INDEED A MEMORABLE FEAST, By Lisette Jolicoeur
Indeed a Memorable Feast!
By: Lisette Jolicoeur
Little did I know what I was in for when I responded to the email invitation from the Food Program : "Come out for a walk with Dan Persyko and friends to marvel at the abundance of food at its source. The traditional First Nations site at Montague Harbour is the ideal place to learn about living close to the land and sea. Bring shovel, a bucket, a bowl, and fork. 4:30 Thursday, June 9th, 2011".
What a memorable eveninng, not only because it was a feast, but also because it was such a strong example of how the best, more often than not, comes with simplicity and just getting together for a moment with no agenda. I call that "let's have a little adventure and see what happens!" I experienced, once again, the natural world as a child would as well as learning many new things.
Having young kids and a dog around is always a treat to watch. To see how they all naturally interact with each other and with the animal, if we trust them enough to admire how they naturally interact and solve simply their differences.
Sea asparagus and bladderack when sautéed with an onion and carrot make a very yummy and healthy serving of veggies (thank God not yet served in those fancy restaurants at a $$$ price, one we gladly pay for with our ignorance).
When you put together pretty big oysters stacked together in a way to allow the juices and sand to flow out with the smaller mussels on top it makes for a 2 part feast. It only took half an hour to gather the food and although at first glance the mussels seemed small they are so tasty. In a big pot with just a little bit of water, steaming on a wood fire right by the beach, the result is absolutely divine.Those big oysters are not that chewy afterall. Both accompanied by our serving of sea veggies, naturally.
When we are still in awe of that fine dinner, Dan and Janice experimented with two different breading for the oysters, so we could have a taste of fried oysters. Dan's were with flour with garam marsala added. Janice's were with dipped in beated egg and then rolled in corn flour. Both were delicious and so smooth to enjoy. The little chewiness was even wonderful to get those jaws going.
During the meal, someone mentioned the word 'wine' and instantly all said "Naw! Not necessary!" This is as fine as it is! Similarly, at the end, Janice said: "I have a little treat here if you want" (chocolate), and again, all said "it does not belong here". We simply cleared our plates, and sent the shells back to the beach while watching a couple of grey herons fly over our heads.
Well done, time to go home and stay with that infinite moment of bliss, that is possible to everyone on this island and on top IT IS FREE! NO HST, NO TIPS, NO WAITER, just nature as our generous host!
My conclusion: We live in paradise. Why not work together to enjoy this now and to make it last for all those who come after us.