Stereotypically on July 1st, Canadians who've left the Great White North for school, jobs, or love scramble to secure an adequate supply of Molson's, maple syrup and beloved Tim Horton's coffee - the essentials for ex-pats celebrating Canada Day. Here in Australia, you can add canned pumpkin to that list.
For me, nostalgia resides less in hometown brands (I don't drink beer or coffee anyway) and more in the kind of hometown cooking that evokes scent memories of lazy summer days up at the lake. All smugness and flag-waving patriotism aside, the long, idyllic days of early summer are the stuff sentimental daydreams are made of and at this time of year I reckon most of us who are far away start to feel the pull.
Since for me life's celebrations tend to revolve around food (who's with me?) I've assembled a collection of links to my favourite recipes that recall Ontario summers down below. Enjoy, and, to my Australian readers... don't forget to hug a Canadian today!