Wherein Lord and Lady Kitchenless Visit Newfoundland
Lord Kitchenless hails from the beautiful city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, where food culture pretty much revolves around beer, a paint-stripping liquor called Screech, and “fee an’ chee” (fish and chips for you non-Newfies). I love visiting Lord Kitchenless’ parents for Christmas, because their kitchen is ENORMOUS, and I can cook so much more than I do at home!
Our first stop upon reaching The Rock is to go hit up The Duke of Duckworth for a pint of local brew (Quidi Vidi Brewery rocks!) and some of their delicious fee an’ chee, smothered in savoury dressing and gravy.
I grew up in Oregon, which has a large migrant Hispanic population, so naturally I know how to make a few Mexican dishes including Huevos Rancheros, which in its simplest form is just fried eggs on a crisp flour tortilla, covered in salsa and garnished with avocado. I’ve discovered, to my chagrin, that it’s nearly impossible to fry eggs in a rice cooker (unless they’re scrambled first).
On New Years Eve, the entire family had plans and left Lord Kitchenless and I to our own devices, with full reign of the kitchen. So naturally, I decided to make a huge, incredibly special dinner and dessert. We got some massive steaks from Costco, which I seared then pan-grilled and smothered in sauteed mushrooms. I also made some sauteed vegetables as well as white cheddar scalloped potatoes.
For dessert, I didn’t want to make something huge since we were heading back to Toronto and Lord Kitchenless’ sister and her partner were going back to Norway, so I decided to make individual Walnut-Raspberry Tortes!