North America: History of Johnny Cake & Recipe

Johnnycake (also jonnycake, johnny cake, journey cake, shawnee cake and johnny bread) is a cornmeal flatbread that was an early American staple food and is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica. The food probably originates from the native inhabitants of North America. It is still eaten in the West Indies, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Colombia, and Bermuda as well as in the United States.

(Click Wikipedia to see international ingredient differences)

Johnnycakes are a type of unleavened cornbread made of cornmeal, salt, and water. The dough was set on a wooden board or barrel stave and placed at an angle in front of an open fire to bake.Hoecake was traditionally cooked on a hoe: “Hoe-Cake: A cake of Indian meal, baked before the fire. In the interior parts of the country, where kitchen utensils do not abound, they are baked on a hoe; hence the name.”
In the American south during the 18th century versions were made with rice or hominy flour and perhaps cassava.[19] A 1905 cookbook includes a recipe for “Alabama Johnny Cake” made with rice and ‘meal’.

Watch the Simple Johnny Cake Recipe.  In a rush?  Click for written directions

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Chesapeake, VA: American Indian Festival

Celebration features American Indian storytelling, traditional dancing, and demonstrations. Native jewelry, crafts, festival and Native American food vendors.  Find out More

MCCN attended the event.  See the Grand Entry Video:

About the Cities of Super Bowl 2010: Indianapolis

The Colts are in the Super Bowl so the city deserves the spotlight.   Of course, Peyton Manning helped to lead the team to the Big Game in Miami.  Ironically, Manning will play the team(The Saints) which represents the city of his birth, New Orleans.

Natives in Indiana

Native Americans who lived in the area included the Miami and Lenape (or Delaware) tribes, who were removed from the area by the early 1820s.

Naming the City of Indianapolis

Indianapolis was selected as the site of the new state capital in 1820. While most American state capitals tend to be located in the central region of their respective states, Indianapolis is the only capital to be in the exact center of its state.  Jeremiah Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court, invented the name Indianapolis by joining Indiana with polis, the Greek word for city; literally, Indianapolis means “Indiana City“.  The city was founded on the White River under the incorrect assumption that the river would serve as a major transportation artery; however, the waterway was too sandy for trade.

Learn about Fry Bread commonly made by Native Americans.

Vanessa Hudgens Loves Filipino Food

The phrase, “What are you?” tends to be among the most annoying questions for some people. Let’s spare High School Musical Star Vanessa Hudgens the question.  MCCN will provide the answer.   Hudgens was born to a father of Irish and Native American ancestry and a Filipino mother of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent. Her mother grew up in Manilla.

The beautiful multi-cultural Vanessa does not speak Tagalog but says that her mother tried to teach her when she was younger. She loves Filipino food and is proud to be a Filipina.

In an interview with Inquirer.net, Hudgen shares about her favorite Filipino foods, “I love Filipino food.  I love halo-halo, pancit and adobo. I am such a Filipino—I eat rice every day.”

See the Halo Halo recipe at : http://www.seasite.niu.edu/Tagalog/Tagalog_Default_files/Philippine_Culture/halo_halo.htm

The Multi-Cultural Johnny Depp: People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2009

MCCN thought we would recognize Johnny’s Depp’s honor as sexiest man alive by People Magazine in our own way.  Known as dark and handsome, wherever do those dark good looks come from you may have wondered.   Also what does the celebrity with the appetizing good looks find appetizing?  We did some investigating and according to Fanpop.com, Depp says, “his favorites include: Pork, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mexican Food and “cheap” chocolate. He is a connoisseur of fine wines and a self-described lover of “fast-food”.

 

Ethnicity:

German, Irish, French, African and Cherokee

The star of Pirates of the Caribbean is of German, Irish and Cherokee Indian ancestry. His Great grandmother is said to be a full-blooded Cherokee.

From an interview in 2002 he stated that he was a mixture of these three ethnic groups and possibly more. There are some rumors on the internet that Depp also has Lebanese heritage, though this is not confirmed.

Some of Depp’s biographies state that his family name Depp is of French origin, derived from the names Pierre Deppe or Dieppe.

The link below shows a family tree on Depp’s father’s side that leads right up to his grandfather Oren Laramore Depp.  If you go back 9 generations on this family tree it will lead to a woman named Martha, born in 1612, who was an African-American woman.

To check Johnny Depp Family tree and info about the ethnicities of other celebs at : http://ethnicelebs.com/johnny-depp

History and Celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l’Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is also celebrated in a secular manner.

On January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:

A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed … to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October. ”

About the Celebration:

As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the English and continental European Harvest festival, with churches decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty, English and European harvest hymns sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and scriptural selections drawn from biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.[citation needed](Photo from faeries.finest.com)

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of the three-day weekend, though Sunday and Monday are the most common. While Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a large family meal, it is also often a time for weekend getaways.

Canada’s top professional football league, the Canadian Football League, holds a nationally televised doubleheader known as the “Thanksgiving Day Classic.” It is one of two weeks in which the league plays on Monday afternoons, the other being the Labour Day Classic. Unlike the Labour Day games, the teams that play on the Thanksgiving Day Classic rotate each year.

History

Various First Nations in Canada had long-standing traditions celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Canada’s First Nations and Native Americans throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Cree and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.[6]

 

Canadian troops attend a Thanksgiving service in a bombed-out cathedral in Cambrai, France in October 1918

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. Frobisher’s Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, in 1604 onwards also held huge feasts of thanks.

For info visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)

November: Native American Heritage Month

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The purpose of National American Indian Heritage Month is to honor and recognize the original peoples of this land. The 1996 proclamation details their contributions to the past and to the future:

Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against the odds, America’s first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence. Tribal America has brought to this great country certain values and ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit: the knowledge that humans can thrive and prosper without destroying the natural environment; the understanding that people from very different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and traditions can come together to build a great country; and the awareness that diversity can be a source of strength rather than division.

Learn about the Native American Culture & Fry Bread: http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/food-history/item/238-fry-bread.html

Learn about Native Canadian Foods:

http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/regions/north-america/item/407-native-canadian-foods.html

Recipe from Alaska – Bouillabaisse-Alaska

Bouillabaisse -Alaska
Ingredients
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 leeks cut in small wedges
4 tomatoes (squeeze out seeds then dice)
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fennel
1 teaspoon saffron
2 crushed bay leaves
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
3 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup olive oil
4 pounds fresh fish cut in bite-size pieces (whatever you have, red snapper, halibut, scallops, salmon, sea perch, etc.) Include, in shell, well scrubbed clams, mussels, whole shrimp, lobster, etc.
4 cups hot water
This wonderful Alaskan dish can be served any time of the year and is especially delightful when made with you very own catch.
Heat olive oil in large pot. Add vegetables and spices to hot oil. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are transparent. Add fish and cover with 4 cups hot water. Heat on high and force boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
To serve, arrange 3/4 slices of French bread (which have been dried in oven and brushed in butter) in bowls before serving.
Serves: 8
* You found this recipe on 1st Traveler’s Choice Internet Cookbook. (www.virtualcities.com)
This Alaska Bouillabaisse is from Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska

This Alaska Bouillabaisse is from Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska

Ingredients

1/4 cup chopped onion

4 leeks cut in small wedges

4 tomatoes (squeeze out seeds then dice)

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fennel

1 teaspoon saffron

2 crushed bay leaves

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

1/8 teaspoon celery seed

3 teaspoons white pepper

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup olive oil

4 pounds fresh fish cut in bite-size pieces (whatever you have, red snapper, halibut, scallops, salmon, sea perch, etc.) Include, in shell, well scrubbed clams, mussels, whole shrimp, lobster, etc.

4 cups hot water

This wonderful Alaskan dish can be served any time of the year and is especially delightful when made with you very own catch.

Heat olive oil in large pot. Add vegetables and spices to hot oil. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are transparent. Add fish and cover with 4 cups hot water. Heat on high and force boil for 15 to 20 minutes.

To serve, arrange 3/4 slices of French bread (which have been dried in oven and brushed in butter) in bowls before serving.

Serves: 8

* Recipe is from 1st Traveler’s Choice Internet Cookbook. (www.virtualcities.com) and the picture is from Trailside Gourmet

Three Sisters Soup Recipe

The Three Sisters Soup recipe is a traditional Native American recipe from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nation. The term “Three Sisters” refers to the three main crops of some North American tribes: maize (corn), squash, and beans. The three plants were planted close together and like close sisters, aided one another in their respective growing processes. This type of ecological cooperation is one that many tribes believe humans should replicate.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups canned white or yellow hominy,drained

2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and

snapped

2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash

1 1/2 cups diced peeled potatoes

5 cups water1 1/2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the hominy, green beans, squash, and potatoes into a pot, and pour in water and chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Blend flour into the butter, then stir into the soup. Increase heat to medium, and cook for 5 more minutes, or until soup thickens. Season with pepper, and serve.This and more American Indian recipes can be found at:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Three-Sisters-Soup/Detail.aspx

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The 10th Annual Indian Festival and Pow-Wow

The 10th Annual Indian Festival and Pow-Wow will be held November 5th-8th in Atlanta, Georgia at the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard inside Stone Mountain Park. Visitors to the four day festival will be able to partake in traditional Native American culture, through music, food, dance, storytelling, and authentic crafts.  For more information please visit:

http://festivals.stonemountainpark.com/

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