Barbara Nymark writes from her home in the East.
We live in a tiny village on the Northumberland Strait in PEI. It’s called, “Victoria-by-the-Sea.” The local economy is driven by fishing, arts/tourism. During the summer a loosely knit group of neighbours and CFA’s (come-from-aways who summer in our village) get together and rotate gatherings at each others’ residences every Friday night. We usually nuimber between 6 and 10 people. Everyone brings something to drink and a snack. The host provides the “main event.” As many in our group run local businesses, the party is a welcome break, little work, and a good chance to catch up with neighbours.Anyone in the village is welcome to attend, as long as their place is accessable. (My husband uses a wheelchair) It’s gratifying. Two friends have built ramps to their homes. The rest have places which are easy for us to access! For this (your) event, we’ll move our gathering to Saturday, at our home. The Menu?A barbequed side of salmon, braided, with a mustard, maple and rosemary glaze.Hot and spicey peanut noodle salad, Green salad (greens from our gardens, of course!)Barbequed vegetable medley (pearl onions, whole garlic cloves, peppers, whole mushrooms, and cauliflower florets), Citrus olive-oil cake (made with whole oranges and lemons), Drinks: TBA, but probably something tall, cold, and featuring lime. Mojitos, maybe? The fish is from our local fish pound in Victoria by the Sea. The vegetables are from our gardens, and from the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market.