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Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 2.31.23 PMThanksgiving in Canada is always observed on the second Monday in October and is generally regarded as a North American tradition.  The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient.

He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet off the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him – Frobisher Bay.

In 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day. Finally on the 31st January 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed that….

‘A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed…..to be observed on the second Monday in October.’

Our traditional Thanksgiving dinner comprises of a stuffed roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, loads of gravy, carrots, cranberry sauce, squash casserole, savory stuffing, broccoli, pumpkin and apple pies.  I do, however, like to change it up and this year I’ll be serving:

apple pie in a jar by The Culinary Chase

Apple Pie in A Jar

cranberry sauce with horseradishCranberry Sauce with Horseradish

lemon squaresLemon Squares

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend or not, it’s a perfect reminder to give thanks and be thankful for all the blessings bestowed upon us.

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!

 

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