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02-10-2007, 04:16 PM
So did that stupid groundhog see its shadow or what? I am so tired of this cold weather, I could just .....freeze. I knew it was coming last fall when the horses put on winter coats that would keep a polar bear warm, but enough already! I came inside from doing my barn chores an hour ago, and my buns are still cold enough to chill beer :roll: . I am ready for all the flowers to start popping up. Thinking warm thoughts, thinking warm thoughts, thinking warm thoughts. Maybe I had better go make one of the warm soup recipies from ya'll. Stay warm everyone.

02-10-2007, 06:32 PM
No. he didn't see his shadow, which is supposed to mean early spring. Don't you wish people could grow their own coats like horses? Our barn is well-insulated and cozy, so the animals are nice and warm, we just freeze getting back and forth to feed and water them. Hot soup sounds great, but a hot buttered rum sounds even better! LOL

02-10-2007, 06:46 PM
We have beaver tails. They are a cdn treat. Basically flattened deep fried dough with cinnamon, brown sugar and lemon juice. (But the dough is whole wheat!) Delicious.....they serve them on the rideau canal which is the world's longest skating rink. It goes on for miles and miles with ice sculptures at winterlude as you skate along. Its pretty neat but cold.....
keep warm everyone

02-10-2007, 06:59 PM
Sounds gorgeous - I used to love ice skating - miss it a lot although I was never good at it, and always ended up with at least one badly sprained ankle per winter. The "beaver tails" sound like fun - I would love the recipe - we have TONS of beavers in this area - my BIL works part-time for the state fish & wildlife agency and is constantly having to relocate the critters when one of their dams starts flooding something important - I would love to serve "beaver tails" sometime just to see his reaction.

02-10-2007, 07:14 PM
In Canada, pieces of fried dough are sometimes called "Beavertails." A writer of books on Canadian word origins the name referred to quick-baked dough "especially in early 19th-century places where people might camp for one night and where there was no frying pan."[1] Some sources identify "beavertails" as an Ottawa local specialty[2]. BeaverTails is the name (and Canadian trademark) of a chain of restaurants specializing in the item, founded in Ottawa in 1978.[3]

It is made by deep-fat-frying a portion of risen yeast dough. It is often served sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon or topped with fruit sauce. Sometimes it is also topped with chocolate sauce or whipped cream. The dough acquires an irregular, bubbly appearance from being fried.

Hi Marycain - if I find an actual recipe I will post but since it is a franchise - they probably don't publicize it. Maybe you will just have to make a trip to sunny old Ottawa some time to try!!
PS I don't skate anymore either, its tough on the body especially the aching type!! Oh well.

02-10-2007, 08:11 PM
Is there a time between the cold weather and the mosquitos in the summer when it's good to visit? I've only been to Ottawa a couple of times on business, so I've not seen much of the city, but I swear those mosquitos were big enough to carry off a small animal. I've also wanted to see more of Canada, but never seem to have the time or the energy. My dream wuld be to travel across Canada by train, stopping at all the beautiful gardens in every city. We took a short train trip (a dinner train) from a town across the river from Ottawa, but I don't remember the name of the town.
I love train travel, so I always check out any new town to see if there is a scenic train trip anywhere nearby.

02-11-2007, 07:37 AM
The Chippewa tribes in Minnesota make a very similar treat just called Indian Fry Bread. We see it at fairs, local folk festivals, etc. It's really popular here. Sounds exactly like your Beaver Tails. Yummy!

02-11-2007, 09:11 AM
Back west (Montana) we called it indian fry bread too. The topping options I have seen are powdered sugar, cinamon sugar, or whipped honey butter. Here (Illinois) the term seems to be elephant ears. They are basically the same thing - Yummy! I don't think I have ever had them made with wheat dough though. I would love to try that version.

02-11-2007, 10:32 AM
I make fry bread sometimes - my Mom was native american - she used to fix it and I use her recipe. but "fry bread" as I know it isn't a yeast dough - it's leavened with baking powder and fried in hot oil or shortening, so it's more like a flat bread than anything else. Different tribes have different styles - so Creek or Osage would be different from Navajo, but mostly the difference is whether the recipe uses powdered milk or real milk. I have seen a couple of recipes that called for yeast or cornmeal but I've never made them. We sometimes top fry bread with maple syrup if we want something sweet, but usually I use it for Navajo tacos, or to eat with posole or wojape (berry pudding). I've never made it with whole wheat flour - just unbleached stone ground - but will definitely give it a try.

Kelly, where does the lemon juice come into the recipe? Is it part of the dough, or added to the toppings to cut the sweetness? I would love to experiment to create the Canadian version. I've never had elephant ears so I can't really compare, but they sound yummy too.

One thing you might want to consider if you are watching your weight or cholesterol - many public health authorities blame frybread in part for the virtual epidemic of obesity and diabetes among some Indian tribes, especially Pima and Navajo. A typical serving of frybread has 700 calories and 27 grams of fat, and that doesn't include any toppings. Hate to take the fun out of it, but it's a big part of the reason I don't make it very often - I can't afford the calorie count even though I love the taste. And there's just no way to make a low-fat version that tastes right - at least nothing I've tried. But I would appreciate any suggestions - my kids love fry bread but they don't get it often. And they don't like most posole but if we have it, they have to eat it to get the fry bread, otherwise they would just pig out on it.

Jody, are there many Anishinabeg (what you call Chippewa - Kelly probably knows them as Ojibway in Canada) in your area? I've always been interested in their culture, especially some of the shamanism like the Shaking Tent ceremonies.

02-11-2007, 11:47 AM
Elephant ears are common in the northwest at fairs and festivals as a nice, fatty, yummy, cinnamony treat!

02-11-2007, 12:55 PM
Unfortunately, coming from the South - I love anything fried - I think it's in the genes. Some folks around here take it a little far - they think anything is better deep fried - and they are WAY past fried turkey legs! So if you ever come to a festival or event around here - you might find

deep-fried twinkies
deep fried oreo cookies
deep fried snickers bars (no, not a joke)
fried cheese
deep fried corn on the cob
deep fried dill pickles
and believe it or not, deep fried Krispy Kremes used as the "bun" for a hamburger.

Compared to those, elephant ears are probably a health food.

02-11-2007, 03:55 PM
Deep fried everything sounds like the Minnesota State Fair - that and everything you've ever wanted to eat on a stick!

Marycain, there are fair number of Objibway, Chippewa or Anishinabe in this area. Not sure of the population. Some local schools teach the language and if you go a bit northwest of here there are 3 very large reservations. The Duluth area has some major sites of significance to the Ojibway tribe (an island right off the shore of Duluth, called Spirit Island and Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, just off the south shore of Lake Superior, a short distance from here.) There are a lot of traditional native arts festivals and ceremonies, so the Ojibway tradition is strong here. And, of course, there is the now ever-present casino influence. There are at least 7 Indian Gaming Casinos that I know of within 150 miles of where I live! Needless to say, gambling has become a problem for some folks in this area.

02-11-2007, 07:22 PM
Hi Everyone,
Well I just had a thought on a lower fat version of the beavertail.....We have these pita breads called "pita break" that toast up really nicely. (Do you have that brand?) They are preservative free and there are different flavours like cinnamon raisin etc. but they come in whole wheat.
I am thinking that if you toasted them them spread them with butter, cinnamon sugar and squeezed fresh lemon juice on them they would taste alot like the "Killaloe Sunrise" which is a very popular flavour.
Marycain, I am surprised you have been to Ottawa.....well honestly I love this city but you are right we have massive mosquitos and extreme humidity in the summer. The winters are crazy cold too. Tulipfest in May is quite nice. After WW2 the dutch gave the Cdn government a gift of thousands and thousands of tulip bulbs to thank us. Each year in may they bloom along the canal and it is truly breathtaking.
I am not too sure about the names of the closest native indians......I should know I am a small part metis (but mostly Irish).
A cross canada train trip would be amazing. You could stay at the old CP rail hotels that are now mostly owned by Fairmont to get even more history on the train system and just stay in beautiful places. If you haven't been to Banff or Lake Louise and like natural beauty, its the place. Prince Edward Island is amazing in the summer. Red sand beaches that go on and on....Oh I hope I am not boring everyone with this canadian banter. I love the USA too, I just don't get to go as often now that I am home. I used to work in consulting and travelled to the US often. I love Boston, New York and San Francisco. Have never really seen the south except for FLA. My husband's friend has invited us to Mississippi whenever we can swing it so I would love that sometime.
thanks for listening

02-11-2007, 08:41 PM
I work for a fairly large law firm that has a number of branches and does business overseas a lot. When I first started out, more years ago than I care to remember, I got stuck with a lot of the travel assignments because I was low person on the totem pole and the partners preferred to work out of NeW York or DC or Atlanta. So I sometimes ended up in strange countries and locations - London, the Hague, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and so on - I think for about the first year and a half I spent more time out of the country than I did in. I usually didn't get to see much of any city beyond the airport, a hotel, and whatever corporate office building or government building we happened to be in. So I've "been" to a lot of cities - just haven't really "seen" all of them. I've been to Canada on vacation - but mostly in British Columbia, and in the Canadian Maritimes. I still do some travelling - it's a lot harder now physically, but I do love to travel when I can. We took a coastal New England and Canada cruise that included a stop at Prince Edward iIsland, but I would have liked to stay a lot longer because I was such a fan of the "Anne of Green Gables" books as a kid. Maybe I will make it back to Ottawa sometime when I can actually do a little sightseeing and maybe shopping! And I will definitely try the beavertails.

02-12-2007, 07:08 PM
Thats interesting. Thanks for sharing. I love anne of green gables as well....Hope you get to take a nice trip soon.

02-12-2007, 07:41 PM
I've got the TV series on DVD and still love it - even though I've seen it a dozen times or more I still get choked up when Matthew dies - the music is just heart-wrenching. So I would definitely like to go back to Prince Edward Island and have some time to really explore - that's the only bad thing about cruises - you're tied down to the ship's schedule even if you want to stay longer. I'm glad someone else likes Anne of Green Gables - hardly anyone I know has even read the books.

02-14-2007, 10:07 AM
Oh my gosh - I think that Anne of Green Gables is still on my downstairs bookshelf! My sister and I must have watched the PBS movies about a million times as kids!

02-16-2007, 06:59 AM
I recall a Garfield comic strip once that had Garfield's owner telling him, "congratulations on your first day of dieting. Today you may have a head of cabbage. How would you like it prepared?" and Garfield said with a sneer, "Deep fry that sucker!"
I don't do any sport that requires that you are cold and are either falling down or getting up during most of it! :lol:

02-18-2007, 11:16 AM

I LOVE 'Anne of Green Gables' too! It was my setwork when I was in Grade Seven, although I had read the book long before then. I also have the movies and they are AMAZING! :D No-one else my age likes 'Anne of Green Gables' and I just don't understand why? In Grade Seven, some of the students hated the book so much that they actually had to change it for the following year's Grade Sevens, which I think is SO sad... :cry:

Keep well! :)

02-26-2007, 03:07 PM
Thought I'd send this link. There was a story this weekend in our local 'advertiser' here on "The Power of Frybread." Even had a recipe in it. (Very simple!) Anyway, thought you might like to see it. You may have to cut and paste the link into your browser. If you can't get there that way, just go to www.duluthbudgeteer.com and click on "Opinion" in the left column. The story is in there (dated 2/23/07.) The second link will take you to some pictures. Click on the last one on the right in the 'gallery' to see what the ice looks like on Lake Superior, just down the hill from where I live. I see it every morning when I drive into work. Awesome comes to mind.

The Power of Fry Bread: