Aunt Elsie’s “Passatelli” soup
Submitted by Paul Lepri, Quebec
Aunt Elsie’s “Passatelli” soup
The most common reason mothers probably choose to breastfeed is the knowledge that human milk is the superior infant food. It contains live cells, like those in blood. Some components of human milk also enhance the effects of others, so the ingredients of human milk work together. Here is Why Human Milk is so Special.
We’re not even going to presume to give you a different Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey recipe than the one your family normally uses, but we will suspect that come Boxing Day, you’ll have a ton of turkey waiting to be ‘remade’ into family-friendly dishes. (Aren’t you glad we didn’t say leftovers?) This is a great recipe, and you can substitute tofu or chicken for those who want to avoid the tryptophan-induced sleepiness that comes on after eating turkey. Here’s our take on Acadian Turkey a la King.
Muriel Swetnam used to bake this unbelievable bread the old-fashioned, Nova Scotian way: using huge recycled coffee cans for the actual baking. She would sell it at church bake sales and I remember one day, she popped over to the house with a few loaves which we devoured in one evening. Eat it warm with real butter. Here’s Muriel’s Famous Brown Bread recipe.
What’s a traditional Canadian Christmas meal? Recipes, like family heirlooms, are often passed down through generations and Ancestry.ca, Canada’s leading family history website, turned to its customers to find out some of Canada’s favourite ancestral concoctions. Here is Mother Dorothy’s Pork Tenderloin.
With hundreds, if not thousands, of customs making up the Canadian cultural identity, what Ancestry.ca discovered was a true mosaic of meals.
Ok, so there might not be any thing “light” about these Christmas delights, but the way these cookies melt in your mouth you’ll think they are! They are so easy to make and will be a Christmas tradition if they aren’t already. Canada is made up of so many cultures and we are very lucky to sample the world in our cuisine. Thank you, Scotland, (and Aunt Eliza) for these gems.
When I was a student, I felt quite strongly about having a grown-up household on a low budget – especially for the holidays. In decorating my Christmas tree, I discovered gingerbread ornaments and white bows. Combined with tiny white lights, it was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen. (and the anatomically correct gingerbread people made great conversation at parties). Because we at UrbanMommies love the environment, and also feel that you can be stylish too – you might want to bake these with your kids. I kept mine for over 10 years. (Two tips: a) they don’t taste great after a few years. b) don’t let your dog eat them.)
This is a perfect party snack, and with Hallowe’en around the corner, we like the health kick and sticky sweetness. As with any small pieces, though, make sure your children are chewing and swallowing properly to avoid choking. Other than that, dig in! (and have some baby wipes nearby).
1 1/2 cup Cucumber (English) ~ 1 1/2 cup cubed
1 1/2 cup each red orange and yellow pepper cubed
3 medium vine ripened tomatoes