Isn’t it great when someone throws open their doors to an unexpected visitor… and that someone is Canada?
On this Canada Day I’m reminded of the good people of Ontario (and, of course the other nine provinces and three territories).
It’s just that the Ontarians gave home and hospitality to my Grandfather, uncle and brother at various times over the last 100 years… www.mytravelanimal.com.
All of which gained me entrance to their annual bash in Dublin which they were holding downstairs from the Adams & Butler Luxury Travel https:// www.adamsandbutler.com do.
Liquor had emboldened me to ask entry.
And before I knew it I was telling my story to the Ontarians and taking part in a table quiz.
Most of the answers I’ve already forgotten.
But I do now know that Thousand Islands Dressing comes from the 1,864 islands.
They run up the St Lawrence along that 50 mile stretch of the Canadian and American border.
Legend has it that our favourite dressing was invented for George Boldt.
George, you’ll know as the Waldorf-Astoria https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/waldorf-astoria-new-york-NYCWAWA/index.html owner.
And the multi-millionaire happened to be out on a cruise.
With his wife off the coast of Boldt Castle which was the centrepiece of their heart-shaped island.
You wouldn’t want to be the chef then who forgot to bring dressing on board for the greens for the menu.
Luckily for him though he was inventive and whipped up a dressing from what was lying about…
Mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce and a hard-boiled egg.
Forget the mayo
The Canadian and New York link, the latter which was important too with the plethora of New York relatives which I have, wasn’t mentioned in Chez Murty when I was growing up.
Probably because it wasn’t known.
It was on the table because it was particularly popular in the Eighties.
We were broadening our tastes you see from Salad Cream and Mayonnaise.
So if you find yourself in a tizzy on your yacht or private cruise ship (although of course you’ll have people who stress out for you) here is how you put together a quick Thousand Island Dressing.
Of course this being Canada Day I trust too that you’ll have pancakes and maple syrup, catch of the day and salad, pecan pie and a Labatt Blue or Molson beer to ten to wash it all down.
So a Happy Canada Day and I’ll be delighted to hear again their favourite’eh’ refrain.
A case of Happy Canada D’eh, if you will.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.