Maritime Road Tripping and Lobster Overdosing

A glorious pictorial Maritime Road Tripping tour of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick via fishing villages, spectacular coastlines, seafood galore and libatious finds!

I know, my title is technically false. How can anyone overdose on lobster! I was so happy to devour luscious lobster in some form for 6 out of my 9 travel days. I would have to say instead I had to face lobster withdrawal once back to routine and reality!

The docks of the fishing village Peggy’s Cove NS

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Today I plan on overdosing you on pictures! Very few wordy paragraphs, instead you will get loads of pictures with a quick commentary. Enjoy!

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Fish Bone Broth: follow your gut

Did you know even fish bones are great to make a mineral and gelatin packed bone broth. Learn how to acquire and prepare a super healthy Fish Bone Broth.

Here we are with the final post of four articles that I wrote following my challenge to have a cup of bone broth a day for 1 month to see if it would help with my acid reflux condition, know as GERD. Actually I should say it is the final broth recipe post because I have shared with you all the various treatments I have tried. Did I manage to cure my gut issue in the end? Was the broth all that it lived up too? Keep on reading to find out!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little anxious about posting my last two recipes. These last two broths could be a challenge for many to make because I am using more graphic carcass parts! First off, I want to give thanks for all the amazing support I got from my readers for the lamb’s head broth. It certainly was not a recipe many of you would run out to the store and try but I loved all your encouraging comments. Thank you! This time we are going down the fish bone broth route with fish skeletons, whole with head, fins and tail.

a spoon of fish bone broth

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Strawberry and Date Malted Loaf for #twelveloaves

The lighter taste and texture of strawberries creates a perfect balance to the heavier, metallic flavor of malted loaf. Add a bit of dates for extra richness and enjoy a slice with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

I am so excited to present you with my second recipe for a new group I joined called #twelveloaves. In this group we bake a bread every month with the addition of the monthly theme flavor or ingredient. This month we were asked to add malt.

Yeast breads are preferred but quick breads are also welcomed. Since I prepared this recipe quickly before running off on holiday I did a quick bread this month using a seasonal berry, strawberries, and dates.

Strawberry and Date Malted Loaf

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Maritimes: wish you were here!

I am taking a week off from regular posting this week. It’s summer vacation time and I am on a trip I have been dreaming off for years. Silly enough I am not even that far from home, about 12 hours away. We are 2 friends on a road trip heading to the east coast of Canada: Atlantic Canada, also know as the Maritimes.

Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Lunenburg NS, source andrewmuhlbach.com

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are on this trip’s menu, as are bucket loads of seafood like lobster, the cities of Halifax and Saint-John, coastal fishing villages like Lunenberg, Maritimes whales, the highest tides in the world at Fundy Bay, and as this post publishes we will be exploring the Cabot trail, one of the worlds most scenic drives!

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Cabot Trail NS, source usask.ca

If you just cannot wait for my return then I invite you to head over to Citynet Magazine and check out my latest outings at a lavender filed and 2 of the HOTTEST new restaurants in Montreal:

  • the 1 year anniversary of LABARAKE located in Historic Angus Shops

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  • Escape to the Perfumed Fields of Lavender at Bleu Lavande Just South of Montreal

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  • Doca, a Mediterranean swanky spot in Griffintown

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I will be back on August 4th with #twelveloaves!

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Lamb Bone Broth: follow your gut

Mineral and gelatin packed bone broths are so good for you and they taste wonderful. Today we will make Lamb Bone Broth but with a most unexpected bone segment, the head.

Soooooo remember back in April I had challenged myself to drink homemade bone broth every day for 1 month? And I blogged about it twice with recipes? And then I went on a cruise and life happened! Well I did indeed complete my 1 month challenge but somehow I never got around to post my two final bone broth recipes. Wait no more here is the third one and the fourth will follow in August.

I have to admit something to you to. I am a little scared to post the next two recipes. Why? Because they are – how should I say – graphic in nature when it comes to unusual animal carcass parts! The fish recipe is obviously made with fish skeletons but they are whole with head, fins and tail. Today’s bone broth recipe is made with lamb – a lamb’s entire head!

Lamb Bone Broth

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Algerian Griwech Pastries

These intricate Algerian Griwech pastries are made from contortioned dough into elaborate shapes, then fried and coated by a syrup and sesame seeds.

The word griwech translates to “crunchy” and that is a perfect description of the texture, yet they remain very delicate and are beautifully perfumed with orange blossom water. Algerian Griwech are very popular during religious celebrations, weddings and during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan which is just about to end.

Algerian griwech plate

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Chaklama, Omani Coconut Macaroons

The sweet confection of baked coconut and sweetened condensed milk from Oman is called a Chaklama, a close relative to the very well know Coconut Macaroon.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting the lesser know country of Oman this month and we will sample Chaklama, or Omani Coconut Macaroons. Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.

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Hanging with my Chaklamas by the lake at the cottage.

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