A Real Newfoundland Scoff @ Amazon.ca

91hOLPe+0RLA Real Newfoundland Scoff is now available for pre-order at Amazon.ca.
This is my most personal project to date, and after living with the writing process for well over a year, there’s nothing left to do but wait for it to come back from the printer.
It hits the shelves on May 15, and closer to that time I’ll have details on the launch plans, as well as a contest just for readers of this blog.
As well, there’ll be a few sneak peek recipes prior to release, so please stop back and see what’s cooking!

Supper Snaps: Fundraisers to NASCAR snax to BC pot, it’s all here!

And so the Supper Snaps series comes to an end; thanks to everyone that shared their pictures over the past few months. I’ve enjoyed chronicling dinners, but I’ve been using the idea as a crutch; instead of buckling down for some writing, I just whack up the picture and poof, done.

For our final instalment, I present an assortment of things that have come in over the weekend, a buffet, if you will, of images.

Convenient comfort food: Shake and Bake chicken, with store-bought cheesy scalloped potatoes, StoveTop stuffing, and asparagus. Hey, at least the asparagus was fresh!

Over at my sister’s place, they were getting ready for the NASCAR race with some pretty upscale snacks. SweetpochipsSweet potato chips with aioli for dipping, and pizza using portobello mushrooms as the base. Neat, and gluten free!pizza

My friend Catherine’s supper features, as usual, fabulous vegetables from Taproot Farms. Roast pork with homemade hunter sauce, another perfect winter supper.

And now for the BC pot:
I treated myself to these commercial type saucepans, all the better to remind me of a professional kitchen. Now, having great utensils doesn’t make one a great chef just as having a nice set of tools won’t make you a carpenter, but it sure will help you get the most of the skills you do have.
These pots are a great, mid-range price–they work hard and you don’t have to worry about spoiling their good looks.

Saving the best for last, a private Seattle home was the site of a gala fundraising dinner in support of the Newf Club Seattle Rescue. This combines two of my favourite things–Newfoundland dog rescue, and great food. Sadly, my plans to attend this year’s dinner crumbled at the last minute, but thanks to my friend Marylou, I have pictures and descriptions to share.

From top left to bottom, as per Marylou:

Beet salad, arugula, ricotta cheese, pepitas. Accompanied with a Balboa 2013 Chardonnay

Sea Scallop on a bed of pulled pork and crispy tortilla. Paired with a Dama Nation 2010 GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre). Mary – the winemaker from Dama Nation joined us for dinner and described the berry floral notes beautifully.

Pork Belly with fish sauce, jicama and charred green onion, served with a lovely VaPiano 2012 Syrah

Hangar Steak topped with Mt Tam triple cream cheese with roasted red potatoes, shallot and port sauce. Accompanied by the very nice Sleight of Hand 2012 Illusionist

Beyond description – a chocolate cake in a flaky crust topped by mocha creme and salted caramel….yum.

That all sounds amazing doesn’t it? If you’re planning on being in Seattle next year at this time, I can provide more information on this dinner. Great food for a great cause can’t be beat!

Supper Snaps: Company’s Coming!

Special guests warrant special dinners, and I decided to work from my Italian repertoire. One of my favourite cuisines, it lends itself to family style dishes with make-ahead preparation and no fuss so that the cook can enjoy the company instead of hovering over the stove.
I didn’t get a lot of finished product pictures for just that reason–I was enjoying the evening.

The full menu was:
Zuppa de Pesci (Seafood soup)
Antipasti platter
Chicken picatta
Lamb chops
Albacore tuna loin
Risotto alla Milanese
Eggplant parmigiana
Roasted asparagus
And some store-bought rosemary foccacia bread, cannoli, and biscotti :).

Ingredients laid out

Ingredients laid out

Local lamb chops marinating

Local lamb chops marinating

Seafood soup

Seafood soup

Some other folks were busy in their kitchens too. My nephew “The Doctah” is entertaining his parents in Texas, and served up this Thai Red Curry with Grouper–such a fragrant dish, with complex heat, I’ll bet it was amazing.

And from Catherine, who made the best of being storm-bound in Nova Scotia with this Valentine-themed Devil’s food cake. I thought she should stick to Angel food cake, being a United Church minister and all, but there’s no arguing with how delicious this cake looks–dare I say sinfully delish?

What did YOU have for supper?

Supper Snaps: What’s Your Beef?


Once a week, usually on a Sunday or Monday night, I go through the fridge and out come the leftovers. Tonight, we had a small piece of roast beef from the freezer, and plenty of vegetables left over or rapidly approaching the “eat by” time.
Whole fresh beets, steamed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms with red onions and spinach crowd the plate with roasted potatoes and beef.

What did YOU have for supper?

Supper Snaps: Pulled Pork & More!

Having had a fairly large restaurant brunch meal, we opted for a somewhat lighter supper. Pulled pork with our favourite red onions, peasant rolls from a local bakery, and roasted sweet potatoes.
Three other Supper Snaps to share:


From J. in Newfoundland, who’s husband uses a cast iron grill pan to great effect, a filet smothered in mushrooms, with “dollar chips”, and fresh asparagus.


From Catherine: Ginger garlic pork stir fry with carrots, onions, red, green and yellow peppers, basmati rice. Yum!

And from Cindy: King crab legs with Big D’s special tenderloin–now that’s a date night supper!10968158_786485261436349_859294194_n

Supper Snaps: Smoked Salmon Club

Inspired by the discovery of the best sourdough bread I’ve ever had, I present the Smoked Salmon Club.
From top to bottom:
Lemon aioli
Wild pacific smoked salmon
Hothouse tomatoes
Caramelized red onions
Spinach sautéed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Lemon aioli
Toasted sourdough