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We love talking about the lovely town of Hudson where we are located as well as anything else that pops into our head!  We hope you enjoy reading our blogs as they appear....sometimes frequently....sometimes less so when we get very busy.  

So, as an introduction to our hometown here's a potted history of Hudson.

The Town of Hudson lies on the Lake of Two Mountains (part of the Ottawa River) and is an off island town west of Montreal. A ferry from Hudson takes you across the lake to Oka famous for its cheese and beautiful scenery.  Hudson has a majority English speaking community although many people are bilingual, and is the home of an eclectic mix of people; artists, professionals, executives, retired, entrepreneurs, famous and not so famous families.  

The town centre is home to an equally diverse set of stores and businesses including crafts stores, restaurants, a village theatre, clothing stores, speciality food stores, and many more.  It is home to a Comedy Festival, Music Festival, Classic Car Show, a St Patrick's Day Parade and our new Canadian film festival.   We have a Film Society, Opera Society, Theatre events as well as our Theatre Expansion.  What a super project.  Le Nichoir ( a unesco site ) and our historical society. 

We are a pesticide free community, we love our animals and embrace everything green.  

The Hudson Yacht Club established in 1909 caters to young and old alike with its array of regattas and events. Hudson also hosts the famous Finnegan's Market - open Saturdays from the beginning of May until the end of October every year - a flea market with stalls showcasing local crafts, antiques, locally produced foodstuffs, jewellery, plants, etc...as well as a place to buy a hot dog or burger for a handy lunch.  On Thursday during the Summer we have a farmers market. 

What we do have is something intangeable.  A community spirit second to none. During the flooding last spring, young and old gathered at the fire station to hand fill sandbags.  Locals donated their time and effort.  Local businesses donated time money and food for our volunteers

This is Hudson! 

 

The Queen Mother has left the building....

Ladies and gentle men, Mesdames et Monsieur's, Noble Lords and Ladies  
A Dhaoine Uaisle.

I am now the former Queen Mum!    Not the late,  but the former Queen Mum!

          The Queen Mum Emeritus. 

We started our evening in fine fettle indeed.  I was joined by some loyal friends for Irish Coffees here at Gite 72.  
Using a good shot of Jamiesons, our Signature Coffee and the most  essential ingredient (besides the coffee ), fresh cream  - 40% MF,  no less.  I lined up my spoons, glasses of hot water, glass of cold; the technique I learned from those fruitful days spent as a Medieval Hostess at Bunratty Castle in Ireland.  Note I did not use the word "Wench"!   
I gingerly balance the tip of the cold spoon against the glass at the line of the coffee.  
Lifting the gently beaten cream with the warm spoon you delicately slide the cream across the back of the spoon.  It will easily slide off and sit perfectly on the top of the coffee/whiskey mix, producing a fine Irish Coffee.  Your lips instantly meet the thick cold cream, then the hot coffee and whiskey.  Perfect. 
Once you have served and drunk at least three of these coffees , this next piece is extremely important,  you hide in the kitchen with a spray can of cream, singing " too la roola too ra" ,  to drown the sound of the aerosol.  


There must be a solid line between the cream and coffee.  Cold then hot!

Some snacks of smoked salmon, on dark rye and Irish Brown Soda bread topped with crème fraîche or Sriracha Mayo.  Some dill. 
For our vegetarian friends, slices of cucumber, egg and creme fraiche.  Cherry tomatoes stuffed with egg salad.  Of course never forget to have the dark chocolate cake with our secret "boozy" cream icing.  

We made our way to Auberge Willow to attend the Queen and her court ceremony.  
Perhaps one or two sheets to the wind!

There, that evening, I handed my reign over to our next wonderful Queen Mum for 2016. 

What a great year.  My gratitude goes out to the team of organizers, the firefighters, paramedics , indeed crowd control WHO keep everybody safe during the march.   
Cunninghams Pub, our Irish pub, our designated headquarters for our wonderful parade.  


In the year 2015 they created a Queen Mum who embraced the title beyond expectations.  
There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that I had a great time.  


                 Merci beaucoup, Thank you, Go raibh mile maith agat.  

Shrove Tuesday - the feast before the famine.

We thought we'd share a recipe for the type of pancakes we all grew up on. Thin and crepe-like and a real treat for us.  The flipping of the pancake was always our favourite part of the preparation!    We didn't have access to Maple Syrup either.   Kerrygold butter, a good squeeze of lemon and sugar.   We select our maple syrup, today from the locale however old habits die hard, we still love it the Irish way   

PANCAKES

Ingredients:

8oz all purpose/plain flour
Pinch salt
2 eggs
2½ cups milk
2 tsp melted butter plus melted butter for cooking

Method:

Makes 12 pancakes

Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs and beat well until smooth and lump free.

Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.

Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.

Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter, heat until very hot and add a ladle of batter to evenly and thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden. Flip over (if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air, great fun) and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.

Remove the pancake from the pan, place on a sheet of kitchen paper and keep warm. Continue as above until all the batter is used up.


Enjoy!

The Cook's Cook - my article published in December/January Issue

Here is the link to my article published in The Cooks' Cook. We were delighted to be invited to submit an article to this publication. Let us know what you think!

Our link has disappeared but watch this space, we will share our recipe with you.  It always tastes better in Ireland so we have adapted to Canadian ingredients to produce the best copy we can.   

 

 

Mini Knickerbocker Glorious!

Little did we know when we brought a new item to our breakfast menu that it would prove so popular!  Our seasonally flavoured Mini Knickerbocker Glory or parfait has been a big hit with guests since we introduced it.  

We have extended our flavours to pumpkin and rhubarb and ginger for the Holiday/Fall period.  We love to keep our breakfast menu new and interesting so we tend to change items seasonally, using fresh and local  produce whenever possible.

If you haven't a sweet tooth, oh dear !

2015 St James' House Tour - 1

The Heat is on!    Great song!

The heat is now on to complete my wish list for this property and I could not have managed to bring it all together on my own.  It would not have happened without the help of Nancy, Mavis and Robin.   What a wonderful team.   

Over the winter I had downloaded many ideas from my favourite App, Houzz, to transform my back yard.   However when quotes and "guesstimates" started rolling in,  our little list began to shrink once more.  Mother Nature was also part of our team along with wonderful neighbours and friends who supply me with their expertise, food, muscle and manpower.   Molly, Kathy, Brett and Hilary, Sheila, Georgina and Al.  

 A local contractor designed the dog run into an L shape.   How great is it to have a contractor who is married to a vet.  It is a wonderful design. The Country Gardner and his team were instrumental in working with the landscaping.   Penney Gardens and those wonderful ladies designed and planted my English flower garden.   

June 2nd

.   I will always live in Peggy Bradshaw's home!   This is what happens in Hudson!  Maybe some day it will be Mins Home !     

June 4th 

I was up up at 5am  to apply finishing touches to the property. At 9am my doors flew open.  Efficiency, style , warmth and confidence arrived. The ladies from St James were here.  They were to take care of every aspect of showing my home for the day in my absence.  Of course Ingrid brought wonderful flower arrangements.  Shiela my neighbour took great care to help also.  This home had transformed in the past year, she had invested a lot of patience and ear plugs   

At 10am, as I left my home in those capable hands,   I needed to eat.   I made my way to the Church as I had heard that there was a wonderful lunch.   You would be serenaded by a string quartet and someone had made banoffee pie.  Hmm wonder who that was ?  

 The following year I donated my dark chocolate Guinness Cake with our boozy frosting.  The cake disappeared immediately into the fridge. One of my guests staying here asked for it and they were warned that there was " Alcohol " in it !! My guests, said " Bring it on"   It was produced, word went around the dining room and it was gone in 5 minutes   

Lunch was, as expected, phenomenal; served by men in Tuxedos. More mature Chippendales!  I hasten to add they were fully clothed.   

 After lunch  I had the courage to sneak back onto Birch Hill and caught a glimpse of people lined up down the street to see my home.  I  gasped as I saw the crowds of happy souls chatting excitedly to each other.  The fact that they were happy deleted that brief thought that the line up resembled that of a a state funeral!

What an incredible experience. 

It's not really about my home though, it's about the local charities that benefit from this wonderful day.  It's about the great community we live in; the volunteers, and the people who visit us each year    

Hudson is the BEST KEPT SECRET west of Montreal. When you give your heart to Hudson  It will borrow a piece and put it in safe keeping for your return. 

Thank you for my wonderful award of Home of Choice for the day.  Its my absolute pleasure to be part of this wonderful event. 

 

 

Welcome to the Gite 72 Blog!

We love talking about the lovely town of Hudson where we are located as well as anything else that pops into our head!  We hope you enjoy reading our blogs as they appear....sometimes frequently....sometimes less so when we get very busy.  

So, as an introduction to our hometown here's a potted history of Hudson.

The Town of Hudson lies on the Lake of Two Mountains (part of the Ottawa River) and is an off island town west of Montreal. A ferry from Hudson takes you across the lake to Oka famous for its cheese and beautiful scenery.  Hudson has a majority English speaking community although many people are bilingual, and is the home of an eclectic mix of people; artists, professionals, executives, retired, entrepreneurs, famous and not so famous families.  

The town centre is home to an equally diverse set of stores and businesses including crafts stores, restaurants, a village theatre, clothing stores, speciality food stores, and many more.  It is home to a Comedy Festival, Music Festival, Classic Car Show, a St Patrick's Day Parade and our new Canadian film festival.   We have a Film Society, Opera Society, Theatre events as well as our Theatre Expansion.  What a super project.  Le Nichoir ( a unesco site ) and our historical society. 

We are a pesticide free community, we love our animals and embrace everything green.  

The Hudson Yacht Club established in 1909 caters to young and old alike with its array of regattas and events. Hudson also hosts the famous Finnegan's Market - open Saturdays from the beginning of May until the end of October every year - a flea market with stalls showcasing local crafts, antiques, locally produced foodstuffs, jewellery, plants, etc...as well as a place to buy a hot dog or burger for a handy lunch.  On Thursday during the Summer we have a farmers market. 

What we do have is something intangeable.  A community spirit second to none. During the flooding last spring, young and old gathered at the fire station to hand fill sandbags.  Locals donated their time and effort.  Local businesses donated time money and food for our volunteers

This is Hudson!