The Geo-Centre and Bowring Park

Since Evie loves rocks we decided to take her to the Geo-Centre on Signal Hill.  Just out side are two nice statues of a Newfoundland Dog and a Labrador.  

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There are a few different areas inside, but today we stayed with the rocks and saw the Titanic exhibit.  There are alot of artifacts in this exhibit and it was quite interesting to see these.

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passenger summary

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Third class menu, there is gruel on the menu, must have been popular

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The distress call

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there were alot of other artifacts too, soap, dishes and cutlery, a piece of the floor block from the engine room.  I took many pictures, too many to post.

Evie really enjoyed the rock exhibits, I will spare you a plethora of rock pictures.  We also took a walk through Bowring Park to see the swans and the beautiful statue of Peter Pan.

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This is the end of our vacation. We will be back to posting recipes and getting ready for back to school.

Quidi Vidi Brewing

On our last day in St. John’s we visited Quidi Vidi Brewing.  

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They give both brewery tours and tasting.  Our schedule only gave time for the tasting, which took about an hour.  Ray wanted to try the British IPA, he had already had an Iceberg the night before and it was really nice.  

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You cannot get this beer off the island as they are at full capacity to supply the local market and do not export.

The tasting includes a talk about both history and the brewery and a generous tasting of 6 beers.  It was interesting and well worth the $15.

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The iceberg beer is very pure, they get the iceberg water from iceberg alley on the Northern Penninsula of the island.  Apparently, the U.S. weather network has a reality show about the iceberg hunters who help get the water.  If the berg is to big they actually shoot it with a rifle to break off small bits that can be harvested for the water.

After the brewery I wanted a snack.  Well actually I was a little desperate for another treat that I cannot find off the island, Snack & Half ice cream.  These are so good.

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The Happy Hummus Hut

We were out and about in St. John’s and came across The Happy Hummus Hut on Duckworth Street.  

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We thought it looked interesting, and it wasn’t here before and Evie loves hummus. The menu looked good, they even have a chocolate hummus with apples for dipping.  After walking we needed a snack so we ordered the hummus dipper, and Evie wanted the infused water because it was cucumber and she loves cucumber.  The staff were really nice, super nice!  When she brought our food she told Evie that she added cucumber also because she knew she really liked them.  

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This only cost $6, and it was alot of hummus, gluten free crackers, baby carrots and she added the cucumber.  The hummus was really good, good texture and tasty.  It was a hit.  I hope this place is still there on our next visit, we will definitely be going there for lunch and snacks.

Our walk out and about we found some more foodie treats, some old favourites. These are Purity candy, Peppermint Nobs

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my poison, Tunnock’s tea cakes and snowballs in one case, I pack these in containers to put in my luggage.  If I can find them at home they are easily double the price I pay in Newfoundland

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and some new

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Haggis crisps, that is unique. We found quite a few things to buy at Fat Nanny’s Groceries, YUMMY!

 

Lunch on Breadmaking Day – Toutons

On breadmaking day in Newfoundland lunch is served with toutons, if you are lucky.  The morning that we were preparing to go to St. Johns, Mom was making bread.  I snagged some of the dough to fry up for toutons (pronounced taotins).  It is white bread dough, after it has risen, pulled into a small disk shaped and fried in melted butter.  Traditionally served with a drizzle of molasses.  

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We also had salt fish cakes with mustard pickles.

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After lunch we headed to the city.  St. John’s downtown area is well known for its very colourful row houses.  

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We needed a latte and went to Fixed Coffee and Baking on Duckworth St.,

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it was a really good latte, complete with pretty design in the foam, and they have awesome chocolate chip cookies!  

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We have also had their bagels for breakfast.   I love a good bagel and their’s was sooo good, a crisp crusty outside and dense and chewy on the inside.  I wish I had one tomorrow for breakfast!

 

If you are in St. John’s I would recommend a visit to Fixed Coffee and Baking.

A few pictures in Newfoundland

We are heading into the city for a few days before heading back home.  I am not sure I will have computer access so I am just going to post a few random pictures here that we took over the past week.

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Lobster traps……mmmm Lobster!

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A lock box found in a cave in this small town.  Located at the Wooden Boat Building Museum.

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Old fashion Newfoundland kitchen.  See the gray thing on the stove door, that is a beach rock inside a knitted bag.  Back in the old days people heated beach rocks in the wood fired stove in the evening and then put them in their beds at night to warm it up and keep them warm, there was no heating and the stove heated as much of the house as it could.

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Wash day.

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Tea time.

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Jellyfish, look at that clear water.

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Evie with Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart memorial in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada

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The Kyle, also in Harbour Grace, picture taken from the Amelia Earhart memorial

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They drink/use a lot of carnation in Newfoundland.  This is actually an old barrel that is being used as a garbage can, painted to look a little nicer!

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We are heading to St. John’s for a few days. 

Wild Blueberry Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce

We went to pick some blueberries, they just grow on a little hill right next to the house.  We probably picked about 4 cups, the blueberries here are wild and plentiful, extra sweet and tasty too.  We wanted to make something out of them, but not muffins.  We chose this recipe because I haven’t had it in a long time and Evie really likes it.  This is a traditional Newfoundland recipe.

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we used about 1 and 1/2cups blueberries

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mix together 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar

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add 1 egg and mix then add about 1 to 1 and 1/2  cups of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and mix until combined

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add milk (about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup) while mixing so it is thick and creamy like cake batter.

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then add the blueberries and  fold in

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then place in an 8 inch square baking pan and bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes until dark golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean

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While the cake is baking you can make the brown sugar sauce.

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place 2 tbsp butter melted and 2 tbsp flour in a small pot and whisk while heating

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Whisk in 1 cup brown sugar (it will be dry and thick)

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then add 1 cup of boiling water and 1 tsp vanilla whisking and heating bring to boil and whisk until it thickens to a syrupy brown sauce

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Serve the warm sauce drizzled over a piece of the cake

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Hiking D’Iberville Trail

This morning we got up early to get a small hike in before the rain came.  This area is in a small town in Newfoundland and the trail runs along the side of a large hill that spans between two communities. At the start of the trail is an old sod cellar, these were (some still are) used to keep vegetable over the winter. The trail follows some mysterious rock formations, which appears to be old rock walls and houses.  When these were found archaeologists visited but were unsure because they haven’t seen these type of formations and not sure why they are in this location and the “wall” is in a strange place and why would it be there.  They did find a distinct house formation.  There is also a lot of small pottery pieces in the ground around there which they dated from the 1700s.  We found some small pottery pieces just walking the main trail.  I think if this was excavated they would find a lot as they has been 300 years of erosion and overgrowth to hide what is actually there.  I think this was a small fishing village that was colonized as to what happened after that who knows.  There are also a lot of caves around there that have grown over, we saw a few.  It was always rumored, when my Dad was a kid, that Beothuk Indians used to live around in those hills on that point of land.  There was also talk of pirates and one particular one who this trail is named after.  If we were brave enough to go in one of those caves maybe we might have found pirate treasure…not brave enough.  There are also a lot of pretty brightly coloured mushrooms growing in the dark moist environment.  Dad said in the fall some of these are really nice pink and blue colours. We picked a few handfuls of blueberries along the way. We saw a big Loon just floating on the water, every few minutes it would stick its head underwater and then come back up.

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