When you visit PEI, you are either “back home” or you’re “from away”. But wherever you hail from, there is something about the Island that keeps you coming back, year after year.
For Erin Stanfield and Jessica Gavin, PEI summers are all about big, beautiful family meals made from whatever is fresh. Seafood straight from a wharf shack, local greens from the farmer’s market, and of course wild berries picked in the fields are staples at most suppers.
After a long, landlocked winter, the passionate amateur chefs are ready to celebrate the coming months of sun and sea with a cottage-style cookout.
Solomon Gundy (aka pickled herring) with crème fraiche, Chive Biscuits & Preserves
Sandbar Clam Trio
clam broth with lobster tomalley; deep fried soft shell with Sriracha tartar sauce; raw cherrystone on half shell with mint cucumber mignonette
Coleslaw with apple cider, crisp green apples, almonds and fennel
Mini Island Lobster Roll with lemon zest, haystack onions, on a milk bun
PEI Mussels drunk on Skreech with shallots
Braised PEI Beef Short Ribs on a bed of mashed Island new potatoes flecked with clothbound cheddar
Strawberry Social Shortcake with, gingersnap garnish
HOME: Charlottetown native Erin Stanfield grew up just a few blocks from the ocean. With brine in her bones, she has dabbled in cooking and preserving local and fresh ingredients from a young age.
AWAY: Jessica Gavin grew up on the left coast but fell in love with the Island after visiting Mary’s Bakery in Kensington, PEI. Which makes sense since she would rather bake than do pretty much anything else (except sleep).
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.