On the West Coast of Newfoundland Tea-leaf Reading is known as “Tossing the Cup” or Tasseography, the art of reading tea leaves to tell the future.
It all starts with a pot of good steeped tea made with loose tea leaves. Usually the tea pot is given a stir or swirl prior to pouring into a white cup (it has to be a white cup or at least the interior must be white).
Now the ritual beings; the seeker (the person who drinks and requests his/her cup to be tossed) drinks the cup of tea, leaving only a small amount of liquid and tea leaves behind.
The reader now takes the cup with his/her left hand and turns the cup three times in a counter-clockwise direction. The seeker is then asked to turn the cup over onto the saucer and to place his/her left hand on the upside-down cup, and turn it again three times counter-clockwise with the teacup handle facing the reader. Continue reading
Atlantic Canada is famous for its traditional bologna (or boloney as we call it) dinner, which consists of fried bologna, mashed potatoes and onion gravy. What a great way to have a taste of home on a Lays potato chip. I believe Boloney Onion Gravy chips would make an excellent snack at anytime…..
Saltjunk.com is a website dedicated to Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans at home and abroad, and to other folks who simply enjoy NL culture, cuisine and its traditions. With completion of a Culinary Management program at Liaison College, Oakville, Ont, a Certificate in Baking at George Brown College, Toronto, Ont and a course in Food Photography; my purpose is to add new NL recipes to the existing culinary library and revisit some of the older ones and fine-tune them using today’s techniques (if possible). Also, I want to preserve some of the older and forgotten recipes that have been lost with time.
Re-discover Newfoundland and Labrador Cuisine, bring out the old recipes that your grandma and mom had written down on old scribblers or cook up recipes that were passed down from generation to generation. Relive again the taste. Experience the flavours and aromas that were once an everyday occurrence in our childhood. Can you smell the aroma of old fashion bread baking with a roaster full of hot baked beans in the oven?
Come taste times gone by and traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador. There’s a centuries-old tradition of ingenuity, imagination and inspiration in every morsel. Consider the true blend of Aboriginal, English, French, German, Irish, Portuguese, Scottish and Spanish ancestry in our very unique cuisine.
Savour and experience recipes from times past, such as; Fish & Brewis, Fried Cod Tongues, Cod Fish Stew, Fish Cakes, Toutons, Salt Junk Dinner, Pease Pudding, pea Soup, Dumplings, Cabbage Soup, Colcannon, Flipper Pie, Pan Fried brook Trout, Turr, Baked Salt Water Duck, John Bull Stew, Drawn Butter, Kedgaree, Wild Hare (Rabbit) Stew and Pie, Old Fashioned Bake Beans, Figgy Duff, Pork Bang Belly, Beaslin Cake, Lobsouse, Bake Cod Row, just to name a few.
Just maybe, we can bring back “the good ole times” our grandparents and parents once shared at the kitchen parties, card games, mummering and telling yarns, while we cook up a good scoff with our friends.
If you have any old family recipes pass down or new ones you want to share with the world, please send them to me. If you like, forward a photo of the dish and your recipe, I will post it.
Pre-heat oven to 350°F
This is a classic Banana Bread Recipe that makes your loaf very moist and very tasty.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
Sift together all dry ingredients. Combine liquid ingredients, including vegetable oil. Add liquids to dry ingredients and mix just until all flour is moistened (approx 10 seconds). The batter will look lumpy and very thick. Do not over mix.
Pour batter in a well-greased or parchment lined loaf pan (spread evenly) and bake at 350°F for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes prior to removing from pan.
Banana Walnut Loaf
Omit chocolate chips and add 1 cup chopped walnuts
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