local cuisine

I found a draft blog entry I’d started a week ago but hadn’t finished. It was all about Will’s and my participation in Jeremy’s quest to eat regional food as he drove across Canada. I thought I’d resurrect the lost story and tell you all about our discovery of the true traditional Acadian dish: poutine. Now, some of you may have tried the Quebec version of poutine and enjoyed the wonderfully greasy and salty combination of french fries, gravy and melted cheese curds – mmm! The Acadian poutine, however, is another creature altogether. Jeremy, Will and I visited Bouctouche’s finest poutine restaurant for lunch one day and were amazed to find that, by 11:30, the place was already packed and there was a lineup to buy poutine! We reckoned at that point we’d come to the right place.

This restaurant served only poutine and rapee (accent on the “e” so it is pronounced rap-ay) pie plus a few drinks to wash it all down. Traditional poutine is basically a ball of potato-based dough formed around a ball of meat (usually salty pork) and then boiled like a dumpling. It is not a pretty sight: imagine your plate holding a large, glutinous, moist, grey ball and then imagine pouring molasses on it to truly enjoy it in it’s traditional manner. It would not have won any awards for presentation but it didn’t taste too badly. I can imagine if you had just come in from a day of fishing lobster on the high seas in November, you’d appreciate a good poutine. The rape pie is also potato-based and cooked with chopped meat to make a more rectangular version of poutine. The serving sizes were very generous and between the three of us we managed to consume one whole poutine and one large slab of rape pie.

I am told that the making of poutine is very much a family tradition at special times of the year and each family has it’s own secret poutine recipe. Now that I’ve tried one poutine, I am keen to try some more of the special home-made poutines, though not too many at once – maybe one poutine a year or something!

Just a bit of local knowledge to chew on and I really hope that anyone who visits us out here will join us for a visit to the lcoal poutine restaurant!


One Response to “local cuisine”

  1. Maren Hartwell Says:

    Had our Farmers’ Mkt Sunday – everyone misses you! Thanks for your great updates! Maren

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