The weekend is here and I for one am particularly grateful. I’m not sure if this has been a common experience but May and the first half of June always seem to be crunch time for me. So if you’ve felt the blog has been a little quiet recently, it’s because I’ve been crunched. But I’m here with you lovely people today to bring you quite possibly my favorite brunch – Fish Cake Eggs Benny. This dish boasts a chubby fish cake comprised of creamy mashed potatoes and carrots packed with tender chunks of haddock. The cake is served on a bed of roasted asparagus spears, topped with a poached egg, and positively drowned in hollandaise sauce. This is heaven on a plate, so let’s make it!
Lobster prices in Ontario are something I will never get over. Growing up in Nova Scotia, lobster was considered a treat but an obtainable treat. But now that I live in a lake-adjacent province far from the ocean, lobster is anniversary-level fare. Well, it would be if my partner actually liked it. So in order to combat the heart-stopping price of a whole lobster, I’ve devised recipes that make a little lobster go a long way. Take today’s Lobster Wedge Salad for example. This dish makes use of four lobster tails and transforms them into a veritable feast. Is it as good as meticulously pulling apart and devouring a whole lobster? Well, no. But it sure does scratch the itch.
Today’s recipe is a little riff on a family favorite. I, like most people who grew up on the East Coast of Canada, grew up eating fish and seafood chowder. My grandmother always made a huge pot whenever and wherever the entire family congregated. Naturally, the chowder was always accompanied by a fresh batch of tea biscuits. I often say that this combo would be my preferred last meal. It is perfect, so why mess with it? Well, because I can’t help it. It’s not in my nature to leave well enough alone. Today’s Miso Clam Chowder is not an improvement of a childhood favorite because you can’t improve upon perfection. This is not an attempt to elevate, this is playtime. Delicious playtime, I might add.
The New Year is nearly upon us so it just makes sense to shuck an oyster. As far as I’m concerned, shucking an oyster is as iconic as popping a cork at midnight. And while you could serve your oysters with nothing more than mignonette, there is something to be said for Oysters Rockefeller. A dish so rich they name it after the richest man in America circa 1889. While it may seem like the height of sophistication and it is, it’s actually an incredibly simple recipe to pull off with plenty of make-ahead opportunities. But the simple preparation doesn’t detract from the overall impact of the finished dish. I promise your guests will be impressed. So let’s get to it.