How simple delicious can be.

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

During a recent glimpse into our Canadian past, I came across something ancient and appetizing called Bannock (BAHN-nuhk).  Also known as “frybread”, bannock is a traditional staple food found in North American native cuisine, dating back long before the 1860’s.  As an easy to prepare dish with minimal ingredients, it got the people by when times were tough.

Depending on who you ask, bannock may include a variety of ingredients and cooking methods – similar to Grandma’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, all recipes call for slightly different pinches of this, and hints of that. As prepared by Canadian Aboriginals, it consists simply of flour, baking powder, and water.  These ingredients are mixed together, kneaded, and then fried in oil.  (Mmm!  Get the full recipe here.)  Served warm or cold, this basic dish is eaten on its own, or with a spread of your choice – butter, jam, honey, or my complete favourite, peanut butter!

On one of those days you’re wandering through your city itching to try something new, may I boldly suggest grabbing a good friend and a fresh brewed Americano.  Head to the closest multicultral cafe or baestro, and sit queitly with a piece of bannock.  As you enjoy each bite of the warm frybread, remember to pay respect to those that came before us, and remind us how simple delicous can be.

To learn more about bannocks cultural roots, visit this blog.

R

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