Wheat Cakes

Wheat Cakes

Let’s revisit the confetti bar post, in which I had said that /u/Ocarina_21 on Reddit said:

That sort of square thing with variously coloured marshmallows and I think peanut butter. It’s at all sorts of Saskatchewan events, but I don’t think I’ve ever been told what it’s called. And then if you’re a masochist, there’s that vile “puffed wheat cake” 

As you know, the confetti bars were absolutely amazing. I was curious about this puffed wheat cake—I researched a bit and found that people seemed to have very mixed feelings with regards to it. Some love it and some hate it, but some people who like it still can’t really forgive their mom for trying to pass off grains as dessert.

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Confetti Bars

Confetti Bars

 

In my book, the local treats everyone always prepares count for even more than dishes that originate in the region but that no one really makes.

The suggestion was made for me to use Reddit to crowdsource ideas. I hadn’t used it much before, but I’m glad I started. There’s a certain thrill in knowing you’re actually communicating with the real people who are experts in your topic of interest—in this case, Saskatchewan food.

Under /r/saskatchewan, I submitted “Saskatchewan Recipes,” under which I asked: What are some recipes or foods from Saskatchewan?

/u/Ocarina_21, replied:

That sort of square thing with variously coloured marshmallows and I think peanut butter. It’s at all sorts of Saskatchewan events, but I don’t think I’ve ever been told what it’s called. And then if you’re a masochist, there’s that vile “puffed wheat cake” 

I went on a quest to hunt down the name of this recipe. I Googled “recipe marshmallows peanut butter saskatchewan” and this was the first result with Saskatchewan in it: 

Marie, the author, says this about the recipe: 

Anyway, confetti bars. Haven’t had em in a long time, and have noticed that they definitely aren’t the ubiquitous party/ holiday treat here, that they are back home. You can’t go to a Canadian potluck, Christmas dinner, or wedding social without coming across these things! I’m not taking any credit for the recipe itself, as it’s one that you just learn as a kid, and absolutely everyone knows.

And then, in the comments, were more testaments to the Canadian-ness of the treat, including this one from Heather:

Definitely a Canadian thing. Grew up in Saskatchewan, where they were always to be found wherever people brought baking, but it’s been harder than I thought to find a recipe, and the only recipes I’ve found have been on Canadian sites (is it a prairies thing?)

I was sold. I went out to the store in search of colored marshmallows and butterscotch chips.

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Lazy Pierogies

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If you’re learning about Saskatchewan, before long, you’ll find that pierogies are a thing. My first attempt at investigating the regional culture took me to Youtube. I found a video from a guy who was explaining the hand signals drivers use in Saskatchewan, and how to just the right kind of wave—”you don’t want to overdo it,” he said, “or we’ll know you’re an outsider.” It was pretty cool that even drivers seem to have a vague sense of camaraderie.

Below that, I found a link to a video called “Things Saskatchewan people NEVER say.” Of course, I clicked, hoping to find Sask truths. Recurring themes involved how cold it can get and how much snow falls, how important hockey is, pils (pilsner), pierogies, and cabbage rolls.

Knowing this, I began my look into the world of Saskatchewan pierogie making.

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