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Four days in Nova Scotia/PEI/NB

Are you heading straight to PEI, or will you be heading to Hailfax first (the airport is a bit outside the city)?

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Yes, I did put the parchment with the bread into the pot. I make sure the parchment is long enough to act as a sling to lower the bread in without burning myself. I do this as it ensures the shape of the bread doesn't get deformed. Absolutely no problem with browning or crisping.

Mar 23, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

I always use the parchment to transfer my dough to the pot. It still turns out very crisp, and I do not think the parchment has any negative effect.

Mar 20, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

I have also doubled it. Worked great.

Mar 07, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

East Coast Style Potato Skins

I lived in Ottawa for a few years - it saddened me that potato skins were unavailable! There were some places that served wedge potatoes with cheese and bacon, but not the thin, wide ones we have here.

However, I can't remember the last time I ordered any - I want to know where people are having them!

Feb 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

West Coaster Heading East

I'm in Halifax, so about 4 hours away from Saint John. However, NS and NB have the same big chains: Sobeys and Superstore (owned by Loblaws/Weston family). I do not know what the overall food scene is like in Saint John though. I'm pretty sure that most places are a step down from Vancouver though!

FYI- It's usually Saint John, not St. John. Makes it a bit easier to differentiate between Saint John and St. John's :)

Feb 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

West Coaster Heading East

You may want to occasionally post on this again to bump it - most of the action on this board is for Halifax :)

Feb 02, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Cost of Scallops Nationwide?

I could give an academic explanation using price elasticity of demand, but that's probably not what you were looking for :)

Feb 02, 2015
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Are crispy eggs a culinary no no?

I like the crispy edges as long as the rest isn't overcooked! Which, to me, means a soft but not runny yolk.

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

I live in Halifax, which was one of thE earliest cities in NA to introduce mandatory compost. I refuse to pay money for bags that will be composted, so I just line the small bin the city gave us with newspaper and keep it under the counter. If it does get gross inside the bin, I just throw it in the dishwasher. I probably put it inh the e dishwasher every 4 or 5 days, and it is perfectly fine after YEARS of doing so. If I didn't have under sink space for the bin, I would get an attractive can and do the same thing.

Canadian treats for delivery to the UK

I also think Laura Secord is not great quality.

Heinous KFC commercial

The same is true of the grocery stores in my area. The rotisserie chickens are beside the counter with fried chicken that is better than KFC. However, there are VERY few KFC left near me..

Jan 04, 2015
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

Oldest Halifax, Provincial and Atlantic Canadian restaurants

The Sunnyside Restaurant in Bedford has been around since 1930.

Jan 01, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Help needed: Good gravy from red meats

There is definitely a risk of burning if you aren't careful, but it adds so much flavour and colour. It also makes it easier to remove some of the fat if you wish (I do!)

Jan 01, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Telling Me Wine Names Rather than Generic Grape Types

This is not how it works here. Wine lists almost universally list both the the grape and winery, usually the info on the bottle.

Dec 31, 2014
CanadaGirl in Wine

Help needed: Good gravy from red meats

This! We always boil everything down to nothing and brown the drippings as well as possible. It makes a huge difference in flavour.

Dec 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Accused of shoplifting!

I must say that I am surprised few people have seen anyone shopping with their own basket. They are easily available where I am, although they do not resemble the ones provided for in-store use by the grocers.

Dec 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

Granted, I have not read all recently locked threads. However, those I have read contain a link to an almost identical conversation. This, I am completely fine with. However, if conversations are just being stopped, that's not cool.

Dec 18, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk

CH has changed - WHY?

I hope so. I will nit be continuing to use the site if this formatting stays.

Dec 18, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk

Where Are My Napkins?

Me too. There is a BBQ place near me that has a very attractive sink very near the dining area, so you don't have to traipse to a washroom to wash off messy fingers! They also have the rolls of towel on the table.

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

How good is your butcher to you?

Mine is awesome. I am very fortunate to have a high-end grocery store near me, but with very reasonable pricing. I've never had a request denied, and they often suggest something that will make my life easier. But, I've never seen anything like that!

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Sweet Potato fries

Is the horseradish mustard something you bought or made? Sounds delicious.

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

What colour is your toaster, kettle, blender....,

I have mostly stainless, but my blender is bright red. I really like it. If the red makes you smile, I say keep it!

Dec 11, 2014
CanadaGirl in Cookware

Efficiency of Eating

I eat with the fork in my left hand (I'm Canadian, and many of us do). It is just fine for veggies and soft foods - I'm unsure why you think it might not.

Dec 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Garlic Fingers

I like the ones from Martha's in Bedford. But I must admit to not having extensive experience - not an area where I deviate much!

Dec 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Rule #1...always...

That's why I store my pot holders in a drawer beside the oven.

Nov 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

Yep. My simple human motion activated soap dispenser just might be my favourite kitchen too,!

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I almost always use frozen corn, and a m prfectly happy with it. I am currently using the frozen corn from Costco, and it is excellent.

Nov 20, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I love corn chowder, and make it regularly. Here is my recipe:

- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- I med onion, diced
-1 tbsp flour
- 4 med potatoes (preferably red), diced
- 1 litre chicken stock
-1 bay leaf
- 1 cup cream (any type)
- 2 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
- salt and peppers or taste.

- crisp bacon in pot. Remove bacon to small bowl. Sauté onion in bacon fat until softened. Add flour, cook 1 minute
- whisk in broth. Stir in potatoes and bay leaf and salt. Let simmer until potato is mostly cooked, about 15 minutes.
- stir in corn. Simmer 5 minutes.
- stir in cream and reserved bacon. Heat through. Season to taste.

Nov 19, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

store bought premade pie dough

It's certainly better than mine. But, it's not nearly as good as either my mother's or mother-in-law's.

Nov 17, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics