On Sunday, five colleagues and I were on a panel at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto debating which one of our classic Canadian Sweet Treats was the best. Because I love all the sweet treats around the holiday season, I chose to defend the delicious fruitcake, and I must say many of the audience favored the cake although Alison Fryer (manager of The Cookbook Store in Toronto) won best applause for her lemon squares…not very Christmasy, but then again they didn’t have to be of holiday best. Liz Driver (a Toronto food historian) defended Carrot Pudding which is a real Canadian Christmas treat. More than one person at the Museum mentioned using my Christmas Cookbook which unfortunately is out of print. Many had the original red hardcover version and one person mourned the fact that she couldn’t buy a new one since her little book was covered with spatters. Actually, a young friend of mine tried to buy one by email; he did find one eventually….at $180.00. I did nine fruitcakes in the book as well as many other holiday cakes like Vinaterta, Medivnyk and of course, Buche de Noel or the Yule Log. Last week, a reader got in touch with me through my website saying she always makes the Yule Log which I had included in a Homemakers Magazine article in November/December 1990, but was in great distress because she had lost the last page of the recipe. I dug out the magazine from my storage and will type it out on my recipe page for Karen and anyone else who wants to make it this season.
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