I am on my way back to London now and very sad to leave Canada behind. It was a wonderful trip, a perfect combination of catching up with old friends and doing fun things with them in Nova Scotia, to a terrific food trip around New Brunswick centred on the humble twisting fiddlehead.
I need to adapt and already as I sit in the airport reality is starting to nip, deadlines are shouting at me, I am wondering about how I can do x, y & z. It’s just like Sunday night before school when you don’t want to do your homework. Hey-ho.
I will miss a few things after my 2 week trip here. The people, well they are as nice as everyone says, they’re funny too! It has been lots of fun. The seafood is sensational, the lobster, mussels and scallops particularly so. I’ll miss those darn fiddleheads! I’ve taken to it here and have even started sticking an odd “eh” at the end of my sentences. I must really stop doing that now, or the London folks will eat me alive when I return.
So to nicer things and some photographs of today. It was so much fun. We visited an Acadian restaurant and tried some of their food. Acadians were the French settlers that came to Canada in the early 17th century. Cutting a long story very short, they were expelled by the British. Some years later some returned, establishing communities on the harsh land by the coasts in the South of New Brunswick. They became fishermen and developed a cuisine based on fish, potatoes, eggs, soup from chickens when they were too old to lay (fricot) and lots of potato based dishes as they could grow these quite easily.
We tried several of these, my favourite was Fricot au Poulet, a delicious chicken and potato soup with Acadian bread.
The crêpes à râpée were pretty tasty too, basically French crêpes with lots of grated potato in, served with molasses.
We finished the day with a lobster cruise at Shediac on the Acadian coast, a 2 hour mini adventure where the art of lobster fishing and eating Acadian style is explained, and you get a lobster to eat at the end. Interesting and lots of fun. The Acadians are famous for their parties and humour, and I can see why now.
More on Acadian food culture and fiddleheads and jam and lots of other things soon. For now, I will board my flight to London. See you on the other side, folks!