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What of your Canada Day? Dedicate the long weekend to a meaningful outdoor project

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What of your Canada Day? Dedicate the long weekend to a meaningful outdoor project

The long Canada Day weekend is coming up, and no doubt you are looking forward to hanging out with family, friends or neighbours at the lake, or maybe you will enjoy some fireworks at the end of your street. That is fine for one day, but what will you do with the rest of your long weekend?

In recent years, we have made a habit of creating something permanent during the Canada Day weekend. Several years ago, we mixed some concrete in a wheelbarrow and erected a flagpole. Naturally, there is a Canadian flag on the top of it. The following year, we made a tepee-shaped pergola for the middle of the veggie garden. Today, it supports a fruit-producing grapevine and a honeysuckle that attracts hummingbirds.

Last year was the pièce de resistance. We took a full day to haul some hand-cut fieldstone into the garden and slowly moved them around until we created the perfect place to sit and observe the progress of the food garden.

We urge you to think about how to celebrate Canada’s birthday. You don’t have to lay a new interlocking patio or rebuild the deck. While these are ambitious projects, we suggest something that will make a difference to someone or something that is important to you.

Build a Bluebird nesting box

The magic of a bluebird box that attracts bluebirds is simple.

  • Use rough lumber in the interior of the box
  • Drill a one-and-half-inch hole (without a perch, so that predators will not get in)
  • Drill some ventilation holes on the sides of the box
  • Build at least two boxes: one for a house sparrow and another for a bluebird.

Bluebirds are not very aggressive, even a bossy house sparrow will out-muscle a bluebird for squatting rights.

Mount each box about five feet or 1.8 metres off the ground, facing east or south and preferably surrounded by woods or other large plants for protection.

Support a vine

There is a blank wall somewhere on your property or condo balcony, or perhaps a fence begging to support something that produces flowers. Now is the time of year to go for it. Consider a flowering clematis for a show of colour that is well worth the wait. Choose from many wonderful varieties that are still available at garden retailers.

If you are looking for some cover from the summer sun, consider a vine. A vine will cool a patio down nicely, not just by providing shade but, through the natural absorption of heat and expiration of moisture through its leaves. For a great long-term investment in vines, consider clematis, honeysuckle or climbing hydrangea. For an evergreen vine, look for green euonymus for shade and variegated varieties for sun (hardy to zone 5).

Start a water pond

Naturally, everyone would like to have a small lake in the backyard filled with turtles, colourful koi carp and overflowing with flowering water plants. However, the reality is that urban and suburban gardeners do not generally have the luxury of space.

A fun and useful addition to a deck, balcony or poolside is a watertight container that is filled with bog or water plants and a few gold fish. Make sure that you use oxygenating plants like floating water lettuce or water hyacinths to help to keep the water clean. Be prepared to dump the water out from time to time and add new from your rain barrel.

Speaking of water, be sure to dump water out of bird baths weekly to avoid mosquito breeding; clean your hummingbird feeder weekly and refill, take the time to keep bird feeders full, put out an orange sliced in half for orioles, and some grape jelly and sliced banana for the butterflies.

And remember to take some ‘hammock’ time for yourself. A worn-out gardener isn’t much use to any one.

Do something lasting and handy. Enjoy your Canada Day weekend and happy birthday Canada!

Mark Cullen is a Member of the Order of Canada. He reaches over 2 million Canadians with his gardening/environment messages every week. Receive his free monthly newsletter at www.markcullen.com Ben Cullen is a professional gardener with a keen interest in food gardening and the environment. You can follow both Mark and Ben on Twitter (@MarkCullen4), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarkCullenGardening/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/markcullengardening/).

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Happy Canada Day

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Happy Canada Day

Canada Day falls on Sunday, so celebrate your country’s birthday, and enjoy a well-deserved long weekend!

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Canada Day means lots of good food to help celebrate

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Canada Day means lots of good food to help celebrate

(NC) — As you get ready for Canada’s 150th birthday, you must be wondering how to really commemorate this occasion. The spirit of being Canadian is togetherness and what better way to bring everyone together than to indulge in the perfect Canada Day burger.

This recipe is guaranteed to make you look like a pro.

“Preparing this patriotic burger is sure to draw a crowd,” says Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice cooking school. “The Canadian burger bun with Montreal steak seasoning pairs with a maple-leaf shaped burger for the perfect combination. Top it off with a tangy Thousand Islands-style dressing for a colourful barbecue staple all season long.”

Canada Day Burgers with Thousand Island Sauce
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup PC Sriracha Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup baby dill pickles with garlic, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 frozen PC Our Great Canadian Thick & Juicy Maple Leaf Beef Burgers
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into half-inch (1 cm) thick rounds
  • 4 PC Canadian Burger Buns, split
  • 2 leaves Boston lettuce, halved
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 slices zesty garlic deli-sliced dill pickles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat barbecue to medium heat.
  2. Stir together shallot, mayonnaise, ketchup, baby dill pickles, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Place frozen burgers on greased grill; close lid. Cook, turning once, until instant- read thermometer reads 160F (71C) when inserted sideways into burgers, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place red onion on greased grill and close lid. Cook, turning once, until grill-marked, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place buns, cut sides down, on greased grill and close lid. Cook until light golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Divide lettuce among bottom halves of buns. Top with burgers, shallot mixture, red onion, tomatoes and sliced dill pickles (if using), dividing evenly. Sandwich with top halves of buns.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 750; fat 51 g (14 g of which is saturated); sodium 1,070 mg; carbohydrates 46 g; fibre 5 g; sugars 9 g; protein 30 g. More recipe ideas are available online http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA.html

REDISCOVER CANADIAN CUISINE

As you celebrate our special anniversary year, don’t miss the amazing foods we have to offer. Here Lynn Crawford, one of Canada’s most iconic chefs, shares some of the food trends she’s currently seeing trend in our 150th year.

Canadian-international fusion

From far and wide, our multicultural mosaic means infusing Canadian favourites with international flavours.

“Earlier this year, Canadian-international fusion made Loblaw’s list of 2017 food trends, and they couldn’t have been more right,” remarks Crawford. Use spice mixes like Za’atar, Togarashi and Ras El Hanout to kick up the flavour in dips and barbecue meats. Or turn your meal routine upside down with sushi burritos made from British Columbian salmon, a steaming plate of butter chicken poutine, or a kimchi grilled cheese.

French-Canadian cuisine

With popular restaurants like Joe Beef and Le Toqué, it’s no surprise that Montreal recently topped a list of 10 rising star foodie destinations. It continues to get the attention of food blogs and food writers as the city celebrates its own 375th anniversary. Embrace our Quebecois heritage with hearty dishes like poutine, creton, baked beans, pea soup, tourtiere, ragoût de pattes de porc, and tarte au sucre. You can also try the bounty of locally produced cheese, bagels and smoked meats.

First Nations food

Discover foods with a history richer than our country’s modest 150 years by learning about First Nations household favourites that have been enjoyed here for millennia. “Some of my favourites to cook with are huckleberries, Saskatoon berries and baked apples. For meats I like pickerel, goose, quail and moose. And for grains wild rice barley and corn,” says Crawford.

Dip into the First Nation’s cookbook scene and you’ll find outstanding recipes like green corn leaf bread, traditional bannock, smoked salmon and roasted partridge.

Patriotic colour palette.

Desserts are an easy place to add a pop of red and white to your party. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and rhubarb are the perfect accompaniment to white chocolates, cakes, creams and meringues in airy summer desserts. “Try ingredients like cranberry juice and Clamato for a festive touch in the drink department,” advises Crawford.

CELEBRATE CANADA

Canada turns 150 this year and families can feel fortunate for the many healthy and delicious local foods that inspire gatherings with great friends. In fact, more than eight out of 10 Canadians want to cook with more fresh, local or regional ingredients according to a recent study.

Fortunately, celebrated Canadian chefs, like Toronto’s Cory Vitiello, make it easy with delicious recipes for any kind of family gathering.

For an easy-to-share winner made with wholesome ancient grains pasta, try this effortless dish Cory created for Catelli Pasta’s 150th anniversary recipe collection in honour of its shared birthday with Canada.

Fresh Halibut, Pistachio & Cherry Tomato Fusilli
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. (340 g) Catelli Ancient Grains fusilli
  • 10 oz. Pacific halibut fillet (cut into one-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cherry tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of washed baby arugula
  • 10 slices pancetta
  • 12 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (83 mL) flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Slice pancetta into half-inch pieces. Over medium heat, cook pancetta in large sauté pan until it begins to brown and tender. Add garlic, cherry tomatoes and olive oil and cook until tomatoes begin to blister and burst.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook fusilli according to package instructions.
  4. Add halibut to pan; lightly season with salt and sauté over medium heat, turning pieces over for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned and just cooked. Fish should be flaky and fork tender.
  5. Roughly chop pistachios and thinly slice Brussels sprouts, removing root ends.
  6. Add pistachios, Brussels sprouts and arugula to sauté pan and stir on medium heat until greens are wilted — no more than two minutes.
  7. Drain cooked pasta and add to sauté pan; gently stir in chopped parsley and a pinch of salt. Add pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with extra parsley leaves.

Find more recipes at https://www.catelli.ca/en/.

From News Canada http://www.newscanada.com/

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