~ 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?
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!
More Than Poutine is organized as follows –
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Appetizers & Sides
- Snack Foods
- Main Dishes
- Jiggs Dinner
- Beverages & Condiments
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!
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.
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.
Title: More Than Poutine
Author: Marie Porter
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Celebration Generation, LLC
Recipes excerpted from –
More Than Poutine
Copyright © 2017 Marie Porter
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 🙂
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.