Anita, Brad, Magda, Martin and many friends! of Ontario, Canada
Am with my son, Brad and his family, Magda and wee Martin (6 mo.) on the banks of the Gatineau River.
Like most, this menu has evolved over the past week.
We’re having burgers — lamb with oregano and very well peppered; organic beef from near Wakefield, Quebec that we’re mixing up with goats milk cheese and Venosta cranberries. Bread’s from an artisan in Wakefield and from Kingston’s Pan Chancho Bakery where I was also able to buy Highland Blue cheese to top off the beef burgers and some Bonnechere, another cheese from Back Forty Artisan Cheese-makers (formerly Back Forty Sheep Camp). Vanessa Currie of U of Guelph’s potato research program brought newly dug spuds last week so I’m using Red Norlands in a potato salad with crumbled, oven-crisped prosciutto . Dessert is Ile d’Orleans strawberry Pavlova and whatever else others bring (There’ll be about 20). Drinks are Wellington County beer; Alchimiste beer; Niagara College and Peninsula Ridge wines; “Decadence”, a chocolate-strawberry wine from Rush Creek.
Even in the rain that continues to sweep through the region, the party is going to be great. A big tarp is being held up with paddles. Resilient? Yep…this, after all, is Canada!