About the Moose Curry Experience

When life gives you dandelions, make dandelion-infused vodka.

This blog has some simple guiding principles:
  • Eat real food.  Eat food in a variety of colours, use a variety of ingredients, including a wide variety of herbs and spices.  Cast your net wide and balanced nutrition will be the default.  You won't have to make an extra effort for the newfangled superfood benefits.
  • Make it yourself.  Seventy-six bazillion studies confirm that the greatest harm to your health is relying on pre-packaged, corn-derivative soaked and encrusted, over-processed, sodium-laden, covert-sugar-delivery-system convenience foods.  So cook from scratch, no matter how basic, it will be better for you than the machined stuff.
  • Find food.  Plant a garden, or herbs on your windowsill.  Go for a walk outside and collect edibles from whatever wilds or wild-like area is accessible to you. Learn to hunt and/or fish, or be so charming that your neighbours will give you wild-shot or wild-caught foods.  Find some local producers and buy their hand-raised and hand-made products.
  • Adapt, adapt, adapt.  Use what you have to make what you want.  Don't be discouraged by not being able to find the exact ingredients in a recipe; substitute or re-invent.  Sometimes it will go horribly wrong, but learn from that and move forward.
  • Don't take yourself too seriously.  Some things are not actually worth making from scratch more than once (seven tries and three broken thermometers later, turkish delight comes to mind).  Sometimes it's impossible to find everything you need in both organic and local (we will never be able to grow coffee or cocoa in Newfoundland).  So don't beat yourself up when you compromise, it's okay.
  • Recipes come first.  We hate scrolling through pages and pages of text to try and find the recipe we're looking for.  And yeah, sometimes we go back and read the commentary, but only if the recipe looks good.  So this is the promise: we'll give you some commentary, because we have a lot to say about a lot of things, but it will always be after the recipe.

Yes, actual moose curry... slow-cooked west-indian curry, but with moose
 because, well, we wanted roti and that's what we had.

We moved from Toronto to Newfoundland more than 10 years ago.  There are a lot of advantages to living in Newfoundland:  oceanfront property is affordable, you can paint your house any colour you want, it never gets too hot in the summer, and if you heat up leftover fish in the shared staff microwave for lunch - not one of your coworkers will complain.  The surprising advantage of living in Newfoundland is that it forced us to learn to cook.  I mean, we could cook before we lived here, but not with the same sense of accomplishment.  And not with the same skills:  we could no longer order thai food delivery at 2:30 a.m. just because we had a craving for it.  We couldn't get thai food at all, actually, a decade ago... if we wanted it (or any number of other specific foods we were accustomed to having at our fingertips), we had to learn to make it.  

The climate of Newfoundland, the isolation (and let's face it, the food traditions here) also meant we often couldn't even find the ingredients we needed to cook the way we knew how.  Writing a shopping list and finding the things on it in your local store was a luxury of mainlanders.  Cumin seeds were a luxury of mainlanders.    

So we had to embrace uncertainty, to adapt what was available to our whims and desires.  In doing so, we also gained an appreciation of the unique foods of this place: the moose your neighbour gives you after a successful hunt, smoked capelin, salt cod, the abundance of wild berries, turnip greens, peas pudding... (okay, maybe not everyone loves peas pudding)... and we learned to make it up and make it work.

Don't get us wrong.  Newfoundland has not escaped the locally-sourced, organically-grown, victory-garden revolutions of the food industry.  But it's difficult here.  Short growing seasons, limited variety of local products, unreliable delivery of food from away, english cucumbers that cost $3 EACH in the winter, and they're squishy on both ends.  So we compromise, we do the best we can.  

Most importantly, we enjoy food.  We like to eat, we like to cook, we like to talk about what to cook... we like to grocery shop, to garden, to pick berries.  And since we ran out of other outlets, now we blog about food.  

~ Fefe Noir and caribougrrl

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  1. This is a wonderful blog! So glad to have discovered it, thanks for following us on twitter. I think The Moose Curry Experience and Root Cellars Rock are going to be good friends. :)

  2. Aw shucks Root Cellars you've made me blush. We've been following you on the facebook for a while and are all always interested in what your up to.

  3. Was intrigued by your spin on traditional pea soup. Love the blog ! (transplanted Newfoundlander here)

    1. Thank you! If you give it a try, let us know what you think. :)

  4. Would love you to join The Canadian Food Experience Project. Have you heard of it? Have no one participating from NFLD, but, do have a gal who is writing about her life there - as she does hail from Newfoundland - so interesting. All information about this is on my site, top menu bar, under projects. Also, am very excited to be visiting the Maritimes in May for the Slow Food National conference - then spending 3 weeks there - 8-10 days touring Newfoundland. Hardly know where to start.

    1. Thanks for visiting us! The Canadian Food Experience Project is a really great initiative; it's great to see. We have been a bit shy of the commitment involved but will have another look and get in touch.

      Sounds like your visit will put you in Nfld late May/ early June? That's about the right time for capelin. :) Tends to be a good time of year for iceberg spotting too. Drop us a line if you need any sugggestions for must-see or must-eat planning.

  5. Your blog is great!

    I'm also a Newfoundlander by Choice (https://www.facebook.com/NewfoundlandersByChoice) and am enjoying creating new food delights with the available foraged/hunted/fished food :)

    1. Thank you, Orla. The blog is a bit of a love letter to Newfoundland, so it's nice to know others who know the place enjoy it.


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