We are not Canadian, but at least once a year we like to pretend we are.
We spent the first two years of our married life living in Alberta and also own a Canadian dog… Clearly this is reason enough to jump on the bandwagon and celebrate a nation other than our own’s national day.
Every year we like to baffle a new selection of neighbours with a patriotic flag display and liberal distribution of maple flavoured treats. In Cyprus we still had some of our old BATUS colleagues to help authenticate our celebrations, but this year we are lone lunatics in the middle of the Scottish Highlands.
I’d like to think that should we ever decide to move countries, points will be awarded on our immigration application for the diligence we have shown celebrating the nation’s birthday, as well as the (frankly ludicrous) number of Canadian flags we own and the gallons of maple syrup we consume each year.
Talking of which, maple syrup is also quite obviously an obligatory ingredient in anything you choose to bake to mark Canada Day. This year I picked banana and maple syrup muffins, topped with a rush order of toothpick Canadian Flags. You don’t have to be as tenuously Canadian as we are to enjoy them, so if you have the time and the ingredients I urge you to give the recipe a try, as my Canadian friends would say, it’s awesome.