In My Kitchen August 2017

We only have a few things in our home kitchen this month. We left to fly to Newfoundland on August 5th, but there is a little peak into our Newfoundland kitchen as well. We have been updating our Instagram page regularly while on vacation, if you want to see more you can check that out.

Bruschetta

Flatbreads, you may have seen this on our Instagram page

A Big Mary


I went cod jigging with my Dad


We caught a few and are having fish and chips for dinner tonight


Even got close to some feeding humpbacks

Always need some chocolate in the kitchen

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Beet Potato Salad

This is definitely a Newfoundland recipe, or at least that is the only place I have ever had this type of potato salad. If it is made in other places please let me know, I would love to hear about it.  After our thanksgiving we had leftover turkey and potato so we decided to make a cold plate, which is cold leftover meat with a variety of salads. This is a great way to use up leftovers to avoid food waste.

To make this salad I don’t have a recipe, just eyeball and taste based on knowing what it should taste like.

Basically take a small (or large) bowl of leftover potatoes and mash them.  

Take a jar or pickled beets (mine have a slightly sweet pickled flavour) and place beets in food processor, or chop and mash if you don’t have one. You will have this beet pulp.

Add the processed beets to the little potatoes, add a table spoon or two of the beet pickling liquid if too dry. Add a large spoonful of mayonnaise and stir

Taste and add more beet, beet liquid, mayo and salt & pepper to taste 

You will have a lovely pink coloured potato salad.

In My Kitchen January 2016

The holidays are over and a new year is beginning.  I like this transition and like to spend it quietly.  There is also a transition in the IMK, now gathering at Maureen’s.  I just saw her bread pudding made from banana bread and it looks amazing!

Here is a little peek into my kitchen since our last IMK post.

Leftovers of candied pecans, though we keep adding then atop salads so they will be all gone soon.

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Three wines from Newfoundland

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Some new small Kilner jars for small amounts of things needing keeping

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chocolate pretzel bites, cookie dough truffles and spritz cookies

Shortbreads

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Royal Canadian Rum Salami.  We just discovered this after my brother brought some over, it is very good.

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This blend of whiskey and maple syrup is also very good, served just over ice.  We tried it first last year on a trip to Mont Tremblant and liked it, then found it at the LCBO just a few days ago.

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I have a few things under the tree that haven’t made it to the kitchen yet.  I will save those for February.  Now I have to get that tree taken down and all of those decorations packed up. Ugh!

 

Berries

we picked wild blueberries and wild raspberries.
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Evie tried the black berries and partridge berries (ligonberries), they are both pretty sour.

The sod cellar is where dad kept the winter vegetables, it was next to my great grandfather’s house, which is gone now. The water pump is where they got water back then.
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Our friend Bucky, such a sweet horse.

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We had a fire and made some smores, but it was so cold outside that the chocolate was too cold to melt!!
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Freezing

yesteday morning was cold so we lit a fire.

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after breakfast a walk to the beach, just 1 minute away.

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as you can see Evie was a little chilly.

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It was about 11 degrees Celcius and windy. Over night it is supposed to go down to 2degrees Celcius.   I wasn’t prepared for it to be quite this cold, I didn’t even pack pants for me, just shorts and t-shirts. Luckily I threw a fleece into my suitcase.

In My Kitchen September 2015

I cannot believe that September is here already, summer flew by in a blink.  I am not ready for it to be any where near over and I am certainly not ready for winter, it gets pretty harsh here.

We took a trip to Niagara Falls for a week and that was fun, though the drive was long.

Evie and I are in Newfoundland for a wedding until September 14th, she is a bridesmaid.  I will post more on that after the wedding.  In addition to the wedding preparations we will be picking blueberries and hopefully doing a little bit of baking with them.

Here is a little bit of what has been in our kitchen since our last IMK post.

We went to a Ukrainian festival where we had an excellent Pierogi lunch.  We bought some paczki filled with a prune puree and they were very fresh and delicious.  Evie stuffed herself on both the pierogi and packzi.

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This Nordic Birch water is Evie’s new favourite drink, she loves it!

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We made a pizza this is a favourite, we will have to post the dough recipe soon.

It is basically a Margherita with green olives.

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We tried this Strawberry Basil and Jalapeño Lemonade, though it sounds weird it was actually really good

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On our trip to Niagara we went to St. Jacob’s and stopped into a local bakery, Evie got a little peach pie.

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at the market we got some jam made by Mennonite ladies.  There is a large population of Mennonites in the St. Jacob’s area.  The local hardware store has a separate parking section for the horse and buggies.

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We also stopped into a British store where Evie found her favourite marmalade

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Her dad got the ginger chocolate.  We also had Cadbury Flake bars that we devoured as soon as we got in the car.

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I got these Empire biscuits and as you can see I couldn’t wait to take a picture

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Evie also got these pickled onion Montser Munch.  They didn’t have any single bags, due to costs and problems with customs, only this large bag with 6 bags inside.  The shopkeeper was so nice he gave her this supply.  He told her to space them out, but now she would have some.

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Some fresh Niagara peaches

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wild blueberries from the farmer’s market

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And our lovely friend Karam, who you may remember from way back in this post where she made mug brownies with Evie, just got back from a trip to Scotland and brought Evie back this cute tin of shortbread biscuits.  It is extra special because it has a highland cow on it, which Karam has taught her is actually called a “Heilan Coo”.  She says that ALOT!

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As alway thank you to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly IMK posts, they are always fun.  Don’t forget if you want to participate you must post and let Celia know before the 10th.

Snowballs

I should call these cookies Newfoundland snowballs.

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These are cookies that I grew up eating and Evie loves them now.  I haven’t met anyone that didn’t like them.  I made a batch recently and shared with a few people.  They are really easy, no bake and quick to make with few ingredients.

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The coconut used is fine or medium desiccated unsweetened coconut.

Put the first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan and melt stirring to combine.

Into another bowl add the next 3 ingredients and mix to combine.

Add the melted butter mixture to the oat mixture and mix.  Let this cool, I usually put it in the fridge for about half an hour until it will hold shape when rolled into balls.

Roll into balls and then roll in coconut.  That is it!

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These also freeze well and are good in the freezer for a few months.  Sometimes I freeze them and eat straight out of the freezer.

2000 Views!! – 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  We had 2000 views, that shocked me!  I certainly didn’t expect our little blog to have anywhere near that total!  Thanks everyone.  You can see more details below like our most popular recipes etc….

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Thank you to the people who followed, supported us and tried our recipes.  Thank you for all your likes and comments.

Hope you take a moment to check out our most popular recipes (delicious) and most frequent commenters (wonderful bloggers).

Our most popular was Wild Blueberry Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce made on our trip to Newfoundland.

Hope 2015 is a great year,

Love,

Lori and Evie

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