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Snapshot Meme: Newfoundland Foods

Posted on: July 13, 2013

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. This week, I’m posting photos of Newfoundland cuisine. (By the way, the proper pronunciation of the province is “newfinLAND”, not “newFOUNDland”.)

Fish and chips is probably a familiar dish to many of you but it’s also a staple in Newfoundland. It became my first main course each time my husband and I flew or drove into Newfoundland. At least that was true until this year when we arrived in Deer Lake to find the D&R Truck Stop where we usually ordered had moved. As for my husband, the food van is also where he discovered a different dish. In his words: “Every year I have to take a picture of my ‘mess’ because they’re so glorious. Fries, onions, dressing, meat, cheese curds, gravy. A big steaming pile of heart attack.”


After my husband had sampled various versions of “The Mess,” we started seeking out other unique entrees. On one trip, at another truck stop, we discovered: moose burger, squid rings, and a whistle dog. The latter is basically a hot dog, except it has bacon wrapped around the wiener. It’s a one-time experience. 🙂 In contrast, I still seek out “The Iceberg” whenever I visit Newfoundland. It’s a slushie with a scoop of ice-cream on top.



This year, as part of travelling up the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland, my husband and I discovered several more Newfoundland dishes. My recommendation if you visit but are new to island food is start with a sampler. This one has cod fish, cod tongues, fish cakes, scallions, and shrimp.


After that, our favorite main dishes were Cod Au Gratin (flaked cod layered with white sauce and sprinkled with Cheddar cheese before being baked) and Scallions. The former is pictured below. We also enjoyed fish cakes and shrimp. Our least favorite was cod tongues.


For desserts, you might start with cheesecake topped with a native berry or date crumble which is a date square topped with ice-cream and native berries. My favorite was Figgy Duff, a pudding with the ingredients of breadcrumbs, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, butter, flour, and spices.



For an appetizer, nothing beats toutons (made by frying bread dough on a pan with butter) topped by molasses! You might also check out wedges, made famous on the island by Hiscocks Restaurant. Earlier this year the restaurant closed but it is now hoping to reopen in a different location.



11 Responses to "Snapshot Meme: Newfoundland Foods"

Hello Allison,

Well I thought I missed your SWS but apparently you didn’t post one right ? You really seems to enjoy this trip. Those pictures are totally unfair, you’re killing us now I want to eat..Smiles !!!
What were you drinking with all this ?
Anyway bon voyage if you’re still on the road dear !!!


Yeah, this vacation I decided mostly to just post reviews. I couldn’t resist sneaking in some photos though. 🙂

All the foods are from around Newfoundland, my home province, and especially the Northern Peninsula. You should visit the island, see its beauty, and try its unique cuisine. 🙂

Looks pretty yummy.

THANKS for sharing.

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What a fun adventure! I’m not that brave about food but it does look interesting. Thanks for sharing!

When I first moved to the Midwest about fifteen years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) encouraged me to try a variety of foods. I’ve never stopped, although he still thinks I have picky tastes.

I LOVE fish and, but rarely eat fried food nowadays

I make an exception on fried during holidays. 🙂 This year though, I actually ate more of seafood samplers than my beloved fish and chips.

Yum! Vacation food! Safe and happy travels! Send postcards (that’s the parting line to all our family members when they call us to say they’re off to some exotic place)!

During our week travelling the Northern Peninsula, my husband and I ate three big meals along with desserts. We wanted to try everything! There’s no calories on vacation food, right? 🙂

On the postcard note, I actually used to send ones faithfully my first few years back to Newfoundland. About twenty or more of them. Wow, my hand was sore. 😦

Everything looks delicious, minus the gravy. I guess I’m not big on gravy.Here’s Mine

Oh, I hate gravy too, which means I normally don’t eat The Mess. There is however a version with wieners and cheese but no gravy that I enjoy. 🙂

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