Maple madness

O and I had a Canadian frenzy on the weekend. A few weeks ago Tim and Kathryn gave us a can of real maple syrup, as opposed to the maple “flavoured” syrup that you usually find in Oz. Tim’s family had sent it over from Canada. Thanks T & K!

I’ve been holding on to it, and defending it from O’s pleas for pancakes every Sunday morning. While you can’t beat pancakes as one of the best ways to mop up maple syrup, I wanted to make something else with it too. So I bought a rack of pork while we were in Horsham (Horsham has excellent meat, and a roast rack of anything always looks so good) and roasted it in maple syrup with sweet potato and parsnip.

I also made a sage stuffing for one of those mini sweet dumpling pumpkins and roasted that too. Oh yeah, and I made some apple sauce from a couple of Granny Smiths, apple cider, a smidge of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Apples are soooooo hot right now.

Somehow I managed to keep a bit of the syrup aside to make some maple syrup dumplings.

There’s SUCH a difference between the real thing and fake maple syrup. Real maple syrup has a depth to it that the fake stuff just doesn’t come anywhere near. There’s something almost smoky about it, and there’s a few levels of sweetness instead of just the flat sugary taste you get from the imitation syrup.

Mmmm… Sticky goodness…

10 comments on Maple madness

  1. Pauly
    July 3, 2006 at 9:16 pm (13 years ago)

    I’ve just eaten dinner and my mouth is still watering at the sound of real maple syrup over a rack of sweet sweet porky goodness. Not just sticky goodness Lisa, that sounds like sticky smokey sweet damn fine porky goodness to me! xx

  2. Tim
    July 4, 2006 at 1:04 pm (13 years ago)

    Lisa .. that maple pork recipe sounded like a cracker! .. when we head back to Canada in December, i’m gonna bring you back a vat of the real stuff so you can go nuts .. and ofcourse we want to be there.. ho ho.. nice work.. try adding maple syrup as a salad dressing ingredient in place of sugar .. it took a queenslander to come up with that one (my wife) and my Mother was most impressed! .. it gives that smoky flavour which is simply irresistable! Ciao Bella

  3. Arbitrary Doll
    July 19, 2006 at 11:27 am (13 years ago)

    Yummy yum yum – I hadn’t thought of using maple syrup for roasting veggies….good idea! There’s a brand called “Camp” that you can get in Oz – it’s 100% maple syrup and I get it in Safeway near the icecream :)


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