With winter right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about comfort food. October is harvest month here in Nova Scotia, apples, corn, pumpkins and all things garden are in full bloom. I’m a huge lover of harvest bisque soup! I remember asking once what was in the soup, and my answer was “it’s always different, whatever is in harvest”. I suppose I should have known, but I wanted to duplicate the recipe.
Being Acadian, there is one food that is without a doubt a huge comfort dish, Rappie Pie. This is a classic Acadian dish from the south shore of Nova Scotia (where my family is all from). Rappie Pie is never made from scratch any more, but I’ll explain the recipe in case you’re interested how they made it years ago.
- Grate a bag of potatoes
- Wring them out to get rid of all the starch
- boil a chicken, add onions, salt and pepper to taste
- add the chicken broth back into the potatoes (total about 28 cups of water), and stir, stir, stir, stir, stir… until it’s not clumpy and your arm hurts.
- add chicken into mixture
- Bake for a few hours at 350 until the top looks crispy (each little community does it a little bit different, some are runny, some are harder, making a crispy crust is what makes it the best.)
So, now you can actually buy a bag of “starchless” potatoes making the process way easier (In Nova Scotia)! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone wring out the potatoes nowadays. Here’s what it looks like when it’s done, with molasses on top! YUMMY! My mouth is seriously watering just looking at this picture, I love Rappie Pie so much!
Being pregnant, my menu is very limited due to extreme heartburn. No spices, everything bland as possible. I went to the expert (my Mom), when asking for a soup recipe, a comfort food, that is simple and will be ok with heartburn. She suggested corn chowder. Chowder is my mom’s speciality – any kind of chowder, if you want a chower to taste absolutely delicious, get a recipe from my Mom cause she’s a pro.
I asked her for the blandest corn chowder possible that would still be yummy and, here it is, her simple chowder that is just as good as one with lots of spices:
- Potatoes, chopped up small
- water, enough to cover potatoes
- 1 can cream style corn
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