Sunflower Seed Soup...Our travels - Wendake, Canada
This past summer we visited Quebec Province, Canada. We made stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Wendake, and the Eastern Townships. Wendake is a First Nation community of Huron- Wendat in Quebec. We visited the Traditional Huron Site, Onhoüa Chetek8e, and took the Mid-Day package which included: a guided tour, a dance show, and a traditional meal.
Our guide explained and answered every question from:
- Where the name 'Huron' came from...
- To the French their bristled hair do's resembled boars which is 'hure' in French, though there were other possibilities as well, in French 'huron' means rustic.
- The different types of medicine practiced...
- Physical (Body), Psychological (Mind) and Spiritual (Soul).
- Food Preservation/ Preparation Techniques...
- Drying, Salting, and Smoking
Overall it was a wonderful experience, very interesting and informative. The Dance show was nicely done and every aspect was explained well. After the tour and show, we went to have lunch at the restaurant, Nek8arre. This was definitely a treat, traditional Wendat foods prepared with a French twist! We were greeted warmly and told the menu of the day:
Appetizer - Sunflower Seed Soup with Bannock
Main Course - Bison Sausages or DeerStew
Served with Wild Rice Mix and Seasonal Vegetables
Dessert - Maple Cake with Cranberry Tea
The lunch was wonderful!
The soup was filling, the meat was tender, vegetables cooked to perfection, and to be honest the tastiest and largest grains of wild rice I've seen in my life! We made sure to tell our hosts how much we enjoyed the experience and on our way out we picked up the restaurant cookbook which is only available in French, 'La Cuisine Huronne - D'hier à aujourd'hui' by Mario Gros-Louis. If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend making a stop and give yourself a few hours to listen, learn, talk, stroll, eat, and enjoy! Here's the link: Traditional Huron Site, Onhoüa Chetek8e
Sunflower seeds are high in protein and other nutrients
- 100 grams (approx. 1/2 cup) of Raw Sunflower Seeds have...
- 20g of Carbohydrates, 8.5g Dietary Fiber, and 21g of Protein
- They are also rich in cholesterol- lowering phytosterols.
Here is my version of Sunflower Seed Soup adapted from 'La Cuisine Huronne- D'hier à aujourd'hui':
1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower seeds
2 Green Onions
1 Carrot grated
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Celery Seeds
1 tsp Dried Rosemary
1 tsp Fresh Parsley
1/4 cup Mixed Wild rice, uncooked
1/2 tsp + Salt
1/2 tsp + Black Pepper- Fresh ground
2 Cups Vegetable Stock
1 TBLSP Vegetable oil
1. Saute the onions, sunflower seeds, and grated carrot in the oil.
2. Add the stock and remaining ingredients, except rice.
3. Cover and let simmer gently for about an hour.
4. Add the rice and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes.
Adjust the seasoning to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve with a nice piece of cornbread.