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Feb. 3, 2013 6:38 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 11:47 am
In our university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia,  St. Francis Xavier University has a STRIKE going on. Briefly, it’s about wages, job security, etc. and involves professors, lab instructors and library workers, many of them friends of mine.  In the last week they have picketed in -22… MORE
 
 
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Feb. 5, 2012 5:24 am 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 3:51 pm
Ok, confessions are not really my thing but I did something so incredibly stupid last week that I just had to share.  Normally I am a very smart eater and don't use a lot of salt when cooking.  I rarely add salt to something after cooking unless it is REALLY bland.  However, last week was… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 24, 2011 4:12 am 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2011 5:26 am
Happy Thanksgiving to all the American bloggers!  We have received our first blast of winter here in Nova Scotia -  more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.  (see photo)   I guess dining Al Fresco is out of the question tonight!  Last night I managed to find a couple of friends willing to trudge… MORE
Taste of Winter
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Nov. 11, 2011 6:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2011 4:32 am
Mike thought I should post this from the "Buzz" to the "Blog"Nov. 11, 2011 4:11 am Thank you Mike Harvey! My father was a Canadian WW11 veteran. He met and married my Dutch mother before returning to Canada after the war and they raised seven children. He died 41 years ago at the age of… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 8, 2011 1:22 pm 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011 12:24 pm
A SAINT left two bags hanging on my front door knob last evening - one containing a large amount of the most beautiful basil leaves I have ever seen, the other some very fresh parsley. My basil had done just  "ok"  this year and, although I have plenty for using fresh, the 4 cups necessary… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 24, 2011 3:55 am 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 11:35 am
MMMM, this  AR  recipe was delicious - made it for my vegetarian friends last night.  Who'd have thought that large portobello caps were the price of gold!!!  I paid $15.00 for SIX caps at my local grocer - could have had ground beef tenderloin  . . . . . . . save for the vegetarians!   The… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 3, 2011 4:21 am 
Updated: Aug. 10, 2011 11:47 am
I have finally stopped laughing at the hilarity of the situation long enough to write a post about it.  Last Friday my sister NJ and her boyfriend Neil, invited six guests over for supper.  NJ had, earlier in the year, purchased some beautiful free-range, organic, chickens which she froze for… MORE
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May 6, 2011 2:27 pm 
Updated: May 8, 2011 6:10 am
What to do with leftover lobster meat?  Here in Nova Scotia we are paying around $5.00 a pound for lobster ($4.00 a pound if you want to chase down a fisherman as he returns  to the wharf with the days catch).    Of course lobster is best cooked in ocean water, but failing… MORE
Lobster Cocktails by NormaJean, photographed by Bernice
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Apr. 11, 2011 1:19 pm 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 3:21 pm
Modern Indian Cooking is the title of my latest favourite cookbook.   Written by Hari Nayak and Vikas Knanna (forward by Daniel Boulud) it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own.  Not only are the photos amazing, the use of colour and simplicity of design makes it great to… MORE
 
 
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Apr. 5, 2011 3:50 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2011 10:18 pm
A few weeks ago my sister NJ made what I believe to be the BEST pot of mussels ever!  She steam them in Schooner beer (only available in Canada they say  . . . . .or was that Red Rose tea??)  Now Schooner beer isn't the fans choice around here and I personally can"t get by… MORE
 
 
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Bernice

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Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Member Since
Feb. 2011

Cooking Level
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Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books

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About Me
I am a professional photographer and medical secretary who loves to cook and garden. Entertaining my family and friends with different recipes is one of my favorite pastimes. I have five sisters who are also great cooks and bakers. When I am not roaming the roads looking for great photos I am prowling the grocery stores for ingredients for my latest new recipe. www.bernicemacdonaldphotography.com if you would like to see some of my work. Cheers!
My favorite things to cook
I love to BBQ (all year round if possible). Pork, chicken and fish dishes interest me most but I am not adverse to a good cut of beef once in a while. My garden provides me with lots of fresh herbs, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, leeks and potatoes. One sister has honeybees which provide us all with honey for the year. If I only had a olive tree in my backyard and a sheep to provide feta my gourmet life would be complete! Mediterranean is the way to go!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas morning with toasted Montreal bagels topped with cream cheese, locally smoked salmon, capers and lemon zest. Who needs Santa?
My cooking triumphs
Getting into Indian cooking was a big triumph for me. Now that I have a handle on all of the spices this requires, I find it very satisfying to cook Indian on a regular basis - the aromas in the kitchen are amazing!
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make my own pasta for the first time was a complete disaster and a very big mess! I'll buy fresh from the gourmet section from now on or resort to the good ole Catelli!
 
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