comes today’s postcard. We’re referring to the beautiful Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our Postcards Series is about extending a handshake across cyberspace. Read about it here.

Please accord a warm welcome to our guest contributors. They will try to respond to comments and questions.

Lupins. Flickr Creative Commons

Who’s the gorgeous Gujju gal whose food, music and endearing qualities we’ve all come to love? She needs no introduction to regulars here. If you still don’t know who we’re talking about, check out one of the coolest food blogs on the Internet.

Trupti grew up in Newfoundland, then moved to the U.S., realised there’s no place like home, convinced her hubby to relocate, and they both know where they want to raise their two little boys. Trupti and Kartik own two food franchises in St. John’s. It’s hardly surprising that The Spice Who Loved Me caught the eye of Food Network Canada, and she is now a Guest Blogger on their blog, Food for Thought.

Quidi Vidi village. Picture by Kartik, 2006.

When Bee asked me to contribute to the Postcards series, I was only too happy to share my part of the world in the Limelight.

“The huge island … stands, with its sheer, beetling cliffs, out of the ocean, a monstrous mass of rock and gravel, almost without soil, like a strange thing from the bottom of the great deep, lifted up, suddenly, into sunshine and storm, but belonging to the watery darkness out of which it has been reared; the eye, accustomed to richer and softer scenes, finds something of a strange and almost startling beauty in its bold, hard outlines, cut out on every side, against the sky.”

- Newfoundland and Labrador according to Author R.T.S. Lowell, 1840

A brief history and geography lesson on Newfoundland:

Newfoundland is a large island in the Atlantic off the east coast of Canada. Together with Labrador it forms one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada. Newfoundland is separated from Labrador by the Strait of Belle Isle.
A brief history on the island: Newfoundland was originally settled by Indians and Inuit (Eskimos). The first Europeans to set foot on Newfoundland, were the Vikings. However, the island’s official discovery by Europeans was in 1497 by John Cabot, who claimed it for England.

During the 17th and 18th centuries there were numerous different settlements established on the Newfoundland coast, chiefly by the English and French. Some of them, such as Cupids and Ferryland, were formally planned; others were composed of over-wintering fishermen and developed spontaneously. It was not, however, until the second half of the 18th century that a considerable population came to live permanently in Newfoundland.

In the early 19th century the expansion of the fishing industry in Newfoundland, together with the economic depression in Europe, led to increased immigration from Europe, particularly Ireland. Hereby Newfoundland became an island with a mixture of Scottish, French, English and Irish influences. In 1949 Newfoundland voted to join Canada.

Newfoundland has a quiet stillness that invades the very core of an individual. The landscape is larger than life, and the people – one of the friendliest on earth with a culture that is authentically Canadian.


Pic from Williamsport Tours that gives you a “100% whale sighting guarantee”. ;-)

Witness the Regatta – the annual summertime Festival of the races on the Quidi-Vidi Lake, Visit the Puffins on the Cape Shore, swim with the whales in the midst of the Atlantic, come shop with us in the City of Legends – St.John’s, or just walk through one of the most famous National Parks – Gros Morne.


Caribou. Picture from Parks Canada

Newfoundland and its Food:

Newfoundland and Labrador has its own rules when it comes to cuisine….meaning, not anything goes…there’s a ‘proper’ “Jiggs Dinner” to be had when in Newfoundland. No bones about it. What’s a “Jigg’s Dinner” you say?

It consists of Salt Beef, Peas Pudding, Cabbage, Turnips, Carrots and Potatoes. It is an all day affair usually in many Newfoundland homes. Kitchens fill with the smells of cooked cabbage, boiled vegetables and salt beef boiling away on the hot stove. Along with the peas pudding and homemade bread aroma not to far off in the distance. Blankets of condensation steam the windows..the door is always opened for friends,family and neighbors.

In Newfoundland when theres a “scoff” planned (referred to by many Newfoundlanders as an awesome meal on its way) there is most often leftovers. Always too much cooked!


Bakeapple. From NewfoundlandandLabrador.com

The best part of the meal are the homemade desserts (Bakeapples, tea breads, jam and the like) that are placed onto the counters with piping hot tea on the stove, its usually the time for stories and laughter to be shared by all.

One such Dessert that is my favorite is the Newfoundland Partridgeberry Tea bread:

What you need:

2 cups flour,
1.5 cups dark brown sugar,
1 tsp baking powder,
1 tsp baking soda,
1/2 cup butter ,
2 eggs (well beaten),
Rind and juice of 1 orange,
1 cup light raisins,
1-1/2 cups partridgeberries.

What you do:
Mix dry ingredients together, crumble butter with dry ingredients (by hand).
Add raisins, eggs, orange juice and rind. Add berries. Mix well.
Bake at 350F for one hour or when straw inserted in middle comes out clean.

** The teabread in the picture has apples – my addition, though not traditional.

Why Newfoundland is Home to me:


St. John’s. From NewfoundlandandLabrador.com

When I walk among its streets, history walks with me…St.John’s the capital city is the oldest city in North America.

If ever I am stuck in the snow…I can guarantee that half the neighborhood will come and dig me out…( this is my experience talking!)

We have our own time zone! Newfoundland time.

We have some of the best fishing sites in the world.

Newfoundland is known for its rugged scenery, majestic valleys and of course its fish!

It is a place, where you can experience the beauty of a city one moment and the quietness of a coastal village the next.

It is a place where neighbors still meet over the fence just to “catch up”.

Winters are true winters here…blizzards, Ice storms and all…but the smell of the chimneys and woodstoves in the winter
snow…is enough to chase the chills away.

We are known as the “Far East of the Western World“.

This place is relatively unspoiled and untouched by human advancements.

A wise man once said….”Around here, not every work of art hangs on a wall“. Borrowing on pieces of its present, this province offers a window into the distant past, retracing the complex metamorphosis of an island that once stood alone. Yes, this is Newfoundland and Labrador.


New Cape Spear Lighthouse. Flickr Creative Commons


Iceberg. From baydeverde.com


Sign at Gros Morne National Park. Flickr Creative Commons


Barbed Wire. Flickr Creative Commons

Map of Canada
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Newfoundland and Labrador in pictures here and here.
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26 Comments

  1. sra says:

    Gorgeous post! The pictures are beautiful and the tea bread looks appetising.

  2. Suganya says:

    The moment I saw Newfoundland, the first name that came to my mind was Trupti. Surprise, its her guest post.. Love those pics :)

  3. Coffee says:

    I want to visit this place for once in my life. :D

  4. Srivalli says:

    Gorgeous pictures trupti…great theme you have here Bee..

    srivalli
    http://www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

  5. Anjali says:

    Trupti your pictures are beautiful and I think you are almost the ambassador for new foundland. Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us thru your blog and this post. B and J you are wonderful hosts. Makes me want to share my recent trip to belur, halebid and Shravanbelagola with you guys.

  6. roopa says:

    wow beautifull pictures. hai when will i visit these beauty…

  7. Santhi says:

    trupti…i guess your home lends itself to you :-) ..such serene beauty with such a pleasant personality…lovely…

  8. Rachna says:

    aw such a beautiful place…., thank u trupti for this write up, i will definitely go there once in my life… and bee and jay, i love your postcard series… such lovely places we get to see…

  9. Raaga says:

    Loved the article :)

    Trupti, host me when I visit with hubby dear :)

  10. Usha says:

    Hi!!!
    Those are lovely pics!!!! great work!

  11. sia says:

    what a gorgeous place! i will visit Newfoundland one day :)
    If ever I am stuck in the snow…I can guarantee that half the neighborhood will come and dig me out…( this is my experience talking!)
    how many times this has happened to u T? :D

  12. viji says:

    A nice write up bee. Thanks for the info and beautiful pictures. Viji

  13. madhuli says:

    What a lovely post!Trupti, Bee and jai thanks a lot for that lovely information.I got to know and see lotso’ things about this amazing place.Hope to see this place some time!Great work.

  14. Jyothsna says:

    Very pretty!! This postcard series makes me want to visit so many places!!

  15. indosungod says:

    Those pictures are lovely. The way Trupti talks about Newfoundland I want to move there too!

  16. trupti says:

    Thank you, Thank you Jai and Bee for sharing my little world with everyone. and to everyone who commented…This Gujju Gal’s home is always open to visitors!

    :)

  17. sunita says:

    Trupti, that was a really lovely post…could sense the love and pride that is enclosed in your bosom for the place…after all, home is where the heart is…

    Jai and Bee, thanks again for bringing people all over the world to share the posts about their part of the world…

  18. Asha says:

    Thanks for posting this Bee!
    Trupti,when you posted a link to Food Canada I took a tour (virtual) of St.John and fell in love with it.It’s absolutely gorgeous and you are wise to move back to Canada!!
    You are very very lucky T! Hugs:))

  19. sandeepa says:

    Such a beautiful place. I want to move too. Does anybody hear me ?

  20. richa says:

    oh my! u do love that place, don’t ya!
    loved that tea bread :)

  21. musical says:

    Lovely! the writer, the hosts and the post :)

    The mere mention of NFL made it amply clear that i had to be Trupti ;) and i love your passion for this place!

  22. sharmi says:

    oh what a beauty!! the write up and the pictures, so amazing.

  23. Cynthia says:

    Trupti, it is a pleasure to know a little bit more of the place you call home, your corner of the world.

    Bee and Jai, thanks for this series that enlightens.

  24. trupti says:

    Kartik send his thanks for this post.

    :)

  25. Linda says:

    Lovely lovely photos and sentiments here… enjoyed every bit! :)

  26. pelicano says:

    That was really beautiful, Trupti- strikingly so! I can see why you like living there.



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