Traditional Newfoundland Christmas Dinner

Written by carolyn on January 17th, 2011

This year, as in the past 4 years, I have spent Christmas in Calgary. This year all three of my kids (adults now) were with me for Christmas, as well as my two grandsons. Of course, I have to cook our traditional Newfoundland jigg’s dinner. We wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so good!!!

Jigg’s dinner is cooked with salt meat, which we buy at a specialty store, where we can also buy bread pudding bags. The salt meat is cooked in a large pot with all the vegetables, peas pudding and bread puddings. 

This is how I cook my jigg’s dinner: I cook the salt meat for about an hour and then take off some of the pot liquor as it is very salty. Next, I add the peas pudding which has been cooking in a separate pot. I cook the salt meat and peas pudding for about 30-40 minutes, then I add turnip and carrot. I put in a spice bread pudding and a raisin bread pudding (my son’s favorite), at the same time. Parsnips, cabbage and potatoes are added last and cooked for about 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

All the vegetables and puddings are served with stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy and pastry. The bread stuffing for the turkey is always made with savory, grown in Newfoundland.

It’s definitely a feast, with lots of left-overs for the next day and the next. I cook this meal about three times a year and invite a crowd in to dinner. I work in the North and bring my salt meat with me from Newfoundland every year. It freezes well. Everybody really enjoys it and I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t just love it!


The Canola Fields in Saskatchewan

Written by carolyn on August 13th, 2010

The canola plants growing on the prairies in Saskatchewan are amazing. There are miles and miles of golden fields of canola growing as far as the eye can see in some areas. I saw these beautiful fields when I travelled to Hudson Bay to see my granddaughter Jenny. I thought to myself, “canola oil comes from these plants, so it’s got to be good for you” in moderation, of course. So please feel free to substitute canola oil for olive oil in any of my recipes, after all,

The Canola fields in Saskatchewan

 we do grow it in Canada, the best country in the world in which to live!!!


Eating with Jenny!

Written by carolyn on July 29th, 2010

I’m visiting my 6 year old granddaughter Jenny in Hudson Bay, Sk. She is very petite and a picky eater but she loves corn on the cob. We just ate the best corn on the cob. It was juicy, tender and sweet. I was reluctant to buy it because it was white in color. Boy, was I surprised! It turned pale yellow when it was cooked and was so good!


Eating with Jenny!

Written by carolyn on July 29th, 2010

I’m visiting my 6 year old granddaughter in Hudson Bay. She is a very picky eater but she loves corn on the cob. We just finished eating the best corn on the cob. It was pale yellow,juicy, tender and sweet! So good!!!


Relaxing on Long Island, NL

Written by carolyn on July 14th, 2010

Lush's Bight, NL

Today, I’m enjoying the beautiful weather and the relaxing atmosphere in Lushes Bight on Long Island.

My main meal today will be fish stew. Fresh cod cooked with potatoes, onion and olive oil is one of my favorite fish dishes. My mother always added scrunchions (fried fat pork) to her fish stew. It really put a wonderful taste to it. Today, I like to use oil for a healther choice. It’s still delicious!


85th anniversary of our United church

Written by carolyn on July 8th, 2010

I attended the 85th anniversary of our United church last Sunday. It’s located on a small island called Long Island in a  community called Beaumont. I live in a  town called Lush’s Bight on the same island.It’s very pretty. I attended church today and really enjoyed it. Icould see the newfoundand flag blowing in the breeze when I looked out through the colored windows in the church.  The windows are gold, green and red. It reminded me a little of my splashpage for my website.   It’s a good omen, I think.

United Church, Beaumont, built in 1925


Great Everyday Recipes

Written by carolyn on June 9th, 2010

Hi, my name is Carolyn Colbourne and I love to cook!

I have recently developed a “New Recipe” website where I am busy adding new and delicious recipes for you to try!

Be sure to check in often.

Bon Appetit!