Theme and Variations on the Salade Niçoise

 

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As we all know, it’s important to get a proper amount of greens in your diet, and fresh salads are one of the best ways to get your daily fix. So dust off that ol’ Baribocraft salad bowl, whisk up a little oil and vinegar and let’s get started on one of our favourite summer salads, one that is a meal in itself, the Salade Niçoise. Continue »



Fish and Cheese Are an Awesome Couple.

 

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When it comes to cooking, there are a few old-fashioned rules that most home cooks consider sacrosanct, and even though they don’t necessarily make sense, many observe them religiously. One old-school rule, now pretty much flouted by everyone, is the practice of serving red wine only with meat and white wine with fish. Another so-called fish-rule many of us grew up with was, “fish and cheese don’t go together.” Continue »



Chow down on Chowder

 

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Soups and stews are two of our favourite ways to make a one pot meal; the protein, vegetables, fats and carbohydrates all cook together in one pot, melding complimenting flavours and textures and pretty much resulting in a complete, delicious and healthy meal. And at the heart of a good soup or stew is the stock, be it meat, fish or vegetable; a good stock is full of nutients and provides the base for your one-pot meal. When it comes to making a stock for a chowder or fish soup, we like to keep it simple; whenever we have a feed of lobster we freeze the shells, heads and tails and antennae, and when we have shrimp we peel the shell and freeze them along with the heads. When we have enough, in it all goes into the stock pot along with the usual mirepoix, resulting in a flavourful stock perfect for the next batch of fish soup or chowder.

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Discovery Day in Newfoundland

 

Map by Paul Parsons

Map by Paul Parsons

 

With Brexit on everyone’s mind these days, it’s a good time to give pause and reflect on how fortunate we are in Canada. Our National Day, Canada Day, is this Friday, and, knock on wood, our country appears to be safe, and sound, hale, healthy and united. “A Mari Usque Ad Mare” is our national motto, appearing on our coat of arms and on all our passports; from Sea to Sea. With that in mind, today we turn our attention to the last piece of the puzzle that is Canada, the easternmost province of our country, Newfoundland and Labrador. Continue »



We Like To Grill

Don’t let a good grilling day go to waste as we near the end of summer. Get as much lovely grilled flavour as you can before the leaves turn and everybody gets into braising and baking. Here are three of my favourite things to grill right now.

 

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