If Prince Edward Island is famous for one thing, it just might be lobster suppers. These seafood feasts typically start with courses of chowder and mussels. Then the diner is presented with a whole lobster to devour. This instalment begins with us doing just that to two unfortunate specimens.
Lenny loves mussels, so was inspired by the mussel course to attempt her own version of the dish for this episode. She adds a Thai twist with coconut milk, ginger and limes. But hang on, Jalapeno chilies? What the …? Well, authentic Thai-style ingredients aren’t always close at hand.
PEI may be a small island, but a big cultural experience. For one thing, the island is home to a section of Canada’s Acadian community. The Acadians were French-speaking early settlers who were persecuted and eventually deported under British rule. Many fled south to Louisiana, where the word “Acadian” became corrupted to “Cajun” and their presence gave rise to that famous, vibrant culture.
Acadians eventually returned to the Maritime provinces of Canada. Today they maintain their language and flag, and remain fiercely proud of their roots. We got the chance to visit the Acadian village of Abram for its annual agricultural fair and had plenty of fun gathering the footage that you’ll see as a montage in this episode – our triumphant fifth “Canadian Safari” instalment!