Tuesday, 16 September 2014

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Trinity, Newfoundland

We had a fabulous relaxing weekend on the Bonavista Peninsula, but we didn't stop much!!!  On Sunday afternoon, on our way back up from the Cape, we detoured down to Trinity, as this is my mom's birthplace.  I remember going there as a child, but I didn't remember it being quite so beautiful. 

As we drove around the beautiful, historic community of Trinity, we came upon this gem....St. Paul's Anglican Church.  The building is about 120 years old,and its architecture is fascinating and mesmerizing.  It is hard to believe what could be accomplished with the tools of the day. 

I love old churches and I took the opportunity to stroll around the grounds of this church and go inside. Take a look and step back in time...................

There were numerous large framed photographs in the side foyer at the back of the church, showing all the architect's drawings for the building.....absolutely fascinating!!!!!

I took a shot of an old framed photo of the church, the quality isn't great but I have to share.....................

We had a beautiful weekend, saw lots of fascinating sights and took lots 
of photos........we'll be back!!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

This past weekend, we enjoyed visiting a spectacular area of our province........the Bonavista peninsula!  We rented  a beautiful ocean-view cottage in Bonavista for Saturday night, and hiked the area of the famous Cape Bonavista lighthouse on Sunday.  Take a look at the lighthouse from where we hiked.............

I was fascinated by the fence around the small outbuilding just down the hill from the lighthouse--here's a closer look..........

 A little research revealed that this type of fence is a traditional Newfoundland windbreak made of vertically woven whips or saplings, aka 'Riddled' Fence or 'Rigglin' Fence. The Dictionary of Newfoundland gives a good description--click here to read it.  Isn't it fabulous!!??

This is a provincial historic site, with a very nice interpretive area and a statue of John Cabot......

As we continued on our hike,we were totally drawn to this hilltop where visitors have left literally thousands of Inukshuks.  What a beautiful feeling to stand among them----Have a look...................

 This is hubby's contribution.........

Hope you all had a great weekend, and have an even greater week!!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sealer's Memorial in Elliston

We have been wanting to go visit the Sealer's Memorial in Elliston for awhile now, and finally this weekend, we decided to make the trek.  Elliston is about a 2 hour drive from where we live.  It is located on the Bonavista peninsula, and what beautiful rugged scenery in that part of our province.                                         

The memorial, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, is breathtaking.  As I was reading the names of all the men who died, I was struck by the fact that entire families were wiped out, father sons, brothers.

 This photo shows the age of the young stowaway who died in this
terrible tragedy.....14 years old.  

Click here to read one of the stories about the many tragedies of the sealing industry of the province. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Homemade Dill Pickles

We get our fresh cucumbers every year from good friends, Dennis & Janice.  This year, they had a bumper crop, and those cucumbers are so sweet and crunchy----Yummy!!!

I made a batch of dill pickles this past week and I was really pleased with the result.  Click here for the link with the recipe I used.  I trimmed the seed section out before placing cucunbers in the jars.  I did that because that section tends to become really soft, and we like a really crunchy dill pickle.  You can certainly alter this recipe to your own taste, depending on how many cucumber you have.  I also eliminated the garlic completely.  Have a look at how mine turned out........

If you like dill pickles, I highly recommend this recipe----



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cabbage Rolls

Isn't it funny how the weather plays such a big role in the type of food we like to cook and eat!.  Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I am starting to think about comfort foods like stews, chowders, and of course----Cabbage Rolls.  This week I made a big batch of them.  These freeze well and I always like to have the freezer stocked with some things that I can pull out in the morning and by suppertime, all I have to do is toss up a salad, and Voila--- we have a a great supper!  Here's the recipe and a few snaps of how mine turned out................

Cabbage Rolls

12 cabbage leaves

1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk

1 cans (8 ounces ) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well.
For filling, combine ground beef, rice, onion, egg, and salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well and divide into 12 portions. Place a portion into the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll leaf around filling, burrito style. Fasten the rolls with toothpicks. Place in a baking dish or Dutch oven.

For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water; pour over the cabbage rolls. Cover and bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 1 hour. Remove rolls with slotted spoon and discard toothpicks. Place pan with juices over medium heat or transfer the juices to a saucepan and place over medium heat; stir cornstarch and water mixture into the sauce; bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Serve the cabbage rolls with the sauce.

These are delicious, and quite easy to make.