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Essex County

Pauline and her family immigrated to Essex County in Southwestern Ontario in 1938, buying a farm and growing nearly all of their own food for many years.  The landscape reminds me of Vojvodina  – flat and charmingly rural.  This part of Ontario used to be a lake bottom, just as Vojvodina was the bottom of the Pannonian Sea, and so the soil here too is dark and rich.

These are recipes I have created for my family. I love to invent dishes that are restricted by the ingredients on hand: usually freshly picked fruits and vegetables either from my family’s garden or from the various farmer’s stands that dot Seacliff Drive in Kingsville and Leamington.  I like simple, tasty recipes with just a few ingredients, and always fresh.

Garlic-y Eggplant Patties Eggplant with a kick – a whole head of garlic goes into these fritters. Great as a substitute for hamburgers in a summer sandwich.
Edgar Allen Poe’s Pumpkin Soup A little murder along with the pumpkin flesh.
Chestnut Cream Mousse Luscious, meaty and creamy mousse. Great alternative to pumpkin pie.
Lemon, Blueberry and Fresh Mint Tart I dreamed this recipe up after eyeing the blueberries in the basket, the fresh lemons on the lemon tree, and smelling the mint in the garden.  Not for those on a diet, I’m afraid.
Melon Soup with Prosciutto I got the idea for this cold soup recipe from the appetizer I make, melon squares wrapped with a thin slice of prosciutto ham.  A nice light meal might also include a salad and a piece of good crusty bread, and of course, a fruity Essex County wine.

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  1. Tanya permalink
    October 22, 2016 5:21 pm

    I am so excited to stumble on your web-site. I was searching for Slovak recipes (and Vojvodina) and am happy to see that your grandma is from the same village as my grandmother! My dad came to Canada from Pivnice and started out in Kingsville, he is currently living in Windsor and I am currently in Essex! What a small world!!!

    • October 23, 2016 1:37 pm

      Hi Tanya, it is a small world! I wonder if our families know one another.

      What are your favorite Slovak recipes? Did your grandmother make the same recipes I have here on the blog?

      I am searching for a cake recipe from Pivnice. I think it was apple spice but I’m not sure – I had it on a visit there 7 years ago and didn’t ask for it then. Now, the woman has died, and along with it, her wonderful cake recipe. The closest I have found here is a spice cake. The cake was a brown, un-iced, nicely spiced, with a layer of apple I think, also browned.

      Thank you for leaving a comment!

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