Chef Guy’s Seafood Blendz!

seafood-chowder-is-excellentSecret tip (not very secret):

BLUE MUSSEL CAFÉ uses Chef Guy’s Seafood Blendz in their chowder (and some other dishes yet to be identified).

I found it at the PEI Company Store in the Confederation Court Mall, but it is available on about 16 other locations on the island, and you can order it online here.

Ingredients: Dill weed, kosher salt, celery seed, fennel, mustard powder, chili flakes, black pepper, bay leaves, brown sugar, paprika, clove, all spice, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I put waaaaay too much in the first time I used it. I used about 1/2 tsp. on the veggies while I was softening them, then probably added a tbsp. once I was thinning out the roux.

Hmmm… Chef Guy’s Blendz, huh? Who is Chef Guy?

From their website:

“Chef Guy’s Blendz is a small family owned business located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Executive Chef Guy LeClair is the creator of our hand crafted Blendz and he has been doing so since 1999. His culinary spirit and reputation are well known locally as he has been instrumental in developing and sustaining some of the most popular menus in Charlottetown at such establishments as the Merchant Man Pub and the Dundee Arms Inn. It all began when he started creating these Blendz to be used in menu items at the restaurants he worked. Customer demand “

Here is the OFFICIAL CHEF GUY’S BLENDZ RECIPE FOR SEAFOOD CHOWDER:

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Seafood Chowder

12 oz of Lobster meatChowder for Web
8 oz of baby Scallops
8 oz of baby Shrimp
1 – 10 oz can of baby Clams
6 oz of Haddock
6 oz of Salmon
1 med diced Spanish onion
2 diced stalks of celery
1 tbsp of Chef Guy’s Seafood Blend
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 cup of 10% milk blend
2 cups of diced potato

Cook 2 cups of diced potato and set aside.

In a 2 quart pot, fill half way with water and bring to a simmer. Add baby scallops, baby shrimp, haddock and salmon. Cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes.

Transfer fish to a bowl – reserve the left over liquid and set aside for later. In the same empty pot, add a 1/4 pound of butter on medium heat and sauté the onions and celery with 1 tbsp of Chef Guy’s Seafood Blend. Stir in 1/4 cup of flour until mixed thoroughly. Slowly add reserved liquid, cooking on medium heat until desired thickness is reached. Add 1/2 cup of 10% milk blend. Add lobster meat, baby clams (with juice) and the cooked potatoes and simmer for 8-10, minutes. Serve and ENJOY!! Serves 10-12ppl

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Blue-Mussel-Cafe-2Omnomnomnomnom… going back for just one more bowl!

You can find more Seafood Chowder recipes without this specific seasoning on my Food / Seafood Pinterest Board!

 

Note: I do not work for any of the companies/brands/establishments mentioned – just a fan! 🙂

PEI Encyclopedia: Mating Rituals

These boys crack me right up.

The PEI Encyclopedia series of YouTube clips was introduced to me by one of my nearest and dearest friends, henceforth on this blog to be referred to as “Mayor Fruit Salad”. It was during the INSANITY that was January/February on PEI.

We needed something to laugh about.

It was back in February 2015 when we had a few days of sunshine breaking up the winter chaos that had almost become monotonous… and I was new in town, and a bit taken aback by all the greetings I was getting on the Mean Streets of Charlottetown. And EYE CONTACT from complete strangers. It was almost creepy it was so foreign.

I was recounting a few of my daily street encounters to Sir Fruit Salad when he said it reminded him of the PEI Encyclopedia “Mating Rituals” video (which is very much NSFW).

WELL.

City Girl Makes the Move

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, with a population of ~2.7 million. In fact, it just surpassed Chicago to become North America’s 4th-largest city (after Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York). It’s ~5.6 million people if you count the Greater Toronto Area.

We’re moving from Toronto, Ontario to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The entire island has a population of ~140,000. About 35,000 live in Charlottetown.

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Needless to say, a bit of an adjustment. I won’t say “culture shock” but it’s something like that.

So here we go.

My intention for this blog is to use it as a creative outlet during the transition from “Big City” life to living on the island. Who knows how long I will keep going?

I plan to share observations about the change, feelings, PEI advice, as well as totally unrelated things… DIY/craft projects, events, work-related stuff, recipes, wedding planning updates… should be fun.

Thanks for reading.