06/23/15

Hello Ocean

Mr. and I went on an anniversary adventure a couple of weeks ago.

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We went to Prince Edward Island for a few days before hopping on a ferry over to Nova Scotia to finish the trip.

It was magical.

I spent a good portion of my childhood dreaming of the ocean: of living on a rocky shore, or being a pirate, or, because of the movie Pete’s Dragon, being a lighthouse keeper. I’m not sure if this is a pattern, children growing up on the prairies dreaming of the ocean, but it’s what I did. Where do children from the coast dream about living? I don’t know if it would be the prairies.

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On the way there, amidst all of my excitement, I was a little bit worried. (But then, when am I not at least a little worried? Ha ha ha). A person spends all of this time fantasizing, mythologising about a place, putting it up on a pedastal, what if it doesn’t live up to how you imagined it?

But I was worrying for nothing. It was amazing. It was as amazing as I imagined it could be. I would go back in a second.

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Many lighthouses were hugged. There was much excitement.

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Mr., who didn’t grow up dreaming of lighthouses or the ocean, hugged some lighthouses too. He was happy we were having such a fun time.

If you find yourself in Charlottetown and need a bite to eat, here are our suggested stops: the Water Prince Corner Shop (chowder so good we came back the next day to have it again!), and Dave’s Lobster (for lobster rolls that were Mr.’s favourite meal the whole trip. The ‘Some Fancy’ is so good it’ll give you goosebumps.).

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In Halifax we got to spend some time with our friend Dave, who we don’t get to see often enough at all. We went to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, walked the boardwalk, and took a tour of his ship. We got treated to oysters at the Waterfront Warehouse, a first for both Mr. and myself!

For our anniversary, Mr. and I decided to continue the tradition of having a picnic. We went to Point Prim lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, with our treats and our picnic blanket and had a marvellous time.

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I can’t wait to go back. And I’m sure that we will!

To go along with today’s picnic theme I have a recipe for a crunchy, bright slaw that would be perfect to pack in a picnic basket.

Granny Smith and Celery Slaw

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1 Granny Smith apple

5 stalks of celery

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Directions

  • Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core before slicing thinly.
  • Slice the celery into crescents of similar thickness to the apple.

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  • In a medium to small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard to make the dressing.
  • Add the sliced apple and celery to the bowl, tossing to coat.
  • Serve!
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Crunch!

I think it might be fun next time to cut everything into juliennes, to have it look more traditionally slaw-like. I know some people would rather go to the dentist than cut into juliennes, but I’ve always kind of had fun with it.

 

04/25/10

Picnic in the Park: Potato Salad Revisited

When I think of picnics, I think of: sun, sandwiches, iced tea, veggies and dip, kites, maybe a football, ants and… potato salad.

Normally, potato salad and I don’t get along very well. I like all of the ingredients that go into it, but the end result of a potato salad generally isn’t so appealing to me. Something about raw onions in a mayonnaise based dressing just doesn’t rub me the right way. Feel free to disagree, everyone has their idiosyncrasies when it comes to food.

I was reading Nigella Express (my transition into summer holidays has been  quick, the textbooks have already been replaced by cookbooks) when I found this recipe. A potato salad that has no mayonnaise, no raw onions and a rather unique flavor profile. Apparently Nigella shares my feelings on potato salad, who knew?

When I found out that a friend of mine had planned a picnic at the park, I knew that this different potato salad would be a good addition to my picnic basket. It joined the wraps, apples, iced tea and veggies with dip and was quite well received. The sun may have hidden behind the clouds and it was a little cool, but an afternoon at the park with good friends and good food was a lovely way to start summer break and celebrate the end of exams.

Potato Salad Revisited

(adapted from Warm Potato Salad in Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express)
Ingredients

4 medium potatoes, cut into bite size pieces

3 slices bacon (I used thick cut)

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

Directions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the potatoes until they are fork tender (~20 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, fry the bacon until crispy and most of the fat has rendered. When it is done, remove from heat to a plate lined with paper towel.
  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil, white wine vinegar and whole grain mustard with a fork or whisk. It should come together similarly to a vinaigrette.
  • When the potatoes are done cooking, drain the water off of them and give them a few minutes to cool.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the potatoes, tossing gently to combine. Forceful stirring will leave you with flavored mashed potatoes instead of mashed potatoes.
  • Just before serving, crumble the bacon and add it to the salad.

What’s interesting is, this potato salad is good warm (right after being mixed up, even without the bacon), around ambient temperature (how we ate it at the picnic), and cold (what was left once we came home, though the bacon wasn’t so crispy anymore).¬† I know a lot of you out there are probably fans of normal potato salad but this revisited, revamped potato salad is worth a try.