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So Kerry Beal and I headed north today to spend five weeks on Manitoulin Island. As usual we want to share our adventures with you. We left the Burlington/Oakville area about 8:30 this morning, drove north through Barrie and Sudbury and arrived in Little Current on the Island around 3:30 this afternoon.

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You get an idea here of how packed car was. There was barely room for Kira. The egg cartons which Kerry and I had saved since last fall took up a great deal of space. We discovered in a text message from the Island that our egg lady is no longer in business. We can't imagine not having dozens and dozens of freshly laid eggs. We will be trying to source from a new supplier.

You can also just get a glimpse of the mint that will be appearing in our cocktails.

Breakfast was a quick swing through McDonald's drive-through. I had a sausage McMuffin with egg and Kerry had a bacon and egg McMuffin. We both had hashbrowns. No photo but then you all know what these look like.

Lunch was not a great improvement.

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From Jeremy's truck stop in Nairn Centre a toasted club for Kerry

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A toasted BLT for me.

Kerry had a side of their famous potato pancakes with sour cream

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And I had a bag of potato chips

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We just wanted to keep driving and get to Little Current as soon as possible. We promise the food will improve from here on!

Edited to change minutes to mint.

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When I went to unpack our cooler bag I found that my bottle of pipelchuma had turned upside down and a great deal of the oil had spread onto everything. No real harm done thank goodness because these cheeses were in that cooler bag:

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First cocktail on the island - we haven't had a chance to unpack our booze yet - so had to make do with what was in the stuff we brought up.  So that included brandy, cognac, maraschino, homemade vermouth, arak and a bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao.  (By the way all you Ontarians - the PFDC is for sale now at the LCBO and it was on SALE!)  

 

Opted for a Sidecar.  

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Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts. I had never heard of pipelchuma, I guess I must lead a sheltered life. I did look it up and it sounds wonderfully hot. Those potato pancakes don't look all that bad, especially since it is 8:30 and we have yet to have dinner.

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Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts. I had never heard of pipelchuma, I guess I must lead a sheltered life. I did look it up and it sounds wonderfully hot. Those potato pancakes don't look all that bad, especially since it is 8:30 and we have yet to have dinner. Anna, are the kittens with your daughter?

Elsie the potato pancakes are actually very good. As for your other question I will answer you by PM to keep this on-topic.

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How many ovens will you have available, once everything is unpacked and set up?

We will have the convection oven that is part of the stove, the little Cuisinart Steam oven that we brought up to play with, the Big Easy and the little BGE.  Oh yeah - and in a pinch we could use the gasser outside on the balcony as an oven. 

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Yay, Yay, Yay!!!!  I love reading your food adventures. Looking forward to all that you will share!

 

How old is Kira now? 

Glad you are following along - we'll be making some of the old favourites - and along with the test kitchen theme - a few new ones.  

 

Herself is 13 now.  

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(By the way all you Ontarians - the PFDC is for sale now at the LCBO and it was on SALE!)

That sent me to check the site for availability at this end and I got my first glimpse of the new LCBO site... gonna have to navigate around it a bit but it looks like they've made browsing needlessly more annoying.

 

It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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So Kerry Beal and I headed north today to spend five weeks on Manitoulin Island.

One of my favorite times of year on eGullet. I always look forward to this announcement and the fun that follows.

 

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It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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That sent me to check the site for availability at this end and I got my first glimpse of the new LCBO site... gonna have to navigate around it a bit but it looks like they've made browsing needlessly more annoying.

 

Damn - hadn't seen that new site - you can't just ask it to tell you all the stores and how many bottles they have.  Sucks!

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Oh, I'm looking forward to this!  Let the testing and the noshing begin.  I'm glad those excellent-looking cheeses weren't damaged by the spill.

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Looking out on this marina

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Eating a pear and some Cashel blue cheese for breakfast.

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I understand we will be heading out to the market shortly.

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We arrived just as the market was setting up.

 

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Heather from Loon Song - honey and Red Fife flour obtained.

 

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Pile Lake farms for some spinach.

 

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There is a new store in town - organic and natural foods - the owner has lived in Japan and Korea and introduced Manitoulin to quality sushi last year.  They have a few tables in there too for a little cafe.  We didn't get the whole scoop on what they are serving yet.  

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Famished by the time we arrived back from the market - made myself a toasted sandwich with an egg, some cheddar and kimchi.  Toast made in the Cuisinart Steam oven - setting 4.  The other side had no lines!

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Famished by the time we arrived back from the market - made myself a toasted sandwich with an egg, some cheddar and kimchi.  Toast made in the Cuisinart Steam oven - setting 4.  The other side had no lines!

Another trick I do with the Cuisi when toasting is to toast on 2 - rotate the item being toasted, and toast on 1!

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When we went to the market this morning - the lady from Pike Lake farms said that they had some strawberries picked but she didn't bring them to town so there would be no fighting over them.  We decided that a run out there would be wise to get both strawberries and eggs. 

 

Turn right at the first Inulshuk when heading down island.

 

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The view above their farm.  

 

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The first dog I patted today - there would be several others before we arrived home.

 

Next we headed off to Max Burt's farm for some meat, bacon and maple syrup.  One dog to be patted. 

 

Then off to another egg place in hopes of finding duck eggs - not so successful - no duck eggs to be had (4 dogs to be patted) - we left with 1 carton of non washed non graded colourful eggs.  

 

Then we became gloriously lost!  Took us about 2 hours to find our way back to Mindamoya where we hit the grocery store for some staples.  We saw Fred's Camp 4 times on our travels!

 

 

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You must have seen some lovely country while you were lost, so you can say you had to go see it again. ;-) How fortunate for you that you had to drive to go get the strawberries! (It's also nice to be in country where the dogs are of the pat-me-please variety.) You DID come away with strawberries, even if not duck eggs, didn't you? Was it just the one basket of berries?

What kind of dressing did you put on that romaine? I think I see the pitcher just at the right margin of the picture.

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