I haven’t spent a lot of time in the kitchen this past week, so I took a little trip down my photo’s and came across this. One of our favorite memories of spending time in Moosonee is the impromptu meals that just require a cook stove, a flat surface, propane and a beer or two.
This garage cookout was during a trip Mrs. Canuck came to visit her brother Tony and he was more than happy to slice up some moose meat and take out a bag of walleye. Fresh wild ingredients treated with nothing more than a little oil, salt, pepper and onions in the moose make for a tasty meal that leaves you wanting more.
The moose is slow cooked and the walleye pan fried crispy. Behind the scene, you don’t see the turkey fryer going for the 10+ lbs of potatoes that were double fried to crispy deliciousness and in this house, doused with malt vinegar while I run to escape the pungent smell.
Is there a meal family cooks for you that you ask for?
My Mom’s rice pudding is used quite often to torment other family members on Facebook. When she makes it, there is always one family member that is miles away and the post reminds them what they are missing.
We had a good portion of my family up here for Ducks Unlimited dinner on Saturday and Sunday was time to have family dinner at my aunt’s house. After some convincing, it was decided the rice pudding should be the dessert. Plus, I needed a blog post and no one had her recipe so we did our best to write it down as she went along.
The Stuff You Need
3 cups long grain rice
2 cups raisins
2 cans of Carnation condensed milk, not sweet milk.
3/4 cup sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp butter
cinnamon and nutmeg optional for serving
The Stuff You Do
Granny Canuck eyeballs everything and works this recipe by feel, look and taste so this is just a rough guide of her magical rice pudding.
Put the raisins in warm water to rehydrate them a little.
Put a large pot of water on to boil and add the rice.
Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 8-10 minutes. Then drain and rinse rice with cold water. Don’t worry that the rice is not cooked, we are just removing the starch.
Add 4 cups of water in a pot and add the rinsed rice.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce till the rice is just cooked, don’t worry there will still be a lot of moisture, this is the pudding part.
Add 1 can of Carnation milk and sugar. Cook stirring frequently as not to scorch the bottom for 5 minutes adding more milk if necessary to get a creamy texture.
Remove pot from heat add, salt, nutmeg, butter, vanilla, drained raisins, and stir to combine and melt butter.
Serve warm with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. You can also add a splash more of Carnation milk like I do.
Hope you enjoy making this; as much as we had fun making this blog post and sharing.
No trip to the Orillia is complete without stopping at Mariposa Market for lunch or to grab something for the road home. My Mom’s sweet tooth and love for bread, cookies, pastry and anything that is market fresh keep us coming back for more.
On the menu today, was French onion soup; which had a hearty and rich deep flavorful broth accompanied by a lukewarm bun. I had a cauliflower creme soup and a ham and cheddar baked sandwich but the picture didn’t turn out and I was hungry.
If you are in the area, definitely take a stop and grab a bite or something for the road, you won’t be disappointed.
Last night we drove from Timmins to Barrie for a little getaway with Granny Canuck and Mrs. Canuck to stop at Casino Rama in Orillia and take in some good restaurant eats and a little minor shopping. A mandatory Barrie food stop for the traveling crew is “The Mandarin”.
Yes, it’s a Chinese buffet filled with fried food, sugary sauces and overeating indulgence like you’ve never seen before and we enjoy every calorie. While we were having dinner, the usual banter of staff danced about to sing happy birthday to an elderly couple sitting close to our table. We clapped with our sticky fingers and sang with the rest, only to find out the gentleman’s name was Morris, having dinner with his lovely wife and turning 86. Once the excitement died down, I looked at my Mom and instantly knew what she was thinking.
Over the course of many years, we have all taken turns to pay it forward to unsuspecting dining couples, drive-thru customers, and coffee-goers. One of my fondest memory is an elderly couple in their turquoise 1960’s Thunderbird behind us in the Dairy Queen drive-thru on a Sunday afternoon. We paid for their ice cream and drove away. A quick look in the mirror we could see the sheer surprise and delight on their faces as they were told their ice cream was on the silver vehicle driving north.
Tonight, we asked our server to make sure we picked up the tab for their dinner. Normally we get to sneak out and leave them wondering; but in this case, the server who wasn’t too sure of our intentions pointed directly at us when they asked who paid the bill. We all turned 50 shades of red and tried to sneak out; but before we could Mrs. Morris came to our table with tears of joy in her eyes and hugged my Mom. On our way out, we shook the hand of our new friend and made our way to the hotel.
This isn’t a challenge to anyone to pay it forward, I’m not posting for a pat on the back, I’m posting because as I posted before, it’s the little things in life. My Dad would sometimes do this, as cheap as he was. Tonight we did it for Morris and Mrs. Morris to make his day a little extra special and a story he will remember long into his 90th birthday.
We did it in part for ourselves, the little thing that reminds us of Dad. He would be even happier knowing it was two seniors. After all, they get a 20% discount.