One of the big questions is how we will entertain friends. Especially here on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where the weather is unpredictable and sitting and eating outside is not something we can count on. So when old friends "from away" (as we say here) came for lunch a week or so ago it was a big test.
All in all I think we managed pretty well. Especially since we are living half here and half there at the moment. The weather required that we be inside and we found the sitting area very comfortable:(left click on the pictures to enlarge them)
I made lobster and scallop chowder (recipe follows) and cheddar and chive tea biscuits for lunch. Served with some good cheddar and strawberry-rhubarb pie (from Delish, a local deli) and white wine it was a simple but delicious lunch.
With the kitchen so close at hand it was easy for Arch and I to sit and enjoy our company and still keep track of what was on the stove.
And it was great to catch up with old friends. Thanks Gil and Joyce for being such great guinea pigs. You set the bar high for our next guests.
We are about two weeks away from moving in to the Adventure Bus. As you can see if you look behind us in the last picture our new mattress is still not here. We are starting to get a little impatient with this situation. The people at Nasafoam Mattresses in Toronto are being unresponsive and at times simple lying about when we can expect delivery. We will give them another week, then ask Groupon to refund our money.
4 C diced potatoes
1 onion, diced
1 envelope of Knorr Leek Soup mix
2 to 3 cups mixed seafood (I use an equal amount of cooked fresh lobster meat and raw scallops - diced)*
1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese
2 C blend or half and half
chives, paprika, salt and pepper
1. Boil the potatoes and onion until the potatoes are tender. Drain
2. Prepare the leek soup as directed and add cooked potatoes and onion. Add seafood.
3. Dice the Velveeta and add to pot along with the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Heat through, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted. Do not boil. Garnish with paprika and chives and serve.
Serves 4 to 6
* In Nova Scotia we can buy cooked fresh lobster at a couple of speciality fish stores. You can use frozen or substitute the fish of your choice.