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Farewell New Brunswick!

Farewell, New Brunswick!

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.

Fricot au Poulet (Acadian Chicken & Potato Soup)

The crêpes à râpée were pretty tasty too, basically French crêpes with lots of grated potato in, served with molasses.

Crêpes à Râpée

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.

Super fresh New Brunswick lobster - DELICIOUS

A little lobster roll in Acadian bread - you just have to

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!

12 Comments

  1. June Hashim says

    As with all good things it has to end but it will be well cherished and the memory will last a lifetime; and stay beautiful!

  2. OK well NOW I feel enlightened. I thought Acadian was an american joke because they thought Canadians were stoopid and therefore couldn’t spell their own country name! Every day is a school day!

    • Very interesting, isn’t it?! And that’s where Cajun comes from. Acadian was pronoounced – a-kay-jun – and became Cajun!

    • Solange says

      I really enjoyed reading about your journey in our beautiful Maritimes. I’m glad it was a great experience & I hope you will come back for a visit. I must say that Lay The Table’s comment was a bit harsh though. I’m a French Acadian & Canadian and I surely know how to pronounce both.

      • Thanks Solange. I love the Maritimes. I have a great friend in Halifax who I try to see when I can. I will be back.

        I don’t think Lay the Table meant anything by it – British Humour, that is all!

    • Great trip! I know, still eating fiddleheads here. They are in great shape! Wish I brought more home now.

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