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This is the weekend that all Canadians look forward to: Victoria Day, celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria, our first sovereign queen. May 24th marks her official birthday, but the holiday falls on the last Monday before May 25. While still proud of our English heritage, this holiday takes on a special meaning marking the changing of the seasons. The fear of frost has almost passed so many will be planting their gardens–which is what I will be doing–and city dwellers will be fighting horrific traffic to enjoy Canada’s beautiful lakes, mountains and forests. Also known as the May Two-Four, the Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a “two-four”), a drink popular during the long weekend.
It is time for us to turn to summer foods with fresh fruit and less time in the kitchen. My rhubarb is growing like weeds with all the rain we are having in this area. A healthier rhubarb crumble is just the meal to slide into a slower summer pace.