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Danse la poutine
Categories: Food, FUN!

Ok… I know… I have been a total slacker on this blog for the last 3 weeks. But wait, wait, I have an excuse! I was in Montréal, I was teaching, I was learning, I was… What’s that? No excuses… Ok. I’m sorry. But at least let me make it up to you with this very funny, and totally fattening, cholesterol-laden video by Montréal-based Omnikrom and Parisians TTC that is a bit of a tribute to Montréal and all her various distractions and glory. And also let this be a sincere gesture of contrition for those of you who may not (yet) appreciate such glorious pastimes, one of which (eating poutine) is the subject of this video and has nothing at all to do with yoga except that it might make you laugh and laughter is some of the best yoga out there.

FYI: If you’ve never been to Montréal, never eaten poutine (or don’t even know what it is), and don’t speak a bit of French, you may not find this video that funny. Curious maybe, but not as funny as I did (laughing with glee until I cried). But just because I want everyone to enjoy this one as much as possible, here’s a primer. If tu viens de la Belle Province, if you’re a francophone or a poutine aficionado please just go ahead and watch the video.

Lyrics from Omnikrom and TTC “Danse La Poutine”

Excerpt:

  1. trempe les frites dans l’huile
  2. fais-les cuire c’Est facile
  3. ajoute la sauce et le fromage squich squich
  4. dans ton estomac des sensations magnifiques

Translation:

  1. Soak fries in oil
  2. Cook them, it’s easy
  3. Add the sauce and the cheesh squish squish
  4. In your stomach the magnificent feelings

Editors Note: FTY does not endorse massive consumption of poutine, in fact, we highly recommend against it as this dish typically contains enough sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat to induce a mild heart attack in even the healthiest of yogis. However, hypothetically… if one should find themselves upon rare occasion at La Banquise (994 Rachel E, Montreal), one would be well-advised to possibly, just maybe, overlook the potential health detriments of said dish, and perhaps just enjoy one, with a beer. Hypothetically speaking. Of course.

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A Brief Primer on Poutine

Poutine (‘poo-tin’) is typically a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy and sometimes additional ingredients.

The dish originated in rural Quebec, Canada, in the late 1950s. One often-cited tale is that of Fernand Lachance, from Warwick, Quebec, which claims that poutine was invented in 1957, when a customer ordered fries while waiting for his cheese curds from the Kingsey cheese factory in Kingsey Falls (now in Warwick and owned by Saputo Incorporated). Lachance is said to have exclaimed ça va faire une maudite poutine (“it will make a damn mess”), hence the name. The sauce was allegedly added later, to keep the fries warm longer.

Classic Poutine is made with French fries of medium thickness, and fried so that the insides are still soft, with an outer crust. The gravy is a light chicken, veal or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper. Heavy beef or pork-based brown gravies are typically not used. Fresh cheese curd (not more than a day old) is used. To prepare, first place the hot fries into a bowl or large plate, then spread the cheese curd on top. The cheese curd should be at room temperature. Then pour piping hot gravy over the cheese curds and fries.

Watch the video

Thanks to Wikipedia, for the full wiki on Poutine go here.

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