Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Maple Syrup Recipes for Canada Day

This post originally appeared in Persephone Magazine on July 1, 2011. Cross-posted with permission. 

Happy Canada Day, Readers! I'm a Canadian lady, so on this most Canadian of days I'm whipping out ALL THE PATRIOTISM! (And maple syrup.)

My recipes today come from Pierre & Janet Burton's Canadian Food Guide. (Non-Canadians: Pierre Burton was one of the most popular Canadian historians of all time. OF ALL TIME! If you don't believe me, just look at
his Wikipedia page. You can't throw a microfiche reader in the Canadian history section of your library without hitting one of his books. And check out the majestic sideburns he had...)

See what I mean? Majestic!

So, the Canada Day recipes I speak of are Maple Mousse and Maple Rum Cooler. Because what's more Canadian than maple syrup? Nothing, that's what! According to Pierre and Janet Burton, these two recipes were adapted from The Royal Victoria Cook Book, published in 1900.

I found a maple leaf-shaped candy dish that looked perfect for making a Maple Mousse in. The only trouble is, mousse doesn't un-mould the same way a gelatin does, so I had to leave it in the dish. As should be expected in two dishes where the key ingredient is maple syrup, these are both rather sweet. If sweet isn't your thing, you should stay far, far away from these because your blood sugar levels will go up just looking at them.

You could make the Maple Rum Cooler without rum, if you wanted to, or if it isn't a good idea for you to drink rum in the middle of the day. I had to drink it with the rum, though, you see... for research purposes. This is a very important cultural/historical study. Of course, if you do drink a large rum cooler in the middle of the day with nothing but a bit of maple syrup mousse on your stomach, you might think it's a super patriotic idea to dress up like a lumberjack and draw a sexy beard on your face with the stub of an old eyeliner pencil. Not that I did that. [Nonchalant whistling.]

Maple Mousse

Pour 1 cup maple syrup into a saucepan and stir in the beaten yolks of 4 eggs. Heat until thick, being careful not to burn. Remove from fire and chill. Then mix gently with 1 pint of cream, whipped stiff. Turn into a mould and refrigerate until cold.

Maple Rum Cooler

In a tall glass, filled with ice cubes, pour in 2 oz. white rum, 1 tbsp. maple syrup and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Fill to the top with iced tea and serve.

The recipes featured in this post are from Pierre & Janet Burton's Canadian Food Guide (revised edition), published in 1974 by Pierre Berton Enterprises Ltd.


Here are pictures of me in Lumberjack drag when I was hopped up on maple syrup, rum, and patriotism!

I look like a smarmy hipster.

I'm still not entirely sure what being a gender-bending lumberjack has
to do with patriotism, but it's the thought that counts.


  1. You have a beautiful neck. It so soft and feminine. I want to bite it.

  2. Awww... my first creepy anonymous commenter on this blog! Everyone say hi!

    Anyhow, despite the recent popularity of certain teen Vampire novels, I'm not really into that whole undead boyfriend scene, so I'm gonna decline your unsolicited offer of the neck biting.

    But Anonymous, don't despair! I will always remember you as this blog's very first certified creeper. And I will also remember you as the person who found me so attractive and feminine when I HAD A BEARD DRAWN ON MY FACE. :-\

  3. I'm a lumberjack and I'm OKAY!

    whoa lady, can creep you too? I never noticed your soft and feminine neck until anonymous pointed it out... now it is all I can think about :)

  4. @Gabrielle: Alright... YOU have permission to obsess about my neck, but only because of the Monty Python reference! ;)

    Now let's get back to the real question: Why would Edward Cullen want meeeeeeeee when I'm so PLAIN and BORING and CLUMSY, and he's so perfect and ~*sparkly*~???