An Evening in the Maritimes

Another Ridiculously Easy but Very Impressive recipe, one that is so easy your friends won’t believe it when you tell them how you made it.

In years past, I’ve appeared on  “A-Channel Morning” here in Ottawa to help publicize “An Evening in the Maritimes”, a fundraiser hosted by Citizen Advocacy.  I have been a volunteer with CA for 7 years, and it is a wonderful organization with a very “hands-on” approach to service.  Each volunteer is matched with a member of the community who is at risk of social isolation due to a disability or illness, and the pair just hang out and do whatever they want to do.  My match and I go to movies, out to eat and shop, and check out gardens and craft shows.

Details of the May 31 fundraising dinner can be found here… There’s a delicious meal (including meat and vegetarian options as well as the traditional lobster dinner), Maritime entertainment, and an auction with amazing items.

Here is the super-easy recipe I made on the morning show in 2008… Serve it with a side of steamed local asparagus for a lovely little lunch.  If you don’t relish the idea of cracking up your own lobsters, use canned lump crabmeat for an easier preparation.

Lobster and Avocado Salad with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

Serves 2 for lunch or 4 as an appetizer

1 head of garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 – 1 pound lobsters, cooked

1 ripe avocado

Chop the tips off the head of garlic and place onto a sheet of aluminum foil.  Pour oil over the top, and wrap the foil around the garlic.  Roast in 400°F oven for 40-60 minutes. To save energy, do this while you’re cooking something else in the oven.

Let the garlic cool for at least 30 minutes, then squeeze the garlic out of the skin, mash it and stir it into the mayonnaise.

Remove lobster meat from the shells and chop into large pieces.  Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and chop into large pieces.

Toss the lobster and avocado with the garlic mayonnaise.

Dear Santa,

I hope you, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, the Elves and everybody else up at the North Pole are having a great year. You must be getting ready for your busy season – I know we are. I know you’ll just love the cookies we’re going to leave out for you this year. You certainly ate them all up last year, and the year before and the year before that!

The Fridge Fairies and I have been very good this year serving up yummy food for our clients, quickly and easily available to them in their own home at any time. They have less stress, more money AND more time for their family and friends so we know we must be on your NICE list!

Here are a few ideas some of our readers might be interested in.

Condiment Gun!
Go ahead, make my day with the Condiment Gun! Load up the ketchup, mustard or your favorite sauce and fire when ready. Watch as the kids ask for seconds and even thirds without even realizing it!

Dual Savings Bank
He says he saves more but, she says she saves more… prove it with the Dual Savings Bank. A fun and easy way to save up for that your monthly date night, a new iPad or even that dream getaway you’ve always dreamed of.

This paper cup is green and not paper at all
Do your best for the environment every morning with this eco-friendly porcelain ‘paper’ cup. It’s the last cup you’ll ever need. Enjoy your coffee and save a tree.

Time to spare: Beau’s Brewery

What are you going to do with your extra time now that your fridge is a Magic Fridge? How about: Beau’s Brewery

Beau’s Brewery is a locally, family-run brewing company pouring award winning, flavorful beer using only the highest quality, all natural ingredients. Their flagship brew, the Lug Tread Lagered Ale has been flying off LCBO shelves., it’s a masterful blend of fruitiness and flavor.

Now that we’ve wet your whistle…
Why not take a trip out to Vankleek Hill and meet the gang for a tour of the facilities. The tours is free and samples are provided but, it is an informational tour, not a drinking tour.

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company
10 Terry Fox Drive
Vankleek Hill, ON
KOB 1RO • PO BOX 279

Tel: (866) 585-BEER (2337)

My mom and dad came to visit for a few days…

My mom and dad came to visit for a few days… cooking for people you don’t usually cook for can be a challenge.  For example, my dad is lactose-intolerant and my mom doesn’t eat spicy food and has some issues with her teeth and jaws so her food can’t be too big, too chewy or too crunchy.  Here’s a menu that worked for both of them, used seasonal and simple foods, and was enjoyed by everyone!  I twittered about it last week, and recipes were requested, so here they are!

Crockpot hot chicken sandwiches with onion and roasted garlic gravy (my mom’s favourite)

1-2 onions, sliced
1 head of garlic
1 whole chicken (1.5-1.8kg)
Fresh thyme or sage
Bread to serve

Place the sliced onions in the crockpot.  Cut the top off the head of garlic, wrap the bottom it in foil, pour a little olive oil over top, wrap the foil up over the garlic and twist the top closed.

Place the chicken on the onions, and sprinkle thyme over top.  You don’t have to take the thyme off its stems.  Place the wrapped garlic in the crockpot wherever it will fit.

Do NOT add any liquid.  The onions will brown slightly on the bottom of the crock, then the chicken juices will drip out on top of them, so they won’t burn.

Cook on low for 5-7 hours.

Remove the chicken from the crock – it will fall apart, so tongs work well for this.  Place the chicken in a bowl to cool.  Remove the garlic package and the thyme stems from the crock, too.

Meanwhile, use a potato masher to mash the onions and chicken juices, right in the crockpot.  If you want a really smooth gravy, you can puree it in a smaller pot.

Open the top of the garlic package and squeeze out the cloves into the crock, holding the head using the foil wrapping.

Pour onions, garlic and juices into a smaller pot to make gravy.  Stir about 2 tablespoons of quick-blend flour into ¼ cup water and whisk this mixture into the juices.

Remove meat from chicken bones – it will be really easy, the crockpot makes the chicken sooo tender!

Place slices of bread on a plate, top with chicken and gravy.  Serve with peas or any other seasonal vegetable (I used green and yellow beans from Rosie’s roadside vegetable stand on Renaud Road)

Peach Rhubarb Crisp (Dad’s favourite)

2 cups chopped rhubarb
3 large peaches, peeled and chopped
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour

Put all in a large bowl and stir to combine; pour into baking pan (7×11 or 8×8 inch, or whatever pan works to be filled 2/3 of the way up)


1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup melted butter or margarine

Combine flour and sugar and mix well (I use my hands for this).  Add oats and combine, then pour butter in and stir with spoon or hands until butter is evenly mixed in.

Pour topping over fruit and spread evenly.

Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes until topping is browned and fruit is bubbling.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (I top Dad’s with soy or rice “ice cream” or maple syrup)

Cherry Pie – Ottawa’s Freshest Networking Event

Cherry Pie is a Fresh and Delicious networking event for women in business who mean business. Recently listed as the 4th biggest business organization in Ottawa (Ottawa Business Journal, 2009) and endorsed by the Ontario Minister of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (Minister Takhar) as an excellent networking tool makes Cherry Pie sweeter than ever!

On Sebptember 22, 2009, 7pm at Lago Restaurant (Dows Lake-Queen Elizabeth Driveway) CHERRY PIE proudly presents “SHOWTIME”.

A woman’s event without giving back is like a pie without filling and to this end Cherry Pie has chosen The Canine Rescue Team as the recipient of our fund-raising initiatives. This women operated business is currently overwhelmed right now with the amount abandoned animals in the Ottawa region)

For more information on this fabulous networking opportunity please contact:

Catherine Landry


The Lobsters Are Coming!

Don’t miss Evening in the Maritimes, the fundraiser event critics are giving two big claws up.

Evening in the Maritimes is back for its 15th consecutive year—and it’s bigger and better than ever.

Last year’s fundraiser dinner was a sell-out. With this year’s production featuring a 5-course lobster dinner accompanied with live music from Newfoundland’s Celtic rock band Rawlins Cross and a new location at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, we think tickets will be snapped up faster than photos of Tom Cruise’s daughter Suri.

All proceeds help support Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa, a United Way agency that matches people with disabilities in one-on-one relationships with volunteers from
their community.

Call 613-761-9522 or visit to
reserve your tickets today.

May 27, 2009
at 5:30 p.m.

Hilton Lac-Leamy

Tickets $125 each,
Corporate Tables $1500


Capital Cupcake Camp

On Sunday afternoon, March 29, I will be one of two chefs from The Magic Fridge who will participate in Capital Cupcake Camp, a charity event supporting Women Alive/Femme Active, a program of the City of Ottawa.

Attendees, known as “tasters”, will pay $5 for access to the Jack Purcell Community Center on Elgin Street, and can taste one or several of over 1000 cupcakes (and counting) made by Ottawa’s best professional and amateur bakers.

Leila Richard is a part-time chef with The Magic Fridge and a student in the Baking and Pastry Arts at Algonquin College. She will be making Chocolate Cupcakes filled with Mint-Chocolate Ganache, frosted with Mint Buttercream.

Julie Broczkowski, owner of The Magic Fridge, will stray off the beaten cupcake path with her entry of Swedish Meatloaf Mini-Cupcakes with Lingonberry filling, topped with Dill Mashed Potatoes.

About the Cause:

The Woman Alive Program provides affordable physical activity programs to women on limited income in order to increase their capacity to care for their own health.

Woman Alive/Femme Active offers fitness classes for a low cost of one dollar and lends a hand with many of the peripheral aspects that would normally add up in cost, including transportation to classes, fitness gear and childcare. The program also equips women with a wealth of valuable health information, helping them generate the capacity to care for their own health at home.

Developed in 1999, the Woman Alive/Femme active program was initially launched at the Kanata Leisure Centre, with a mission to create a physically active environment where no woman is judged on what she can do or what she wears. The program is a result of a collaborative effort between the City of Ottawa’s Public Health and Parks and Recreation Services, Partners in Healthy Living and the commitment of community agencies. Its success has led to Jack Purcell Community Centre, Plant Recreation Centre and Foster Farm Community Centre adopting the program.”

Welcome to The Magic Fridge

Welcome and thank you for visiting The Magic Fridge Blog!

In my own life, I have dealt with weight issues and severe food allergies. I have researched extensively into grocery shopping, cooking and nutrition and after 8 years of cooking professionally and over 20 years of cooking for my family, I feel uniquely  qualified to Blog about food and nutrition.

Please visit often for healthy recipes, expert advice and feel free to leave comments and participate as your comments are always welcomed.

Julie Broczkowski
The Magic Fridge