Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cooking with Maple

Maple syrup is coming and so is spring!  Maple syrup is one of my favourite sweeteners. It is a local product that has been a source of pleasure and food energy for people living in the north for a very long time. I do imagine the early homesteaders relied on it and were shown how to make it by the native people. One tablespoon, or 15 ml, has 30 calories and 7 grams of carbohydrate/sugar with small amounts of nutrients such as 11 mg of calcium and 25 mg potassium. Like all sweet treats it should be enjoyed in moderation.

I use it in many dishes both sweet and savoury. My favourites seem to be in vinaigrettes, dressings and marinades but it also makes an awesome smoothie and a great glaze for vegetables and roast lamb and chicken.

Mark Saturday April 26, 2104 in your calendar as we hope to see you stocking up on maple syrup at the 17th Annual Powassan Maple Syrup Festival.  The day starts with 3 Pancake Breakfasts at 7am and the festival activities end around 4 pm. There will be many food and craft vendors in Powassan and the township reports their usual small population of 2,000 swells to well over 5,000 people on this one day. You can also listen to live music and enjoy fun events.  

I am leading three free cooking demos in the Sportsplex (arena, Main St.) during the festival.  Learn to make all things maple!  Come out and sample some great recipes listed below.  I'll also talk about using maple syrup in baking and how diabetics may use some maple syrup in their meals.

At the breakfast demo at 10 a.m. I'll be demonstrating:
  • Maple Cranberry Chia Smoothie
  • Hot Maple Thyme Tea (slow cooker)
  • Maple Fruit Nut Rolled Oats (Rice Cooker)
  • Layered Maple Yogurt, Fruit Granola Parfaits
  • Two Bite Maple Buckwheat Pancakes

Lunch (noon) Demo:
  • ·        Maple Pop
  • ·        Maple Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette on Greens
  • ·        Goat Cheese Appetizer with Maple Chipotle Glaze
  • ·        Maple Syrup Teriyaki Tofu
  • ·        Maple Baked Beans (Slow Cooker)
  • ·        Fruity and Nutty Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

2 p.m. Demo:

  • Maple Mint & Blueberry Tea
  • Maple Cranberry Poppyseed Dressings over Greens
  • Maple Syrup Teriyaki Tofu
  • Slow Cooker Rhubarb with Ginger and Maple Syrup
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Anise Maple Tapioca Pudding.

All maple syrup sold in Ontario has to be graded and you can find out more and see other recipes at I liked the history of maple syrup shown at

Hope to see you there! 


Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,

You may want to update your website for the Powassan maple syrup festival:

It is April 28, 2012 and it is the 15th annual.

Lori Costello
PMSF committee

habannah said...

What a coincidence that the Powassan Maple Syrup Festival is on April 28th - so is French River's Rubber Boots Festival (, a maple syrup & music spring celebration of four cultures (First Nations, Francophone, Métis, Anglophone). Both festivals sound like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

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