Cask & Barrel

Norman Hardie Cuvée de Roche 2014

Feb
27

This is probably my favourite style of Chardonnay, bursting with super bright lemon aromas and flavours. There is very minimal oak character, instead lots of fresh, tart acid to finish. One of the few oaked Chardonnays I would sip on its own without food. (4/5)

Norman Hardie Cuvée de Roche 2014, Ontario CANADA

$35.00/750 ml, Chardonnay

Baking Powder Biscuits

Feb
24

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 3 teaspoons
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Shortening, 4 tablespoons
Milk, about 3/4 cup

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder and salt; sift again.

Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or two knives, blending it until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal.

Stirring in with fork, add enough milk to make soft dough, or until flour leaves sides of bowl and follows fork; continue stirring until all flour disappears.

Turn out on board; knead lightly for about 1/2 minute. Turn smooth side up and pat dough or roll 1/2 inch thick; cut with floured biscuit cutter.

Transfer biscuits to an ungreased baking sheet; place 1 inch apart if crusty biscuits are desired, or close together for softer biscuits with less crust.

Bake in a hot oven (425 F.) 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 14 to 16 2-inch biscuits.

Cheese Biscuits: Cut in 1 cup grated cheese with the shortening and proceed as directed. Or prepare plain biscuit dough, roll into balls 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place in small muffin pans; dot with butter and sprinkle with grated cheese; bake as directed.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Treasure at Glenora

Feb
22

North Marysburgh

At Glenora there is a cave some 50 feet from the top, which can only be reached by a narrow path along the face of the cliff. During the Seven Years War, a French admiral watched from the cave while the British and French fleets fought one of the last marine battles of the war. Fearing defeat, the admiral hid all his treasure in an adjoining room-sized cave and sealed the small entrance to it. No record can be found of the admiral ever returning to claim it, and his treasure still waits somewhere high up on the cliff.

 


Source: Kellough, Janet. The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County. Picton, Ont.: Kellough Productions, 1994.

Angel’s Gate Pinot Gris 2015

Feb
20

This wine saw some neutral oak barrels, giving it a pretty golden straw colour. I love the complexity of the nose, with beautiful notes of honey, mushroom, and stewed apple. The palate doesn’t live up to the aromas, and there isn’t enough flavour to balance out the dry, slightly tannic mouthfeel. (3.5/5)

Angel’s Gate Pinot Gris 2015, Ontario CANADA

$14.95/750 ml, 13.5% ABV, Pinot Gris

English Muffins

Feb
17

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Milk, 1 cup
Shortening, 3 tablespoons
Salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons
Sugar, 3 tablespoons
Yeast, 1 package
Water, warm, 1/4 cup
Egg, beaten, 1
Enriched flour, sifted, 4 1/4 cups

Bring milk to a boil. Add shortening, salt, and sugar; cool to lukewarm.

Sprinkle yeast over warm water. After 5 minutes, stir and combine with cooled milk mixture; add the beaten egg and 2 cups of the flour; mix thoroughly.

Turn out on well-floured board; knead in remaining flour; continue kneading about 12 to 15 minutes or until firm and elastic.

Place dough in warm greased bowl; brush very lightly with melted fat; cover and let rise about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Turn out on board; roll 1/4 inch thick; cut with large cutter into 3-inch rounds; cover and let rise on board about 1/2 to 3/4 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Bake slowly on an ungreased griddle or heavy skillet. The heat should be so regulated that the muffins will brown slowly, allowing 7 to 8 minutes for each side. If baked in muffin rings the browning will be more even, but very satisfactory muffins can be baked without use of rings. Makes about 1 dozen 4-inch muffins.


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Lake on the Mountain

Feb
15

North Marysburgh


Lake on the Mountain is one of the most famous, and most mysterious places in Prince Edward County. Lying 190 feet above the level of the Bay of Quinte, it has no visible source of water supply, but maintains a constant level and even has an overflow down over the cliff to the Bay below.

It was known as Okenoga, “Lake of the Gods” to the Hurons, and they offered gifts to the three sisters who lived in the bottomless lake. Another native legend says the lake had once been a smoking mountain, with a passage to the centre of the earth. Many early white settlers believed it was a volcano crater and would become alarmed whenever the waters of the lake became warmer than normal.

A local legend tells the story of the daughter of an Indian chief, who was very beautiful. Anxious to cement an alliance with a neighbouring tribe, the chief ordered his daughter to marry one of their warriors, Annosothka, who was very powerful. But the girl was in love with Gowanda, a brave from her own tribe. Gowanda was ambushed by a hostile tribe while on a hunting trip and was taken hostage. The Indian maiden waited and waited, but eventually gave up hope and agreed to marry Annosothka. The chief prepared a great feast and lit a huge ceremonial fire to celebrate the event. As the girl sat in front of the fire, a snake slithered towards her, prepared to strike. Suddenly, out of the woods, leapt a young brave who killed the snake with a knife, saving her life. It was Gowanda, who had escaped from his captors and found his way home, guided by the light of the ceremonial wedding fire. The girl then informed her father and her fiance of her love for Gowanda. Dejected, Annosothka accepted her decision. He then plunged into the icy waters of Lake on the Mountain, never to be seen again. On a still night, if one listens carefully, Annosothka’s call to his betrothed can still be heard.

Many people believe that the bottom of the lake has a subterranean passage to Lake Erie, which is at the same altitude, but scientists claim it is fed by an underground spring. Whatever the explanation, it is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the County.

 


Source: Kellough, Janet. The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County. Picton, Ont.: Kellough Productions, 1994.

Collective Arts State of Mind Session IPA

Feb
13

Session IPAs are my favourite style of beer; I love the big hop flavour and the low alcohol content. This one is a little heavy on the bitterness, which would be fine for a regular IPA but takes away from the sessionable quality of this beer. (4/5)

Collective Arts State of Mind Session IPA, CANADA 

4.4% ABV

Deviled Eggs

Feb
10

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Eggs, hard-cooked, 6
Vinegar or pickle juice, 1 teaspoon
Dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon
Mayonnaise, about 4 tablespoons

Carefully cut eggs into halves lengthwise and remove yolks.

Mash yolks or force through a sieve. Add vinegar, seasonings and enough mayonnaise to moisten.

Pile yolk mixture in the halves of egg white; sprinkle with paprika.


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

The Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy

Feb
08

Eagle Hill, located in the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), is said to be the birthplace of Tekanawita, the Peacemaker who brought the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca Nations together under the Great Law of Peace in the 12th Century to form the Five Nations Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee). In 1722, the Tuscaroras were adopted into the Confederacy and the Iroquois became known as the Six Nations Confederacy.

The Great Law of Peace provides the guidelines for a political, social, and spiritual order for Haudenosaunee and its peoples. When the countries of Canada and the United States were being formed and their governments created, the founding fathers found inspiration in the Great Peace. The based the concepts of representational government and the division of governing bodies on the Iroquois system.

To symbolize the Great Peace and the unity of the Confederacy, the Peacemaker chose a tall white pine. The tree had long branches to cover the nations of the Confederacy, and long roots to reach out to other nations that would hear the laws of the Great Peace and want to follow them as well. Under the tree all the weapons of war would be buried, never again to be used by the nations of the confederacy to do battle against each other. On top of the tree sat an eagle, which would act as a guardian to the Great Peace, watching for anything that might be a threat.

The Peacemaker created a new clan system with nine clans that would be found across the Confederacy: Turtle, Bear, Wolf, Heron, Hawk, Snipe, Beaver, Deer and Eel. In this way, the Peacemaker reasoned, members of the same clan would develop familial ties, regardless of which nation they were from. Clans within the Mohawk nation are the Bear, Turtle and Wolf.

Mohawks are the “People of the Flint” within the Haudenosaunee.  The Mohawk Nation (Kahniakehaka) are considered the easternmost Nation within the Haudenosaunee and as such are referred to as the Keepers of Eastern Door.  Members of the Mohawk Nation include Kahnawake, Kanesatake, Akwesasne, Tyendinaga, Ganienkeh, Kanatsiohareke, the Kahniakehaka of Ohsweken, and Wahta.

 


“Culture.” Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. <mbq-tmt.org/community/culture>.

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016

Feb
06

A purple hue and concord grape aroma announce the juicy, jam flavour of this Baco Noir. The tightly wound acidity and concentrated flavours make for a wine that drinks like a mouthful of fresh berries. The most refreshing Baco Noir you will ever taste, with a here-and-gone finish that’s perfect for non-red drinkers to ease into the style. (4/5)

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016, Ontario CANADA

$25.00/750 ml, 11.2% ABV, Baco Noir