Part of the fun of travelling for me is getting to learn about and try new foods and drinks that are local to the area I’m visiting. I’ve travelled a lot of places and always been excited to partake in some of the local fare, but not to the Andrew Zimmern level. Rat ball soup (like meatballs made from rat meat) in Thailand, Cobra whiskey in Laos, turtle soup in Grand Cayman, Limoncello on the Amalfi coast, Sour Toe cocktail in Yukon, ceviche in Mexico, guinea pig and Alpaca in Peru, live shrimp, fried worms, seaweed soup, elk, alligator, rattlesnake, various kinds of fish and I can’t even remember what else…..some good and others not so much. Newfoundland people have lots of local foods and favorites, including the cod tongues and moose burger I tried a couple of weeks ago. The list has been growing though each week as I hear more and more about local favorites.
Danielle and Murph brought a surprise feast to the cabin last week that included 3 of the top “must try” foods on my list – moose pie, seal flipper pie and cod au gratin. Danielle made the cod au gratin from scratch using fish she and Murph caught that week, and it was fabulous. I didn’t get the full list of ingredients, but you can imagine just from the name. Seal flipper pie was a little intimidating, but I was eager to give it a go. The meat tasted a little like liver to me which isn’t my favorite, but the pie was actually really good.
Next up was moose pie – like a beef pot pie at home but with moose meat. The moose burger is more mild in most restaurants than other moose meat, so this was sure to be different, and it was. It was delicious!
And for dessert – partridgeberry pie with whipped cream. I’d never heard of them and found them to be a lot like cranberries, very tart, which was great and perfectly balanced with whipped cream as long as you used 3 parts whipped cream to 1 part pie, lol.
Thanks so much, Danielle and Murph for an incredible and delicious meal (well, actually it was more than one since we got to enjoy the leftovers too)! Still on the list: fish and brewis (salt cod and hardtack, but I’m not sure how it’s prepared), moose sausage, fish cakes, Screech (rum), some local brews like at Quidi Vidi Brewery and other local places (gotta get off the Tylenol before then), cod, cod and more cod.