Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Normaway Inn in The Beautiful Margaree Valley the Perfect Location For Great Traditional Music, Great Food, Great Service and Great Accommodations
















Check out the Barn at the Normaway Inn at 691 Egypt Road, in the Margaree Valley for great entertainment and great service and comfortable accommodations. The tentative weekday schedule of traditional music by the fireside in the Normaway living room is as follows: Sunday, Hailee LeFort  Fiddler, Monday, Louis Arsenault folk singer and guitarist, Tuesday, Lisa Cameron singer and guitarist, Wednesday, Louis Arsenault and Thursday, Rachel Davis with her fiddle.
Special appearance in the living room on Saturday, September 28th will be Chrissy Crowley fiddler and recording artist. Free admission for both overnight and dinner guests, free will donations are welcome.
And on Friday stay tuned for the performers for the Concert-Ceilidh at the Barn. Concert time 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and for students under 19 $4.00 Reserved tickets are available as well at $1o.oo, $15.00 or $20.00 for more information call 1-800-565-9463.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Magicial Season of Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you have been looking for one of the sought after Elf on A Shelf creations I maybe able to help you out!



I love Christmas and all the holiday traditions that goes with it. I love the story of the elf on the Shelf in case you have not hear about the Elf on The Shelf below you will find some background information on what the elf is all about.












The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition


The poetic story dictates that the elf's main priority around the family's household is to keep watch over the children's behavior during the day and return to the North Pole overnight to report their behavior to Santa Claus, detailing any acts of obedience or misdeeds performed by a child during that particular day, returning home by the following morning. Starting from the day following Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the elf remains with its family to ensure that they behave properly throughout the holidays. However, the top policy regarding the Elf on the Shelf is to refrain from touching the creature, as doing so could permanently erase any Christmas magic with which the elf had been bestowed upon being named by the family. It is no longer capable of fulfilling its duties of recounting the events of the day to Santa Claus, cautioning that he may or may not learn about a child's behavior should the Elf on the Shelf be stripped of its holiday enchantment. Every day, the elf's position changes, providing the family with the responsibility of locating its current perch before its departure for the year on Christmas Eve.

These very sought after elfs are not always easy to come by, so if you are looking to find a location where you can get your child his or her very own elf on the shelf, I am happy to be able to relay the information that Glad Tidings the Christmas Shoppe in St. Peter's has just received a shipment  in.
 
"THE ELF ON THE SHELF" has arrived in stock today!!!!!! Along with the Elf Kit with boy or Girl Elf they also have a sweater for the boy a skirt and a tutu for the girl elf.
New this year is a kit with a child,s cooks hat and apron and one for the elf also DVD with the elf story. Shop early while quantities last

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Blue Berries Are Such A Healty Fruit For You, And This Dessert Is Excellent Served With A Glass Of Milk Or Cup Of Tea



****Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake****

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Crumble topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen, but do not thaw!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing together with a fork until crumbly; set aside. In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream together the remaining butter and sugar. Blend in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the flour mixture and cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour). Fold in the blueberries. (The dough is quite stiff, so be patient as you’re folding in the berries! Don’t mush them up!)

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crumble topping. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool, and cut into 9 large squares.

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Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

Crumble topping:...
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen, but do not thaw!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing together with a fork until crumbly; set aside. In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream together the remaining butter and sugar. Blend in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the flour mixture and cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour). Fold in the blueberries. (The dough is quite stiff, so be patient as you’re folding in the berries! Don’t mush them up!)

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crumble topping. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool, and cut into 9 large squares.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Count Down Is On-The Celtic Colours International Music Festival Starts in 16 Days!




The Celtic Colours International Festival is just 16 days away. The Festival will begin in Port Hawkesbury a the evening of October 11th, with the concert "North Atlantic Neighbours". The Barra MacNeils will welcome local entertainers as well as neighbouring entertainers from Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Shetland to the stage. It should be an excellent concert. It is also the launch the first of the St. Peter's Kitchen Rackets which will offer a nightly venue throughout the festival where visitors and locals alike can come after the concert and continue to enjoy the Celtic experience with music and song. 

Below is a list of concerts and the ticket availability as off September 25th.


Event Availability Date Time

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
North Atlantic Neighbours in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre- Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 - Time: 11:00 AM   
Acadian Celtic Crossroads in the Étoile De L'Acadie – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Time: 2:00 PM
Highlands and Islands in the St. Matthew's United Church – Tickets - Very Limited  

Saturday Oct 12, 2013 - Time: 5:00 PM
A Dinner of Wishes in the Sydney Armouries Victoria Park – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Kelly's Dream in the Boularderie School – Tickets - Sold Out

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 Time: 7:30 PM
Taste of the Festival in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
Tee and Tunes in the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Center – Tickets - Very Limited
 
Sunday Oct 13 2013 2:00 PM 

The Boys and Their Ballads in the Gaelic College – Tickets -  Sold Out
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM   

Step Into the Past in the Fortress Louisbourg Chapel – Tickets - Sold Out  
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Celtic Cabaret in the Membertou Trade & Convention Center – Tickets - Good
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Gaelic in the Fiddle in the Boisdale Fire Hall – Tickets - Very Limited
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Tunes for the Mira in the Marion Bridge Recreation Centre – Tickets - Good
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM   

Whycocomagh Gathering in the Whycocomagh Education Centre – Tickets - Good
Monday Oct 14 2013 2:00 PM   
Comhla Cruinn in the Christmas Island Fire Hall – Tickets - Sold Out  

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM
Celtic Cabaret Too in the Membertou Trade & Convention Center – Tickets - Very Limited

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM    
Dry Bones in D'Escousse in the D'Escousse Civic Improvement Hall – Tickets - Good

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM
Far Flung Fiddles in the Judique Community Centre - Limited

Monday, Oct 14, 2013,Time: 7:30 PM  
North and South in the North River Community Hall – Tickets - Good

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM   
Playing for Keeps in the St. Matthew-Wesley United Church – Tickets - Very Limited

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
A Touch of the Irish in the Riverdale Community Centre – Tickets - Very Limited

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM    
Cow Bay Ceilidh in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 055 – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, Oct 15,  2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Dance Dance Wherever You May Be in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Limited

Tuesday, Oct 15 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
Dynamic Duos in the Our Lady of Fatima Church – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM
Orangedale Whistle in the Orangedale United Church - Tickets – Limited  

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
The Acadian Connection in the Place Des Arts – Cheticamp – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM
Ceilidh on the Canal in the St. Peter's Lions Club – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
For Alex Francis in the St. Mary's Parish Hall- Tickets - Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Heart and Soul in the Sydney River Protestant Church – Tickets -  

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
Louisbourg Crossroads in the Louisbourg Playhouse – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
String Crossings in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Good

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  - Time: 7:30 PM   
Tunes for Scotty in the North Highlands Elementary School – Tickets - Limited

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  5:30 PM
Music of the Night in the Fortress of Louisbourg – Tickets - Sold Out  

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  7:30 PM
Friends and Fiddles in the Greenwood United Church – Tickets - Sold Out     

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time 7:30 PM
Guitar Summit in the Judique Community Centre – Tickets - Sold Out

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  7:30 PM
Living Traditions in the Cape Breton Highlands Academy – Tickets - Good

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM 
Mother Tongue in the Highland Village Church – Tickets - Good

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 – Time - 7:30 PM
The Hills Are Alive in the St. Peter's Parish, Ingonish – Tickets - Good  

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
Beyond Borders & Time in the Savoy Theatre – Tickets - Very Limited

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Deep in the Heart in the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church – Tickets - Limited

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM  
In Good Company in the Inverness Academy - Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time:  7:30 PM    
Nordic Links in the Big Pond Community Firehall - Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Strings and Things in the L'Ardoise Community Centre – Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time:  9:00 PM 
Celtic Pub in the Baddeck Community Centre – Tickets - Sold Out

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time: 2:00 PM   
Dancing Up a Suete in the Place Des Arts – Cheticamp – Tickets - Good

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  2:00 PM   
Generations  in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Good Saturday Oct 19 2013 2:00 PM

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  2:00 PM
Pipers' Ceilidh in the Gaelic College - Tickets - Very Limited  

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  7:30 PM    
Forty Years Strong in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Kitchen Rackets Celegrates 6 years of Celtic Colours Connection as They Provide Great Entertainment and Learning Opportunities During International Music Festival




Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013

 

All the info about our Celtic Colours Kitchen Rackets is on this page!




This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.
 
Nightly Jam Sessions
From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Kitchen Rackets Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. The sessions begin after the Celtic Colours concerts, and usually get underway by 10:15 pm. This is a great opportunity for visiting musicians to join in with our local players and singers.

Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players and singers joining the jam is free. Open to 19 yrs and older only, please.

Each jam session is hosted by different players from St. Peter's and around the island. Our line-up this year includes musical hosts of all ages, featuring traditional and original Cape Breton music. Hosts will kick off their jam with a brief introductory performance and chat.

Kitchen Rackets Jam Hosts for Celtic Colours 2013
Fri. Oct. 11: Robert (SqueezyBob) Woodley and Tim LaBorie
Sat. Oct. 12: Leona Burkey with Allie Mombourquette, Rosie Bona & Jaidon Seymour
Sun. Oct. 13: Myles Davidson with Ross Ferguson, Ed Madden & Janine Mombourquette
Mon. Oct. 14: Bernie Landry et amis
Tues. Oct. 15: Hank Middleton & family
Wed. Oct. 16: Diasporado Band with Fork & Spoon
Thurs. Oct. 17: Bill Quimby
Fri. Oct. 18: Laurenn Marchand
 
Weekday Workshops
From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, and a square dance workshop at the St. Peter's United Church Hall.


Workshop descriptions are listed below.

Please contact the individual workshop leaders for advance registration or more detailed information on each workshop. All contact info appears in the descriptions below.
Roddie's Square Dance Society
Square dance lesson and session
Monday: 1:30 - 4pm
Join a gang of our regular dancers for some traditional sets and steps. Energetic dance tunes by live local players with an experienced caller. Come at 1:30 to learn the steps or get a refresher - then stay on for the dance. Novices welcome. Observers welcome. $10 at the door For more info please email Reg Landry at rslandry@hotmail.com  or call (902) 535-2903.
Dwayne Côté
Fiddle from Scratch
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm
Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played one before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.

Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Further your Celtic fiddle skills. This class is tailored for beginner to intermediate players and will focus on Cape Breton fiddle techniques and tunes.

Advanced Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm

An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the artform.

Celtic Guitar Chording
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm
Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.

Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:
anna-lisawhite@hotmail.com
 
Roger Stone
Scruggs and Clawhammer Banjo
Tues: 1 - 2 pm

This course will look at Scruggs or “Bluegrass”’ Banjo, as well as the mountain or Clawhammer style. Participants will learn methods of playing as well as proper set up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.

Singing 101
Tues: 3-4 pm

This workshop will provide insights and instruction into proper breathing and vocal techniques, an intro to reading music, including intervals, scales and harmony. Learn how to hear yourself sing! This workshop will benefit new singers, as well as veterans looking for a refresher, or some new practice techniques.

Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info from Roger directly by email at: bretunes@hotmail.com
 
Paul Davis
Beginner Tin Whistle
Mon and/or Wed: 2 - 3 pm
Paul Davis instructs this workshop that includes an introduction and brief history, basic scales, and music suitable for whistles. Paul will provide a list of relevant resources, websites, etc. and will give participants a CD of demo tunes at regular speed and slowed down to an easy pace. Maximum 15 participants, so be sure to book your spot.

Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info: pdwhistle@gmail.com

 
Johannes Sturm
Luthier's workshop
Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm
Local professional luthier Johannes Sturm will tailor this workshop based on participants’ interests, discussing violin making and repair; and maintenance including evaluation and minor adjustments to most stringed instruments. The workshop will be of interest to all stringed instrument owners and players. Bring your instrument!

This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat: aims@ns.sympatico.ca

 
J.P. Cormier
Guitar Workshop
Friday: 2 - 3:30 pm
A 90 minute journey through the musical mind and repertoire of J.P. Cormier. The maestro will discuss, demonstrate and perform from all styles of guitar, including flat
picking and fingerstyle, and through the various genres of each style. History of the music and instrument will also be discussed.

This class is $35 per person. Contact Greg Silver to reserve your seat: info@kitchenrackets.org

 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Don't Miss An Excellent Variety of Celtic Music as The Cape Breton Gaelic Society Presents an Evening of Celtic Music on September 24th, at 7:30pm




 
 
The Cape Breton Gaelic Society
 
 
  
Tuesday September 24th at 7:30pm

Presents

an Evening of Celtic Music

Cape Breton Style Fiddling

Gaelic Singing-Highland Piping & More.

Dawn & Margie Beaton Fiddlers Winners at the East Coast Music Awards

Yvon Le Fort - Fiddle * Courtney MacPherson - Piper Susan MacLean - Piano

Chris MacDonald - Guitar & Vocals

Morag Burke - Gaelic Singer and MC

Jo Anne Rolls - Vocals Winner CBC Songwriting Contest

At St. Georges Church, Built in 1785

119 Charlotte Street, Sydney

Tickets $10 Available at the Door

Doors Open at 7pm. Under 16 years of age –Free

All proceeds to go to Gaelic Language courses and Scholarships.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

My cousin shared this recipe with me for Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake, I can hardly wait to try it. Sure sounds yummy!

 
 
 
Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Ingredients:
Graham Cracker Crust
1/2 cup butter, melted...
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs

Cheesecake
2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

Orange Creamsicle Layer
1 - 3 oz box orange flavored gelatin
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 - 8 oz container of whipped topping such as Cool Whip


Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 325°.
In a mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Stir until combined. Pat into a 9" springform pan. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time then beat in sour cream. Pour the filling into the crust.
Bake for 40 minutes. Turn of the oven and crack the oven door for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Once cooled mix the creamsicle layer by stirring the gelatin with the boiling water until it dissolves. Then gently whisk in the whipped topping until it's completely combined. Pour over the cheesecake. Set on a plate or dish in case of dripping and place in the freezer for an hour. Remove from the freezer and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I suggest chilling it over night.
When ready to serve use a sharp knife and run it around the pan to separate the gelatin layer from the side. Unhinge the pan and gently lift from the cheesecake.

Notes

This cheesecake is best made the day before but can be made the day of as long as you plan accordingly and chill it for at least 2 hours.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Try This Pumpkin Pie Recipe with a Twist For Your Thanksgiving Dessert.




 
 
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (9 inch) prepared pie crust (or Graham cracker crust, whichever you prefer)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
 




Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
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Blueberry Flax Gingerbread - A Great Way To Keep Healthy.

 



 

 

 










Blueberry flax gingerbread

  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (half whole grain half white works well)
  • ¼  cup ground flaxseed
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 cup blueberries
Directions:
  1. Grease an 8” round or square cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper
  2. Mix soda and molasses.
  3. In a medium bowl cream butter and sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and molasses mixture.
  4. Combine remaining dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with the milk.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Spread in prepared pan and bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Normaway Inn in the Margaree Valley Offers Visitors An Excellent Entertainment Experience.

Looking for great entertainment while travelling around the Cabot Trail, the Normaway Inn at 691 Egypt Road, in the Margaree Valley offers you just that. Check out the poster below for the incredible line up of entertainment being offered on both Friday and Saturday evening. You will not want to miss these excellent performances, so stop in at the Barn for an excellent entertainment experience.

Don't Miss Leona Burkey and Chloe Albert In Concert.

 
Popular Richmond County Native Leona Burkey Performs with Chloe Albert for 2 shows in Richmond County and 1 in Halifax. The 1st show will be on September 26th at The Loft in Rockdale at 7pm with the 2nd show taking place at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's on Friday September 27th at 8pm. These two very talented young ladies have been friends since performing a few years ago out West and have come together again to promote Albert's second album "Dream Catcher" and Burkey's debut recording "The Margaret Marie EP". Don't miss the opportunity to take in these two excellent performances. The performers will be joined by special guest Wendy Owens Abbot at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn on Friday to see a few of her songs including "The Storm"
 
 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Strawberry Pie Cape Breton Style.



There is nothing that I like better during the summer that fresh strawberries, served up in a bowl with whipped cream or made into strawberry shortcake. But this recipe was just given to my husband and I had to try it. It is delicious, so I want to pass it along to you and I have to thank Lori for passing the recipe on to us.

 

 
 
Strawberry Pie


3 Tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water 3 oz box strawberry Jell-O

2 cups sliced strawberries Pre-bake a 10" pie shell


Line bottom of pie shell with the sliced strawberries. Combine cornstarch, sugar and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add the Jell-O and stir until dissolved. Pour over the strawberries and refrigerate until set. Serve with whipped cream.

 

 







Baddeck Lobster Suppers Restaurant hosts Lobster for Luv Haiti Benefit Dinner Tonight, September 17th. Hope to see you there.

 
Baddeck Lobster Supper Restaurant in Baddeck, Cape Breton

 
Such a worthy cause. Hope to see you at Baddeck Lobster Suppers on September 17th. Call for tickets. 902-295-3307
 
 
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The Baddeck Lobster Supper Restaurant continues to get rave reviews from visitors travelling around the Cabot Trail. If travelling around the Trail  make sure to stop in Baddeck and check out the excellent choices on their menu. Restaurant hours and menu listed below.

 
Dinner: 4 - 9 pm
Lobster $32.95
Planked Salmon
$29.95
Grilled Steak
$29.95

lobster supper graphic here
Open June to October
Dinner: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bus Tours Welcomed (by Reservation Only)
The restaurant seats approximately 100 persons with deck dining
Telephone: 902-295-3307
MasterCard, Visa, L , N/S, C/M / Interac
We hope you enjoy your visit!

Please email us with large group functions or special requests!
info@baddecklobstersuppers.ca

 
 
 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Serve Apple Blossoms at Your Next Family Gathering For A Delicious Dessert


Apple Blossoms
This is a pretty simple dessert which is ideal for sharing. This dessert is great for when you want to prepare it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven at the last minute and be able to serve it hot from the oven for your guests, and gives you more time to chat with your guests.

Apple Blossoms

Pastry:

2 ¼ cups flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

½ tsp salt

1 cup shortening or butter (Very cold and cut in cubes)

6 tbsp ice water

Pulse the cold butter or shortening into the flour sugar and salt using a food processor until the shortening or butter is reduced to pea sized pieces. Sprinkle the water over the surface and toss with a fork until the water is just incorporated into the dough. Do not over work the dough; handle it only enough so that the dough stays together. Separate the dough into 4 balls and roll out into 4 thin circles. Place in the fridge to chill well.

Mix together
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Peel and core 4 large apples and stuff them with with the sugar and spice mixture and top each apple with 1 tsp butter.

Work with cold pastry here. Place each apple in the center of a pastry round and bring the edges of the pastry up over the apple to completely enclose it. Cut out a leaf or other shape from dough trimmings for decoration if you like for the top of the pastry and brush the whole pastry with an egg wash and  sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and cup of coffee or glass of milk for the kiddies.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Blue Berry Grunt - Cape Breton Style - Great Served With A Cup of Tea or Coffee




 
 
Blue Berry Grunt – Cape Breton Style

 
 
 

Recipe makes 6 servings         

Ingredients
3 cups fresh blueberries                                                   
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Arrange the blueberries in the bottom of a casserole dish; sprinkle 1 cup sugar over the blueberries.

3. Cream together the shortening, 1/2 cup sugar, and egg. Add the milk, flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until evenly combined. Drop by spoonful on top of the blueberries.

4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Serve with a dab of fresh whipped cream on top and enjoy.

Friday, 13 September 2013

The MacDonald Country Inn Gears Up For a Busy Fall Season!!!



Ockoberfest come to the MacDonald Country Inn
The MacDonald Country Inn in St. Peter's is gearing up for a busy fall season with the 2nd Annual Okoberfest taking place the last weekend of September. The Inn will be offering some tasty Traditional Germany dishes on it's menu. What a perfect way for the Inn to start the month of October and leading up to the Celtic Colours International Music Festival. Call 1-902-535-2997 for more information.















Pete Luckett

 


On October 19th, Pete Luckett of Pete's Frootique and the Luckett Vinery will be on hand at the Inn to do a presentation on how he got started with his vinery and to launch the Inn 5 Course Dining Experience and Wine Tasting. The Inn will be serving wines from Pete's Vinery to complement each of the delicious courses. The tickets are $75.00 per person plus taxes and are on sale at the MacDonald Country Inn or by calling 1-902-535-2997.

The Normaway Inn located in the Beautiful Margaree Valley Offers 3 Fiddler Concerts on Friday Night and Weekly Entertainment in Their Dining Room

The Barn located at the Normaway Inn  















The Normaway Inn is an excellent location to take in some of the finest local talent on the Cabot Trail. Kyle Gillis, Dawn MacDonald, Helen MacDonald and Scott MacKenzie take to the stage at the Barn at the Normaway Inn in the Margaree Valley this evening, Friday September 13th. During the week, guests at the Normaway Inn can enjoy an excellent variety of local entertainment offered in the Normaway's Living Room. The Normaway Inn also an excellent Restaurant.

While travelling around the Cabot Trail make sure to stop in at the Normaway and enjoy their Cape Breton hospitality.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Lobster Roll-One Off The Most Sought After Food Items By Visitors To Cape Breton Island.

 









Lobster Roll

2 cupslobster meat -cooked and deveined 1
½-¾ cupmayonnaise125-175 mL
2 tsplemon juice10 mL
3 tbspdiced celery45 mL
2 tbspminced onion (optional)25 mL
Chop lobster meat into bite size pieces. In a small mixing bowl combine mayonnaise with lemon juice, celery and onion. Add to lobster and mix well. Spread the lobster salad on your favorite bread, roll or croissant   Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

For Special Family Traditional Meals Such As Christmas or New Years or Just A Cosy Sunday Dinner for Friends Pork Pie Goes Great-Enjoy!!!


 
 










Pork Pie










Delicious Pork Pie

2 (9 inch) unbaked pie shells

2 pounds lean ground pork

1 pound lean ground beef

1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes

 salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 egg white

Directions
1.Brown ground beef and ground pork over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Drain off grease.

2.Mix together cooked meat, potatoes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
3.Line a 9 inch pie dish with pastry. Spoon pork mixture into pie crust, and top with second pie crust. Brush top crust with egg white. Shield crust edges with aluminum foil to prevent burning.

4.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove foil for final 15 minutes of baking to brown edges.

Looks Like Another Super Line Up for the 6th Year of The Kitchen Rackets Connection With the Celtic Colours International Music Festival


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013

This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.

Nightly Jam Sessions
From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. Sessions begin after the Celtic Colours Concerts, and usually get underway at or after 10:15 pm. Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players

Weekday Workshops
From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians all at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. Details as follows. Please contact the individual teachers for advance registration or more information:

Dwayne Côté - instructor
Fiddle from Scratch
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm
Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played on before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.

Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Further your Celtic fiddle skills. This class is tailored for beginner to intermediate players and will focus on Cape Breton fiddle techniques and tunes.

Advanced Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm
An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the art form.
Celtic Guitar Chording
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm
Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.
Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:

anna-lisawhite@hotmail.com

Roger Stone - instructor

Singing 101
Wednesday: 3 - 4 pm
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roger Stone presents a workshop that will benefit singers of all ages. Roger’s fresh approach to the basics covers proper breathing and vocal techniques, listening to your own voice, and an intro to reading music including intervals, scales and harmony.
Intro to Scruggs-style and Clawhammer Banjo
Wednesday: 1 - 2 pm
Roger Stone will introduce the two most common modes of banjo for beginners: the Scruggs (or Bluegrasss); and the Mountain (or Clawhammer) style. Students will learn methods of paying as well as proper set-up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.
Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:
bretunes@hotmail.com

Paul Davis - instructor

Beginner Tin Whistle
Mon and/or Wed: 2 - 3 pm
Paul Davis instructs this workshop that includes an introduction and brief history, basic scales, and music suitable for whistles. Paul will provide a list of relevant resources, websites, etc. and will give participants a CD of demo tunes at regular speed and slowed down to an easy pace. Maximum 15 participants, so be sure to book your spot.
Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info: pdwhistle@gmail.com

Johannes Sturm - instructor
Luthier's workshop

Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm
Local professional luthier Johannes Sturm will tailor this workshop based on participants’ interests, discussing violin making and repair; and maintenance including evaluation and minor adjustments to most stringed instruments. Bring your instrument!

This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat: aims@ns.sympatico.ca

 J.P. Cormier - instructor
Guitar Workshop
Friday: 2 - 3:30 pm
A 90 minute journey through the musical mind and repertoire of J.P. Cormier. The
maestro will discuss, demonstrate and perform from all styles of guitar, including flat
picking and finger style, and through the various genres of each style. History of the
music and instrument will also be discussed.

This class is $35 per person. Contact JP directly for further information or to reserve your seat: jpcormier38@gmail.com
For more information go to www.KitchenRackets.org

 

The Highland Village Scotch Music Series Continues on Sunday September 22nd- guests Danny Graham and Glen Graham

 
Scotch Music Series Continues at Highland Village 
 
The Highland Village Scotch Music Series celebrates the contribution of Nova Scotia Gaels to world fiddle music. The next event in the series will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 2 pm in the Tuning Room at the Highland Village in Iona.
 
This 2013 presentation is in memory of Alex Francis MacKay, Gaelic fiddle stylist of Kingsville Inverness County. This year’s presenters will be Danny Graham of Judique and his son Glen Graham, well-known fiddler and author of The Cape Breton fiddler. Father and son are nephew and grand- nephew of the late Alex Francis, an accomplished Gaelic-speaking musician who exemplified the island’s Scotch music tradition.
 
The presenters will recall house sessions of past years, discuss the Gaelic music of Cape Breton and play tunes representing the tradition as a unique fiddling style internationally.
 
This special event is included in the general admission to the Village. For more information call (902) 725-2272, or email highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca
 
For more information visit highlandvillage.ca or call 866-442-3542 (toll free).