Incredible local artist and enthusiastic foodie Shelagh Duffett has graciously donated a copy of her book Nova Scotia Potluck Cookbook: Yummy Food for Friends and Family for a giveaway on my blog!
You may know Shelagh from her very popular blog Alice in Paris Loves Art and Tea. The first time I met Shelagh we went to Wheaton’s for tea and so she could re-stock the store with her cookbook! It is a very popular item at the store and with local people: “I have been waiting for this cookbook for a long time,” ~ Anna Migas, Proprietor of the Halifax Public Gardens Canteen.
Completely inspired by the cookbook and her wonderful black and white artwork throughout, I have spent the last week testing her recipes. Shelagh graciously agreed for me to share some of her recipes here with you.
Contest is now open and will close at the end of Wednesday August 11, 2010. Just leave a comment on this particular post to enter! It would be very nice if followed our blogs too but no pressure.
Romaine and Mandarin Salad
1 head romaine lettuce washed and torn
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
2 green onions, chopped
10 oz tin of mandarin oranges ,drained
1/2 cup of canola oil
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed
avocado for garnish
- Heat butter in frying pan and gently toast nuts over medium heat until golden brown. If you want, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar and caramelize them a bit.
- Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, mustard and salt in a jar and shake.
- Into large bowl, put lettuce, top with green onion, mandarins, and nuts.
- Toss with dressing just before serving and put a few slices of avocado on top of each serving.
Wow, buttered sauteed almonds! That is a first for me, what a treat! If you want to hold back on the fat, you can always dry roast them instead. I gotta say, these were amazing though!
With the craziness of summer, by the time I made this salad my avocado had gone bad, I had run out of sunflower seeds and did not have a lot of romaine lettuce so I boosted what I had with spring greens. Still, this salad is lovely! I really adore it and will make it again. The dressing is not too overpowering but still has lots of flavour, making the salad light and delicious. I even made it the next day and added some dried cranberries and my candied pecans, again, fabulous! So far, I like what I am tasting.
Leave a comment on this post to enter the contest for Shelagh’s amazing cookbook, “Full of down home Nova Scotia hospitality, this book is a gift for any kitchen!” I could not have said it any better myself.
Good luck everyone! Winner will be announced Thursday!
Make sure there is a way for me to contact you. No blog? LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in the comments. Thanks!
That salad looks lovely, Suzie! I think the artwork on the cookbook is fantastic, too.
Lynn @ The Next Chapter says
I just found your blog through Shelagh’s and have subscribed! 🙂
You have beautiful food pics, that salad looks delish!
Debra She Who Seeks says
I love Shelagh’s art and blog and now — she has a cookbook too?!? Yowza!
Suzie Ridler says
All the artwork is done by Shelagh, isn’t she amazing? Thanks for subscribing Lynn! It’s true Debra, how can one woman be so talented?
Make sure there is a way for me to contact you! If you do not have your own blog leave your email address here . Thanks so much and good luck everyone!
I had no idea Shelagh had this cookbook out – sounds lovely (love her artwork as well). thanks for sharing!
That salad looks really lovely! Thanks for the chance!!
Sarah @ Mum In Bloom says
Great giveaway Suzie but I already have that wonderful cookbook. I love it! Your pictures are so beautiful and colourful. Nice work 😉
Your salad looks delicious and the cookbook sounds great. I bet there are lots of yummy recipes inside.
I am so glad I found your blog. I love all the ideas and pictures.
I follow you a lot on facebook. 🙂
Thanks for all that you do!
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The salad looks amazing, love the sauteed, buttery almonds mmmmm.
What a fantastic cookbook as well, a treasure for sure. I definitely have a soft spot for cats, and Shelagh, you’ve captured them so beautifully in your art. So vibrant, your creations put a huge smile on my face on this Monday morning!
I follow you on twitter but can’t believe I have yet to follow your blog…fixed!
I had Shelagh’s book at one point but it has been lost in the shuffle…full of wonderful NS recipes!
best of says
This is great for Halifax, Nova Scotia and it’s food scene! Email is bestofhalifax atgmaildotcom
I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Cheers!
I never know what to make for pot lucks – I always resort to my potato and egg salad. This is a great idea for a cook book!
My mom always taught me that one of the most important thing to look for when you’re buying a cookbook is the photos, I’m sure this would be a winner in her eyes!! Beautiful book!
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
I’d love to win the cookbook! Please count me in.
Anna C says
Susie, how can you not love this salad recipe with all the yummy ingredients. Looks delicious! Would love to have a touch of Nova Scotia (via your cookbook), in Montreal.
Oh this looks like such a fun cookbook!! I’d love to add it to my collection 🙂
Zombie Queen says
How cool!! I would love to win. I am always looking for new yummy things to feed my family 🙂
I have regional cookbooks from most parts of Canada but funnily enough nothing from the Maritimes. The mix of the different influences is intriguing. If the rest of the book is anything like the salad it must be great.
Foodie Frannie says
Looks like a nice thing to make with the rest of my romaine from the garden. Thanks Suzie!
What a treasure of a cookbook to win! I have added it to my Amazon wishlist now too. Its so cool you both are friends!
You know my email and facebook addy. 🙂
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Ooo this looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
Love your blog Suzie. Sure would love to win that cookbook. Think I might consider giving copies to my daughters for Christmas, too.
Yummy-looking salad, Suzie!
I really enjoy reading your blog. It does inspire me some days, and I know where to come for tried-and-true recipes.
I’d love to win Shelagh’s Nova Scotia cookbook, both for the recipes–especially since I lived in NS in the 70s–and for her adorable artwork.
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti says
I’d LOVE to win a copy of Shelagh’s cookbook! I’ve been reading her blog for years and love her art work. The salad yiou made from her recipe looks so delicious.
" M " says
yum! that spinach salad looked tasty as well , I hope I win the cookbook, good luck to everyone too !
That salad looks soooo yummy. Please enter me in the draw
K. Rock says
I would love to win the cookbook. Love your blog!
PS: And this recipe is so refreshing! Perfect for Spring that’s knocking at our door here!
OMG! I did read this post yeasterday! See how out of it I am when I’m on my meds? I’m like a ditzy, teenage girl sometimes!
I’m shoving this on FB and Tweeting about it too so hopefully more will enter!
Erika Lutz-Stokes says
Wow! If this cookbook is half as good as I think it will be, I know what my cooking friends and family are getting for Christmas.
Romaine and Mandarin Salad really looks delicious! Totally something that I would make! I’m going to have to put it on my list to try soon. Today I plan to make Low Fat Tomato Pasta Salad. I hope it’s tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Thank you for the recipes. We visited Nova Scotia this summer to participate in the WALKTHEWALK for Autism in Sydney. After meeting the people and tasting the great foods, we started planning our next years trip to N.S.
Your recipes will help keep the great tasting food on the Tips of our tongues until we visit again.
That salad looks so lovely. Please enter me in the draw
The salad looks yummy. Please include me in the giveaway.
this salad looks so amazing! I wish my husband would eat it. I just might have to make it one evening for myself when he is working late. 🙂
How neat! My husband and I visited Nova Scotia last summer from Seattle and had the best time (and the most delicious food!)
My mom is from Nova Scotia so anything from there reminds me of growing up. Its nice to see different parts of Canada getting recognition.
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Kim (mom from Nova Scotia comment)
Wonderful looking salad; thanks for the inspiration. I would love to make more NS recipes now that I am outside Canada. My colleagues need to try some new things!
It’s my first time posting, but I read your blog all the time. Really enjoy it!
Domestic and Damned says
How did I miss this contest?
Might be too late but… that salad looks yummy too
Hope I didn’t miss the draw!
Shelagh is a gorgeous lady with an inspirational talent! I’d love to use her cookbook to help my student lifestyle by making tasty, healthy choices for meal time!
This looks like a great cookbook I could add to my cookbook collection.
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Suzie Ridler says
Contest is now closed! Thanks for entering everyone! Winner will be announced soon.