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.
Our journey on the Wetum Road started today at 9:25 AM after an overnight to visit Granny Canuck in Cochrane. Loaded up with groceries, a full tank of gas, lunch, and Reese our miniature poodle co-pilot, we start our venture to the tip of James Bay in our 4×4 Nissan Titan.
Built in 2012 by Mocreebec and contract partners; the seasonal winter road connects Moose Factory and Moosonee to Highway 634 and then onto Highway 11. We start the real journey at Smooth Rock Falls and travel along highway 634 to Fraserdale. After Fraserdale, the road continues to Abitibi Canyon and then on the Wetum road. Up to this point, the road can be traveled in the summer as it’s used for maintaining the dams.
KM 0 | 10:35 AM | Town of Smooth Rock Falls
Resetting the odometer to zero at the local Esso gas station for 1.19 a liter, we are now ready to tackle the journey onward to Moosonee.
KM 49.4 | 11:13 AM | ONR Track Crossing
KM 79.8 | 11:45 AM | Abitibi Generating Station Dam Crossing
Providing 349 MW of power to the Ontario Power Generation grid, the dam was put into service in 1933. If you would like to read more about the generating station, please follow the following link to Ontario Power Generation.
KM 126.9 | 12:21 AM | Turning onto the Wetum Road – 170 KM To Go
KM 238 | 2:10 PM | Crossing The French River
KM 241.6 | 2:18 PM | The Muskeg
A large portion of the land in the James Bay Lowlands is muskeg or moss bog. It is very similar to swamp land that is covered in a thick dense moss. While walking on it, it’s very spongy and you can only travel on it during the winter months. Want to learn more on muskeg, here’s the link to Wikipedia.
KM 294.8 | 3:11 PM | Moose Factory
KM 301.4 | 3:32 PM | Moosonee
From Smooth Rock Falls to Moosonee, our adventure was just over 300KM and around 5 hours. We had a great time on the road, a few pit stops to let the dog out and stretch the legs, and two ‘hold on’ moments where the dog and 1/2 the cargo went flying.
I wouldn’t recommend traveling the ice roads if you’ve never driven on them before but if you’re in the area, want an adventure, hit me up!