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Lobster and Sweet Pea RisottoBeing a chef in Nova Scotia has its perks for sure, and having the freshest lobster available year-round is one of them. Although the simplest preparations are often best for lobster, it is rather versatile and allows for some creativity too. This is a signature lobster dish of mine, but also one that captures the essence of a summer garden: sweet peas out of the shell. Risotto continues to be one of the most desired dishes on restaurant menus, and home cooks are not nearly as intimidated as they once were to dive in and try making it themselves. For a real boost of flavour, take the time to make the lobster broth if you can, but if you just can’t manage it, chicken broth is fine too.Mussels NormandyThere’s a good reason that mussels are a standard appetizer in Nova Scotia. Simply steamed and dipped in butter or topped with one of the many sauces that show up on creative menus, sweet and briny mussels stand the test of time. I’m a fan of this recipe that also showcases local fall apples, along with shallots, butter, rosemary and full cream. The smell reminds me of a dish from Northern France, hence the name — and my suggestion that you serve it with a chewy homemade baguette that you can tear up by hand, as though you’re in a French bistro by the sea. The sauce is too good to waste a drop, so use the bread for dipping!Lobster RollsAside from chowder or fish and chips, there is no single dish that visitors seek as avidly as the lobster roll. It is such an iconic Nova Scotia treat that even McDonald’s includes one on its menu. This recipe is my attempt at the perfect lobster roll. I’ve used some old-school garnishes but changed it up with an interesting European-style, Marie Rose sauce. As for the rolls, sometimes you can’t improve on a classic. Soft white rolls (or hot dog buns), fried in butter, are traditional.
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