Recipes from the North Thompson Valley, by Dee

Butter Tart Squares, Great Canadian Steak Spice, Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Here are some Canadian recipes to celebrate the Olympics; did you know Butter tarts are uniquely Canadian?

Butter Tart Squares

1 cup flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter


2 tbsp butter melted

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped pecans

pinch of salt

In bowl, combine flour with sugar; with pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. Press into 9” square cake pan; bake in 350F oven for 15 mins.

For the topping, mix together butter & eggs; blend in sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla & salt. Stir in pecans & raisins & pour over base.  Bake in 350F oven for 20-25 mins or until top springs back when lightly touched. Let cool on rack, & cut into squares.


Make your own steak spice

Great Canadian Steak Spice

1tbsp coriander seeds, lightly toasted

1 tbsp black peppercorns

1 tsp dill seed

4 tsp coarse sea salt

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp hot pepper flakes

1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic

In grinder coarsely grind together coriander seeds, peppercorns, & dillseeds; mix in salt, paprika, hot pepper flakes & garlic.  Very tasty to use on all beef , bison or any red meats on the BBQ.


Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces

1 tsp garlic powder

3 tbsp mayonnaise

1 lime juiced

1 tsp ginger

4 tsp milk

4 cups fresh spinach

8 fresh strawberries sliced

3 tbsp silvered almonds

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet, season with garlic powder & cook 10 mins on each side, until juices run clear. Set aside.  In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, lime juice, ginger & milk.  Arrange spinach on serving dishes. Top with chicken & strawberries, sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with dressing. Season with pepper to taste.

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