Due to the lack of quality presidential candidate choices here in the US many people are threatening to move to Canada if their candidate doesn’t win. Don’t panic, I’m not getting political on here, I’ll leave that to your Facebook friends who you recently unfriended. 🙂 Instead I’m here to give you tips to help your transition to Canada go smoother.
First off, your Independence Day moves up by three days. July 1st is Canada Day for those that don’t know. Gone is the red, white, and blue as you are now red, white, and that’s it. You can still say America as most people refer to the US as the states or the United States of America since Canada is a North American country…therefore they are Americans too. Just saying. Don’t worry, they still have fireworks. You still get to get drunk and blow off your fingers…but your hospital bill won’t be so high.
Speaking of holidays, your Thanksgiving moves up too. It’s the second Monday of October…in the states it’s Columbus Day. It celebrates the harvest and to look back and be thankful for the blessings of the last year. You know all the stuff you put #blessed next to….that. Canadian Thanksgiving pretty much has the same food but cranberries aren’t quite in season yet usually so jellied cranberry sauce it is.
Buy yourself a good and unique coat. I’m not sure if you have heard, but it’s a tad cold in Canada. And in some parts, cough, cough, Winterpeg, it’s really cold. You are going to be wearing a lot of layers, scarves covering most of your face, hats and a hooded coat all over all of that. People aren’t going to see your face. So get a coat that people see and say oh, hey it’s Peabody (or whatever your name is…I doubt you have my name, pretty much no one does).
Canadian money is colorful much like the kind you find in the game of Monopoly. Until they recently changed the $5 bill people used to turn Sir Wilfrid Laurier into Spock…it’s known as Spocking. The one and two dollar bills…are not bills. They are coins. Yep. Coins. And we all know who people in the US hate coins. They are referred to as loonie and toonies. But Canada did ditch the penny so you won’t have to carry those around anymore.
Beverages: Buy your coffee at Tim Hortons. Just like the South if you ask for iced tea you will get sweetened iced tea. Milk comes in a bag. Take it home and put it in another container. Get over it. Plan ahead if you want to get drunk. Unless in Alberta, and Parts of BC you are going to have to buy your booze at a government run liquor store and those close super early. Speaking of getting drunk you can do it legally at 18 if you live in Alberta, Manitoba, or Quebec. The rest you have to be 19…but at least that’s two years earlier.
Hockey. It’s kind of everywhere. You need to at least know enough to follow along. If you go and see it in person you will be hooked. It’s the best. Though be warned Canadian hockey teams love to cause you heartache. Curling. It’s fun. Give it a try. Butts of Curling is a great instgram to follow. 🙂
In honour (they spell weird too) of Canada Day (it’s Friday) I made some Red Licorice Ice Cream. I had a reader quite a while ago ask if I had ever made red licorice ice cream and I had not. If you like Red Vines you will like this. Can you make it with Twizzlers? Probably. Probably any licorice. This is made just like the candy corn ice cream years ago that I made. It’s a fun flavor and does indeed taste like Red Vines since you simply soak them in the cream while they disintegrate.
Red Licorice Ice Cream
2 cups Heavy Cream
1 cup Whole Milk
¼ cup granulated sugar
15 sticks of red licorice (I used Red Vines)
Pour 1 cup of the cream and sugar into a medium saucepan.
Add the red licorice.
Warm over medium heat, stirring, until you start to see the licorice dissolve.
Turn heat off and let cream come to room temperature.
Add the remaining cream and milk.
Put into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight, at least 12 hours. When you can remember to, shake the container up to get the licorice loose.
Remove from refrigerator and strain the milk/cream mixture through a sieve or really small strainer to catch the licorice pieces that did not disintegrate.
Freeze in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.