Many Newfoundlanders live in the province of Ontario. They continue to identify with their homeland and are fiercely proud of their heritage no matter how long they have been here. Newfoundland entered into Canada in 1949 as the newest province. Many of its residents are of Irish and Scottish ancestry and the dialect, music and cuisine reflect this connection to some degree. Potatoes and fish are staple foods for sure.
Close to the hospital on an empty lot stands an old "Chip Wagon". It is actually a trailer and the flag of Newfoundland flies proudly above it. One of my patients who had been in hospital for three months following surgery made this the destination of her first trip to the outside world. I drive by the stand every day but have never been inclined to stop for a meal.
The Becka severely limits her intake of sugar, dairy and wheat during ragweed allergy season but had a craving for some french fries one evening. We decided to have some real french fries, not the fake, factory moulded items sold in fast food restaurants. The trailer menu was interesting. Newfie fries came with gravy, peas and stuffing! Poutine, the French Canadian artery clogging delight, came with cheese curds and gravy. And the most trendy option was nacho fries with sour cream and salsa. We settled for a small order of plain fries which ended up being large enough to feed a family of four. But the potatoes were real and they were hot, crisp and delicious. We hid incognito under a large multi-coloured umbrella and enjoyed the treat.
Most cultures have a signature dish and we all enjoy comfort foods that tend to be tasty if not the most healthy for us. Earlier this week, Laura from Somewhere in NJ posted a meme called the Omnivore's Hundred. Many of the foods are ethnic specialities. Here it is with my results. I have added some comments in italics. What are your favourite comfort and ethnic foods??
The Omnivore’s Hundred:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
1. Venison 2. Nettle tea - a patient brought me a big bag of nettles…not bad 3. Huevos rancheros 4. Steak tartare-have you seen Mr Bean hide his steak tartare? 5. Crocodile –well it was Alligator, but only once! 6. Black pudding 7. Cheese fondue - I still have a fondue pot 8. Carp 9. Borscht 10. Baba ghanoush - eggplant is my “iff-iest” vegetable 11. Calamari 12. Pho –one of our favourite Thai take out items 13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi - I love this dish! Recipe on my other blog… 15. Hot dog from a street cart 16. Epoisses 17. Black truffle 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 19. Steamed pork buns 20. Pistachio ice cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Fresh wild berries 23. Foie gras 24. Rice and beans 25. Brawn, or head cheese 26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper 27. Dulce de leche 28. Oysters 29. Baklava 30. Bagna cauda 31. Wasabi peas 32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl 33. Salted lassi 34. Sauerkraut 35. Root beer float - I hate root beer 36. Cognacwith a fat cigar 37. Clotted cream tea- I think this an error. You eat clotted cream with your scones and fruit at tea 38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O 39. Gumbo 40. Oxtail –Mom often made oxtail soup 41. Curried goat-pretty standard fare at Indian buffets 42. Whole insects 43. Phaal 44. Goat’s milk 45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more 46. Fugu 47. Chicken tikka masala 48. Eel 49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - once 50. Sea urchin 51. Prickly pear 52. Umeboshi 53. Abalone 54. Paneer-Delicious Indian cheese 55 . McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle 57. Dirty gin martini 58. Beer above 8% ABV 59. Poutine 60. Carob chips 61. S’mores 62. Sweetbreads 63. Kaolin 64. Currywurst 65. Durian 66. Frogs’ legs 67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake -or “Beaver Tails” at the Byward Market inOttawaOntario 68. Haggis 69. Fried plantain 70. Chitterlings, or andouillette 71. Gazpacho 72. Caviarand blini 73. Louche absinthe 74. Gjetost, or brunost 75. Roadkill 76. Baijiu 77. Hostess Fruit Pie 78. Snail - sounds better when called “escargot” 79. Lapsang souchong - tea lover that I am 80. Bellini 81. Tom yum- I made this yesterday but the chili pepper was very HOT! 82. Eggs Benedict 83. Pocky 84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. 85. Kobebeef 86. Hare 87. Goulash 88. Flowers 89. Horse 90. Criollo chocolate 91. Spam 92. Soft shell crab 93. Rose harissa 94. Catfish (this is on the list twice) 95. Mole poblano