Nancy Campbell of Ontario, Canada
As a newcomer to the Temagami region, I have spent the last 6 weeks cooking at Smoothwater Lodge and getting acquainted with the bounty of local products, including locally milled flours, great lamb, and cheese, and, of course, the fresh, wild fish caught in Lake Temiskaming. Now, almost at the height of the growing season, we have great vegetables and wild fruit available. A perfect time for a barbecue with friends and guests.
The main event will be a marinated and spit-roasted Chantecler chicken basted with a wild raspberry (just picked) and honey vinaigrette and garnished with wild bergamot.
The Chantecler chicken is the first truly Canadian chicken and was first bred in Quebec, but has been here in New LIskeard a long-time. The highly respected poultry man, Jim Hopkins, has been raising Chanteclers for many years. We are lucky to this tasty grass-fed poultry.
To accompany our barbecued chicken we will have roasted new potatoes with wild mint, corn on the cob fresh from Craighaven farm, green bean and radish salad, herb crostini ( bread made from locally grown and milled Terza flours – buckwheat, wholewheat) with roasted tomatoes drizzled with Board’s buckwheat honey and a salad with greens from the garden and some beautiful edible flowers – the magenta bergamot, orange and yellow nasturniums and the lavender mallow. For dessert, a wild blueberry sundae made with homemade rose ice cream. Delicious.