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The Recipe Game - Mystery Recipe 2

1. Next to wild game, this was the most popular meat of the early settlers.

Identify the ingredient : pork / chicken / hare / groundhog

Ingredient Clue : This meat was often preserved in heavy salt brine so it could be eaten during the long, cold winters when other meat was not available.

Pork is the meat we need. Put 500 g (1 pound) of ground pork into a pot. If game meat is available, you might use it instead.

2. The next ingredient is a root crop that will give flavour to the food.

Identify the ingredient: corn / paprika / onion / beets

Ingredient Clue : The common variety of this seasoning comes in a single large white bulb covered with a light brown or yellowish skin.

The ingredient that you need is an onion. Peel and dice a small onion and add it to the pot. Be careful that it doesn't make your eyes water!

3. This ingredient, which originates from southern Europe, comes in a bulb that separates into smaller parts.

Identify the ingredient : tulip / garlic / ginger / cumin

Ingredient Clue : Some people avoid this condiment because of its strong odour, while others think it is a medical wonder.

The ingredient is garlic. Garlic will add a distinctive odour and flavour to your dish. Mince a clove of garlic and add it to your meet in the pot.

4. This seasoning helps us digest our food, but using too much is thought to be a cause of hypertension and heart disease.

Identify the ingredient : dried chillies / pepper / parmesan / salt

Ingredient Clue : This is probably the most often-used seasoning to flavour our food.

Salt is the ingredient you need. Add 2 ml (½ teaspoon) of salt to the meat in the pot. If you used salt pork as an ingredient, you may not want to add any more salt to your recipe.

5. The next ingredient comes from an evergreen tree that is cultivated for its aromatic dried flower buds. It is used as a spice.

Identify the ingredient : ground cloves / dandelion / spruce needles / oregano

Ingredient Clue : The dried buds are dark brown in colour and are often used whole in some recipes.

The spice is a clove and your recipe may take more than one. Grind the buds into a fine powder before putting them into this recipe. Add 1 ml (¼ teaspoon) of ground cloves to your pot along with 2 ml (½ teaspoon) of dried savory and 1 ml (¼ teaspoon) of celery salt.

6. This ingredient is the most common liquid used in cooking.

Identify the ingredient : oil / sherry / water / milk

Ingredient Clue : Although this ingredient is easy to find, you have to make sure that it comes from a reliable, non-polluted source.

Water is the ingredient. The water will add moisture to your recipe and make it easier to mix up the ingredients you have so far. Add 125 ml (½ cup) of water to your meat. Mix everything together in a large pot, bring it to a boil and then cook it uncovered for about 20 minutes.

7. The last ingredient will absorb the fat from the meat and thicken your dish. It is added after the pot is removed from the heat.

Identify the ingredient : bread crumbs / tofu / bacon / pasta

Ingredient Clue : Before you use this common wheat product you dry and then crumble it.

You need bread. Dry and crumble the bread before adding it. You will need about 125 ml (½ cup) of bread crumbs. Let your mixture stand for 10 minutes and then fill a pie plate lined with a pie crust. Cover with a second layer of crust, seal the crust and bake in a 500-degree (260ºC) oven until golden brown. Serve your creation hot.

Guess the recipe : pita pocket / Pad Thai / fajitas / tourtière

Clue for Guessing Recipe Name : This dish started as a French-Canadian dish but is now used in all parts of Canada, especially at Christmas time.

The mystery recipe is : Tourtière

500 g
1 pound
ground pork
small onion, diced
garlic clove, minced
2 ml
½ tsp.
1 ml
¼ tsp.
ground clove
2 ml
½ tsp.
dried savory
1 ml
¼ tsp.
celery salt
125 ml
½ cup
125 ml
about ½ cup
dried bread crumbs
pie crusts