Putting the “NO” in “NANOWRIMO”

I started out the month with a lofty goal--to take part in National Novel Writing Month and to put at least 50K words out by December 1. In conjunction, I would also take on NaBloWriMo, and post to this blog daily. That was the easy part. Turns out the despite having all the time in... Continue Reading →


East vs West: Battle Cod

In cod we trust--or can we? On the East Coast and especially Newfoundland, cod is not just a fish. Cod is THE fish. Cod is more than a fish, actually, cod is a deity, the bringer of wealth, the currency of the settlers, the hopes and dreams of the early immigrants. And when we mismanaged... Continue Reading →

Feeding Birds

Our new, closest neighbours are birds. All kinds of birds. Out front, sea birds: seagulls, Canada geese, ducks, a lone heron, a bald eagle, and turkey vultures. Out back, the land birds: owls, crows, Stellar's jays, robins, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, fat little brown ground feeders, quails, and more of which I cannot identify. And so this... Continue Reading →

Ferries & Fishcakes

When we were on the East coast, our Newfoundland families made the trek to visit us on the Marine Atlantic ferry, which runs from Port-aux-Basques to North Sydney. Now that we're here, once again visiting family takes the ferry from Vancouver to actually, another Sidney (Ha! Just realized that. But there's a major difference in... Continue Reading →

Freestyle Chowder Base

Tomorrow, we are welcoming our first visit from family since moving west. Traditionally, whenever family crossed the Strait from Newfoundland to our house in Nova Scotia, we'd have a pot of seafood chowder waiting. Asking what our company might like for supper, and the response was chowder. And so the tradition continues! Of course, the... Continue Reading →

Here's the menu, as the picture is not that clear: Small Plates & Bowls Snow Crab Bisque 12 Curried Split Pea Soup with Coconut Milk 9 Breads & Spreads: Smoked Capelin Pate/Seal Rillettes/Rabbit Compote 15 Beet Carpaccio 10 Warm Mushroom Dandelion Salad 9 Marinated Mussel Salad 12 Large Plates & Bowls Asian Tea-Smoked Cod 22... Continue Reading →

Reservations about No Reservations?

I was on CBC Halifax's Mainstreet today, chatting about restaurants with "no reservation" policies. This is a new trend, sweeping in from larger American centres like New York and Washington DC. Like any story, there are two sides to this, and it's been quite the divisive issue. Having been on both the kitchen side and... Continue Reading →

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