This was a life changing trip; I have a new appreciation for the North. Paul Finkelstein, a chef/schoolteacher at Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford, Ont., asked me to come along as a chaperone/helper to him when he brought a group of his students to do a bit of a cultural exchange with a school way, way up in northwestern Ontario, in a native community called Webequie (pronounced web-a-quay). The beauty of the place (yes, and cold), plus the lovely, kind people made for an unforgettable experience.
Paul and I helped some of the local kids expand their knowledge when grocery shopping in order to save money and eat a little bit healthier. Plus, they tried out some fun new ways of preparing foods they hunt for in their communities: moose and goose. (In fact, we made something of a Shepherd’s Pie…using sautéed moose meat and pulled goose! We called it Moose & Goose Hunter’s Pie.) If you can possibly swing it, I urge you to visit Canada’s far north. And Webequie is a place you can start…not only because it has a 6-room excellent motel, but because I know firsthand what a wonderful place it is.