My First Authentic Food Memory - The Canadian Food Experience Project #Canadian Food - Sucre à la Crème

In April I attended the first Food Bloggers of Canada conference. I had the chance to be sitting next to Valerie from A Canadian Foodie all week-end. We talked, we laughed, we exchanged ideas and we took notes during each session. We had a great connection all week-end.

You should have seen Valerie when she heard Dana McCauley's Call to Action to identify our Canadian Voice. Her face completely changed, her eyes became bright and I knew at that moment that she was already thinking about how Canadians bloggers could unite so that we can be heard all around the World. 

It did not took long for Valerie to invite all Canadian bloggers to join her in an amazing new project: The Canadian Food Experience Project. This project starts today, June 7th, and already 57 bloggers are part of this project and the list is growing.

My first authentic food memory starts at home. I am French Canadian and was born and raise on a farm. You can see me on the picture, on the left, with my parents and my sister. I have two other siblings.

My parents did not have much money and at our table we would find meat, potatoes and vegetables most of the nights. The vegetables were the one we had grown during the Summer. The meat was coming from some neighbours that were raising cows. Mom would prepare quick meals because my dad had to feed the animals every day and during the Summer he spent countless hours in our fields.

I was the oldest and helped as much as I could. I started at seven to help prepare meals. What I loved the most was baking. I have memories of my mom preparing brown sugar fudge and I could not wait to lick the bowl. Throughout my childhood I baked many dessert but to this day I still have images that kept coming back of that fudge.

Every winter I could not wait for the first snow to fall and go at my uncle cottage with our skidoos. We would bring our portable BBQs and mom would prepare burgers. I am telling you, these are the best burgers that I have ever ate. Why you are going to ask? The reason being that it was nice when my parents would take some time off from all the work at the farm, spend time with us, and do something that was fun with us.

My food memories are associated to family because that is what is the most important to me.

My Mom Old-Fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge - Sucre à la Crème

Sucre à la crème is a traditional Quebec treat. This fudge melts in your mouth. In my family we serve Sucre à la crème around the Christmas holidays, but my mom will also make it during family gatherings any time of the year. 

1 cup cream 35%
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp butter

Boil cream, brown sugar & sugar until mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water.

Remove from heat and cool slightly for about 30 min.

Add 1 Tbsp butter, a pinch of salt and 1 tsp vanilla then beat until smooth and creamy, and mixture starts to thicken up.

Butter a pie plate. Pour mix & let it firm up. Cut into squares.

My mom Gisèle

The Canadian Food Experience Project began June 7 2013. As we (participants) share our collective stories across the vastness of our Canadian landscape through our regional food experiences, we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity through the cadence of our concerted Canadian voice. Please join us.