Today we are hurtling towards Alberta in our SUV. So I've arranged guest posts for you while I'm away. I knew exactly who I wanted to kick off the festivities so I sent out an email to the one and only Movita Beaucoup. I heard back from her immediately which I took as a really good sign. I think she mumbled something like "cripes you mofo-ing pain in my ballet slippers, like I don't have enough frickin' crap to worry about right now" or something like that. Okay that's a total lie.
But there was something about her being in the shower with fish and fat. I have no idea, I wasn't really paying attention cuz I was lol-ing at the fact she knows me well enough to call me dude. That's the kind of sh*t us Canucks do that crack other Canucks up. We also like to rub in the fact that the word "lol" really bugs the living crap out of some people so we try to say "lol" as many time as we can while "lol"-ing at everything that's "lol" worthy cuz that's just the kind of crap that make us all "lol". Am I right? Give me a hell yah. Lol!
Movita is my absolute idol. She is a straight forward, blunt, tell it like it is kind of gal. Call me crazy but I dig that in a chick. She's like Cher but more graceful and swears more. Plus she likes unicorns so I mean basically we're like soul mates or something.
If you've never stopped by Movita's blog, well basically you're a tool, or living under a rock or something. The lady has competitions on her blog like the Pumpkin Carve-off, Ginger and Bake my Cake. They get wicked competitive and people get mad and throw temper tantrums when they don't win. It's the stuff of legends I tell ya.
Movita kicks a** when it comes to baking. So much so that she's going to real live baking school soon. Can I just say how jealous I am. I am also really proud of her. I mean trading in your pointe shoes for safety clogs is a really big deal. I could not be beaming with more soul mate pride right now. I've got her unicorn packed and ready to send as her graduation gift. I'll just hang onto it till she's all done. Sort of like her unicorn keeper. You know like Jon Cusack in Say Anything. That's me, but with longer hair, cooler friends and a unicorn.
If you are a regular reader you know Movita has been here before. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for my Burning Down The Kitchen series. If you haven't read it you should. Movita was a riot as usual and you even get to see her in a bikini. I know right. I'm like the Barbara Walters of blogger interviewers. Who else could get Movita in a two piece. I made her Classic Cupcakes for that post and loved them so much. I mean any time you get to make your family's teeth blue and not tell them about it is a good day in my book.
I've bookmarked a gazillion of her recipes. Everything from her Taco Salad, to her Weekend Salmon, to her Lasagna, to her Caramilk Brownies, to her Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel Crispie Treats. Everything she makes has me slamming my head up against the screen to get a better look. Now I've got a permanent goose-egg on my noggin and it's all Movita's fault.
So stick around and give a rowdy lunatic welcome to Movita as she returns to the asylum.
Hey there, Lunatic fans! My name is Rachael, but a lot of people call me movita beaucoup. I’m super excited to be here. Mostly because I want to tell you all about how Kim Bee ruined my summer.
A few months ago, Kim was kind enough to feature me in her Burning Down the Kitchen series. We had an email exchange in which she mentioned that she planned to come visit me here in Nova Scotia. She was all: I’m coming to visit you in the summer. I’m not kidding. So, I got really excited. And then, in my BDTK interview, she reiterated her plans, and asked what I would make for her when she came for a visit. I told her I’d make her chowder and feed her lobster. Because that’s what we do in these here parts. We shove fish in people’s faces.
Naturally, I cancelled all of my plans for the summer. I cleaned the house. I hid stuff. I bought new underwear. And I fine tuned my chowder recipe. I wanted to make it just right for Kim - laden with scallops and lobster, and rich with butter and cream. And then I waited. Because I assumed Kim meant she was coming to visit this summer. That one day the doorbell would chime, and I would open the door to find Kim sitting atop a horse with a saddle bag full of sugary cereal. For many days, I refused to leave the house. You know, just in case. And then, after weeks of waiting, there it was. An email from Kim. I knew it, I thought. I knew she wouldn’t let me down. I figured she was emailing me her travel itinerary.
But Kim was emailing to ask if I’d do a guest post. Because... what? She’s driving her kid out west? And that’s when I knew. I knew Kim wasn’t coming. Because she would be driving across the country with her crappy kid. She was getting about as far away from Nova Scotia as she possibly could. And it was time to accept that Kim wouldn’t be sitting down to a bowl of chowder with me any time soon.
Here in the Maritimes, we’re all about seafood chowder. Every family has their own version. Many recipes remain unaltered for decades. Some are different each and every time they are made. Some chowders are thick, and some are thin. The ingredients may vary, but the idea is always the same: good fishy stuff for your belly. Stuff that will warm your weary bones. You can eat it in bowls or mugs, standing over the stove in the kitchen, or at a cook-out by the sea.
This chowder is a combination of two family recipes - my family’s and 2.0’s. That’s what I call my dude - 2.0. Because he’s next level. Everything got better after meeting him. And when our families came together? Well, more awesomeness, of course. It’s very much like my standby, Beaucoup Seafood Chowder, but better - because of the addition of 2.0 and his family. Wait. They aren’t in the chowder, I just worked in some of their chowder philosophy. Thus I present to you: Seafood Chowder 2.0.
This is not a thick chowder, it has a more brothy consistency. Herbs and spices float on top like seals in the Bay of Fundy. The scallops and lobster aren’t optional - leave ‘em out and you’ll be sorry. They bring a sweetness to this Maritime kitchen party. Same goes for the butter and cream. Live a little. And like any traditional chowder, simple ingredients come together to make something brilliant. Kinda like when I met Kim Bee. Blogging is better when she’s around. She’s got your back. She’ll make you feel like a rock star. She’ll be the best friend you’ve never met.
So Kim? I forgive you. I forgive you for ruining my summer. And when you’re ready to head out East? I will make you chowder and teach you how to dance in the kitchen. I’ll show you how to crack into a lobster and fill you will cheap booze. I’ll hold your hand when you think the ocean at Peggy’s Cove is going to snatch you up. And I’ll let you sleep in the car as we drive from coast to coast to coast...
Seafood Chowder 2.0: Guest Post by Movita Beaucoup
- ¾ cup butter divided (divide into: ½ cup, ¼ cup)
- 2 medium onions diced
- 2 large carrots peeled and diced
- 2 stalks of celery diced
- 3 medium potatoes peeled and diced
- 3 cups approximately sodium reduced chicken broth
- 1 lb. cooked lobster chopped into bite sized pieces – fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- three dashes Tabasco sauce
- ½ lb. haddock*
- ½ lb. cod*
- ½ lb. scallops – fresh or frozen no need to defrost
- 1 litre light cream 5% milk fat
- 1 cup heavy cream 35% milk fat
- * you could use just haddock or cod if you don’t want to use both – use a pound of whichever you choose
- In a large Dutch oven, melt ½ cup butter and then sauté the onions, carrots and celery over medium heat – allowing them to soften a little – about 5 minutes. Add the potato and add only enough chicken broth to barely cover (about 3 cups). Stir to combine and then cook until the potato is just barely tender (8-10 minutes).
- As the potato is cooking, melt the remaining ¼ cup of butter in a skillet over medium heat and then add the lobster pieces to the skillet. Cook the lobster until the butter has taken on an orangey-red colour from the lobster, and the lobster has heated through. About 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add the basil, oregano, celery salt, paprika, pepper and Tabasco sauce to the vegetables in the Dutch oven and stir to combine. It will seem like a lot of spices, don’t worry. Layer the haddock, cod and scallops on top. Gently press the fish down so it is just covered with liquid. Cook only until fish barely flakes (4-5 minutes).
- Add the lobster and every last drop of butter from the skillet to the Dutch oven. Reduce the heat to low. Add the heavy cream and the light cream. If you think you’re going to run out of room in the pot, skimp on the light cream, not the heavy.
- Allow the chowder to warm through. Keep on low heat until serving or refrigerate and slowly heat up before serving. Don’t allow to boil.
Cripes, I think I might have to give her two unicorns to undo the pain I've caused her this summer. Maybe one with ribbons and curls wearing a tutu, and the other one in chef's hat wearing a funky apron with lobsters all over it. I almost feel bad. *skips off to braid Movita's unicorn's mane*
A huge thank you to Rachael for swooping in to save the day. You are my hero and I'll Thelma and Louise it with you any day. Well, except today. Cuz today I'm hurtling in the opposite direction with my crappy kids lol-ing our hearts out. But next summer, well, that's all you baby. You can cook for me and teach me to dance. I'd suggest some steel toed boots for that project. Lunie ain't graceful. Not even a little.
Make sure you stop by Rachael's blog, Movita Beaucoup and stalk the living crap outta her. She's on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest so stalk her all those places too. You will love her so much you'll probably stop reading my blog. Hm, okay so maybe this was a bad plan...
I'd also like to thank Movita for bringing back some wonderful memories of my dad. He grew up out east and was a seafood junkie. So chowder was something he ate a ton of. We even had live lobsters swimming in our bathtub from time to time. And a little known fact about Lunie, when I was a wee little baby my folks gave me a stuffed lobster to sleep with. There are pictures of me hanging out with my lobster. I'm not sure what was wrong with my folks that they thought giving a wee little baby a toy with scary claws was a good idea. I'm convinced it's why I have insomnia to this day. I mean seriously, ever heard of a cuddly teddy bear. Cripes!
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Thanks for letting me guest post on your blog. Also, thanks for saying nice stuff about me. I'm glad I've brought some East Coast back into your life.
Now cut it out with the LOL's. They are disgusting.
Lol Movita, you make me lol and I really needed a good lol right now!
I am so over the moon happy you agreed to do this for me. I loves ya big time. I also loves your chowder. Big time.
Oh and ...
lol...just one last one for fun!
Oooh yummy chowder. I am keeping that one bookmarked for when the cooler weather is here.
Thanks for visiting Carolyn. Movita is a rock star with seafood. And baking. Love her to bits.
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen
Kim, enjoy your hols. Rachael, love brothy chowder much more than creamy so this is right up my street.
Thanks so much Hester. We had a blast our first day. Laughed our heads off all day in the car. Tired but having so much fun so far.
Anita at Hungry Couple
We actually just got back from Maine where it was a seafood fest and every store sells giant stuffed lobsters. Sounds like both Rachael and Kim would feel right at home!
I wish I still had my stuffed animal lobster from when I was a wee little baby. I'll have to post the pic when I get home.
Movita rocks the chowder.
Hope you had a blast in Maine. Can't wait to swap trip stories. Day one went well. Lots of giggling.
Great recipe. And really funny reading today - the two of you make a great pair. Thanks to you Kim for asking Rachael to guest post, and thanks, Rachael, for doing such a terrific job!
Thanks so much for visiting. You always brighten my day. I cannot wait to meet Miss Movita in person. Next year. Cuz I'm with my crappy kids right now. Lol!
YUM!!! I love a steamy bowl of chowder!! Looks delicious! Thanks for the wonderful guest post ladies. 🙂
Thanks for visiting Ramona. I'm thinking by the looks of Movita's chowder that I would much prefer her more broth like one over a creamy. I am not a creamy fan. Hope all is well with you. Hoping to have at least one day with down time to visit you and some of my other besties. xx
DB-The Foodie Stuntman
As the weather turns, I'm definitely making this because it sounds very hearty...
I just love hearty soups. I love summer but I also look forward to winter for things like this.
Steve @ the black peppercorn
what a delicious looking clam chowder! Great guest post!!!!
Thanks so much for swinging by Steve.
Nova Scotia is where you shove fish in peoples' faces!? I want to go to there. 🙂 For a lobster lover like me, what could be better?
Makes you wanna hop on a plane asap right. Love Movita and her wit. Thanks so much for visiting.
Oh to have access to so wonderful seafood! This chowder looks fabulous and would be great to warm the body and soul! Great post you two!
I think I would lose my mind out east. Lobster=yum, but my heart belongs to halibut and haddock. So I'd be swimming in it out there. Thanks so much for visiting.
Dudes... YOU CAN EAT CHOWDER IN THE SUMMER. In fact, we eat seafood chowder far more often in the summer than any other time of year. Mostly because that's when families get together (vacations), and tourists hit our fishy restaurants. Chowder is perfect at barbecues, at the beach, on decks - as an appetizer or as a main - we eat it all year. It's very popular as a pre-meal treat. Last weekend we ate huge bowls of chowder at a cottage overlooking the ocean - there was no snow. In fact, it was very hot and summery. Don't wait for cold weather to eat your favourite chowders - get 'em in yer bellies now.
That was public service announcement. You're welcome.
*falls down laughing*
Great post! Love the chowder, and love that you love Kim enough to call her kid crappy and she didn't even care! 🙂 But this, this one really got me: "That one day the doorbell would chime, and I would open the door to find Kim sitting atop a horse with a saddle bag full of sugary cereal." This didn't just make me lol, it made me ROTFLMAO!!!!!! 🙂
Lol Mellz, I fell off my chair when I read that. Only Movita could get away with that and it sounds adorable.
I am trying to train my horse not eat the cereal out of the saddlebags for our future trip out east.
Poor Movita. Gettin' her hopes up on a visit from Kim. I feel for you, lady.
This chowder looks so good. In my opinion, brothy is better. My hubs would disagree. The thicker the better, for him- like gravy. Yuck! Who cares about him. It's all about me, anyway, and I like brothy. Pinned!
I feel so bad I bailed on her. Except for that day I saw the Badlands, and maybe that day I say the Rockies. Or the day I took my crappy kid to Ikea. *giggles*
I gotta make this for my sis in law. It's spectacular, just like Miss Movita.
I never use lol but I must say that the two of you tempt me sorely! Love you both!
Isabelle @ Crumb
This chowder makes me miss the East Coast so damn bad. 🙁 I mean, what's not to love about a province where they sell carry-on packages of live lobster, and where chowder is done up properly (ie. brothy with lots of big chunks of seafoody goodness)?
However, as sad as I am about not being on the East Coast right now, I'm happy to see a post by two of the most hilarious ladybloggers. In fact, I might have giggled a few times. Out loud. In the office.
Kim, hope your travels with your crappy kids are going well! 🙂
I swear Movita makes me want to move East. This chowder looks ridiculously good.
My travels with my crappy kids was epic, both good and bad. I swear life is never dull in the Bee household.