Slow cooker Duck with a side of Wild Rice and Turnips
A rich and tasty meal inspired by the Cree people.
Just like the Iroquois, the Cree are part of the First Nations peoples. They can be found in Canada and, to a smaller extent, the United States.
What sets the Iroquois and the Cree apart is the main way in which they traditionally procured their food. While the Iroquois have a strong incline for agriculture, which provided them with plenty of resources, the Cree started off as hunters.
This means that a lot of traditional Cree foods will revolve around game meat, such as bison, moose and duck. To enhance the meals wild rice, turnips and berries could be added.
For this recipe we used rice, turnips and Cranberries, which are native to North America and widely available in Quebec.
Sage has also been long known by the Cree and is part of their sacred medicines.
The same applies to coniferous trees and our dish will also have added pine nuts.
To answer your question: Yes, pine nuts actually come from pine cones.
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