus, all the recipes have pictures which were photographed by Marie’s husband, Michael.  It’s certainly nice to have pics, especially if you aren’t sure what a finished product should look like.

The book leans to the sweet/dessert/comfort food side, but Marie acknowledged that in her Foreword.  The stress of moving away from home and missing certain foods would certainly cause people to reach for comfort foods and things that are a little more indulgent.

Related to the sweet recipes, there are a fair number recipes for homemade candy bars – basically recipes for replicating store bought candy bars that you could make at home.  Cool, huh?  How awesome would it be to make a bunch to gift during the holidays?

I would have loved to see more wild game in the book, like moose or caribou. However, as Marie noted some of this is unavailable outside Canada.  What I did love, though, is her recipes for Salt Meat (totally popular here in Newfoundland, where I’m from) and Montreal Smoked Meat (which, as Marie points out, is not the same as pastrami).  I was amazed at the process of the smoked meat.  It seems like a super fun project and Marie’s instructions are laid out very well This would be a fun one to do and use the end result for Montreal smoked meat sandwiches or even put on poutine for an ultimate treat!  Are ya hungry yet?

Some of the recipes yielded a lot!  I’m looking at you French Canadian Pea Soup.  Marie did acknowledge this in the recipe details and notes that it freezes well, so this may be a good one to make in the colder months or, perhaps, half the recipe.  It’s definitely comfort in a bowl and will warm ya right up!  My grandmother would make pea soup with dumplings often (hint hint, nan).  I like mine with a touch of vinegar.  May sound odd, but it’s so good!  I get the love of vinegar from my mother – she is obsessed with the stuff!

WHAT’S COVERED?

More Than Poutine is organized as follows –

  • Foreward
  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Appetizers & Sides
  • Snack Foods
  • Main Dishes
  • Jiggs Dinner
  • Beverages & Condiments
  • Desserts
  • Conversions
  • Resources
  • Index

RECIPES TESTED

I choose to make two sandwich style recipes from More Than Poutine – the Lobster Roll and Donair.

LOBSTER ROLLS on page 85

This lobster roll was super simple to make and it tasted delish!  Hubby devoured the whole thing in .5 seconds flat, lol.   I know how to cook lobster.  However,  the actual cooking instructions weren’t listed, only the time.  If anyone was unfamiliar with the process, it may be confusing.   Small thing, but important.  Cook it by boiling in a big pot of salted water, by the way.  Marie suggested serving with a pickle spear.  I didn’t have on hand, buuuut I did have one of my fave sandwich sides – chips (salt and vinegar, to be exact)! I would definitely make this one again!

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Lobster Roll {More Than Poutine book review} - girlheartfood.com

Print Recipe
Lobster Rolls
Acknowledgement:  Recipe excerpted from - More Than Poutine Copyright  ©  2017  Marie Porter Published  by Celebration Generation, LLC Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
roll
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
roll
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook the lobster for no more than 10 minutes. Pick out all of the meat from the shell and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Toss lobster meat with remaining ingredients. Stuff into a roll. Serve with kettle chips and a pickle spear.
Recipe Notes

It doesn't specify this in the book, but how to cook the lobster is to place in a big pot of salted boiling water.

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DONAIRS on page 99

I have no idea why donairs are particularly popular in Canada, especially eastern Canada, but they are….and for good reason!  The instructions for this recipe were clear and concise and it was actually kinda fun to make.  You may think that the sauce is a little odd with the sweetened condensed milk/vinegar/garlic combo, but it works!  So much so, that you may want extra sauce 😉

The instructions said to cut the meat into 1/4 inch slices and I think traditionally it is cut into longer strips.  I, however, cut crossways because I found it easier to do so.  Plus, my pita bread was on the smaller side.  Still tastes the same no matter what way you cut it, right?

This one does require prep time so if you want to have on a specific day like Saturday for dinner, do your prep work on Friday like I did.

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More than Poutine book review {Donair} - girlheartfood.com

Donair {More Than Poutine book review} - girlheartfood.com

Print Recipe
Donairs
Acknowledgement:  Recipe excerpted from - More Than Poutine Copyright  ©  2017  Marie Porter Published  by Celebration Generation, LLC Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hrs, 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
donairs
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hrs, 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
donairs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). Peel and chop onion, pulse in a food processor until pureed. Dump onion into the middle of 2-3 layers of paper towels or cheesecloth; gather the edges and squeeze all of the liquid from the onions. Return onion solids to the food processor, discard liquid.
  2. Add about 1 lb of the ground beef, the corn starch, spices and salt to the food processor, process until it's a creamy paste. Add another 1 lb of beef, process again until smooth. Add remaining beef, process once again until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor to ensure that everything is smooth. Form meat mixture into a large log shape, place onto a broiling pan/rack. Bake for 2 hours, flipping loaf over at the halfway point.
  3. Once 2 hours are up, remove from oven, allow to cool to room temperature. Wrap cooled beef in plastic wrap, chill for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combined sweetened condensed milk, vinegar, and garlic powder. Use a whisk to mix together the sauce ingredients - it'll take some time, but it will eventually come together. Once well combined and thick, transfer to a covered container, chill unti use.
  5. To assemble: Brush pitas with a little water, heat in a hot frying pan until warmed through.
  6. Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan. Slice donair meat into 1/4" thick slices, add to pan and reheat until desired texture (if you like the crispy edges, cook a little longer than you would if you don't!). Pile reheated meat on warm pita, drizzle generously with sauce, top with onions and tomatoes. Wrap in wax paper, parchment paper, or foil to hold it together while eating, serve immediately.
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY RECIPES I’D LOVE TO TRY

  • Bannock on page 11
  • Montreal Smoked Meat on page 33
  • Ginger Beef on page 103
  • Tarte au Sucre on page 200

SHOULD THIS BOOK BE ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

I would have liked to see a few more recipes that I, personally, consider to be a good representation of foodie dishes in this wonderful country. Mussels, for instance, is one of those dishes and are particularly popular in eastern Canada.

It also would have been nice to see a snap shot of prep and cook times for each recipe at the top rather than have it mixed in throughout the instructions.  It definitely would have come handy when skimming through the book and picking out something to make, ya know?

Having said that, what I did enjoy about this book is that it truly opened my eyes to recipes popular in other provinces that I have yet to try.  For example, Bannock (on page 11), which is a First Nations bread recipe, and Tarte au Sucre (on page 200) which is popular Quebec dessert.

Being from Newfoundland (and being on an island) we are the most easterly part of Canada (and North America). It is unbelievably expensive to travel, particularly fly, anywhere within our home province, let alone the rest of Canada.  Therefore, More Than Poutine gives me an opportunity to try a bunch of dishes without having to pay for the expensive airfare.

You can really feel the love that Marie has for her homeland through her recipes and the descriptions of each and she should be proud of that.  If you are looking to experience more of Canada, I totally recommend More Than Poutine

GIVEAWAY – WHAT ARE THE DEETS?

The author, Marie Porter of Celebration Generation has been generous enough to give away a copy of More Than Poutine to one of you guys!  It’s open to anyone in Canada, US, or UK.  

All you have to do to enter is  comment below telling me what is your favourite Canadian recipe or ingredient or just comment in general about the post and fill in the Rafflecopter form.  

The winner will be drawn at random and the book will be sent directly to you from the author.

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Title: More Than Poutine

Author:  Marie Porter

Paperback: 242 pages

Publisher: Celebration Generation, LLC

ISBN:  978-0-9976608-4-5

Acknowledgement: 

Recipes excerpted  from –

More Than Poutine

Copyright  ©  2017  Marie Porter

Published  by

Celebration Generation, LLC

Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Hope you’ve enjoyed More Than Poutine Book Review! Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂

~D

P.S. If you want to check out more book reviews, you can check them out here and here

Disclosure:  I received a review copy of More than Poutine from Marie Porter, but was not otherwise compensated.  All opinions, as usual, are my own.

 

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32 thoughts on “More than Poutine Book Review Plus Lobster Roll and Donair Recipes

  1. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    Yay Canada!! I seriously love your reviews, Dawn. We love our donairs out West too – so popular! And Montreal smoked meat!? I don’t think I craved anything more than that the last time I was pregnant haha. Love all of this!! Cheers friend (and Happy Thanksgiving) 😉

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I love the title of this book! When we first moved to upstate New York, I had never heard of poutine. But being so close to Canada now, we occasionally see poutine show up on menus around here. And, of course, we had to try it when we went up to Montreal on vacation. Speaking of Montreal, I’ve heard about Montreal Smoked Meat before. Thanks for the reminder! Now I need to go try it out sometime! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Dawn!
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  3. Milena | Craft Beering says:

    Fantastic Dawn! Who doesn’t love a good lobster roll? My compliments for actually tackling the lobster (I get chills, cannot do it), but once cooked, here I come:) And how cool that Canadians love donairs! Donair places were all over Sofia when I was growing up and they were where we always went after a night of clubbing – they stay open 24 hrs… And they were in Germany and BC – Vancouver has no shortage of them, lol! How I wish I had one right now. Yep, Canadians know how to eat and farmer market and have fun…Cheers my dear! To that awesome book in your possession and food from all over the world:)

  4. Stephanie Nelson says:

    This looks like an awesome cookbook and the recipes tested look fantastic! Yum, I would love to try the cookbook out! Fingers crossed!

  5. Sandra says:

    Great job on the book review Dawn. Your Lobster Roll and Donair look delicious. I know I would really enjoy the More Than Poutine cookbook. My favourite Canadian ingredient would be Maple Syrup.

  6. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    I’ll have to take your word that sweetened condensed milk works with garlic and, um, beef :). (That recipe kind of reminds me of Friends when Rachel made the trifle but some of the pages were stuck together. . .) The lobster roll looks fantastic though! I don’t know much about Canadian food other than poutine and Nanaimo bars, so this book looks like a great place to start learning! Have a fab weekend, girlie!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Mary Ann – it is 🙂 That’s so exciting! Hope you have an awesome time…don’t forget to try poutine and a smoked meat sandwich 😉 Happy weekend to you too, my friend!

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Sounds like that cookbook has a lot of amazing recipes! I’m not really familiar with poutine, but I do love the sound of it. And those lobster rolls look incredible…one of my favorite foods! I bet this was so fun to explore and to find some new and creative recipes!

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