BITE Foodie Newsletter from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

Welcome to BITE - your Nova Scotia food and beverage newsletter. The Foodie Edition will provide you with interesting articles, upcoming events, current restaurant information, recipes and more!

Staying Safe During Covid-19
Indoor Easter Activities

Check out this article for some fun Easter activities you can do inside.

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New Things to Try in the Kitchen
Roast Lamb For Easter
Ingredients for 8 servings
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary(10 g)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 shallots
  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 5 lb leg of lamb(2.5 kg), boneless
  • 1 carrot
  • potato
  • onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • olive oil
  • 8 slices garlic bread
  1. Create the herb rub in a food processor. Pulse the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, shallots, thyme, pepper and salt together until you have a thick paste.
  2. Spread out the leg of lamb and rub half of the herb rub all over the exposed side of the lamb.
  3. Roll up and securely tie the leg of lamb together with kitchen twine.
  4. In the roasting pan, spread out the carrots, onions, potatoes, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and oil.
  5. Rest the leg of lamb on top of the vegetables. Pour the rest of the herb rub all over the leg of lamb, spread out so it coats evenly.
  6. Roast at 450°F (230°C) for 50 - 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 130°F (55°C) for medium rare.
  7. Remove the leg of lamb and let it rest of 20 minutes before you remove the kitchen twine to carve.
  8. Serve with the roasted vegetables.
  9. Enjoy! 
See recipe details  here!
Hot Cocoa Cookies
  • 1 cup  brown sugar  (220 g)
  • ½ cup  white sugar  (100 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz  unsweetened chocolate  (115 g)
  • 1 cup  flour  (125 g)
  • ½ cup  cocoa powder (60 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon  cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon  chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon  cayenne pepper, optional
  • ½ cup   chocolate chips (85 g)
  • 12 large marshmallows
  1. Beat brown sugar, white sugar, and eggs.
  2. Melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter, allow to cool. Mix into the egg and sugar mixture.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients, and mix thoroughly (you don't want any cayenne pepper clumps!).
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Space out 12 cookies on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 13 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven.
  7. Top each one with a large marshmallow.
  8. Broil for 30 seconds, until the marshmallows have just started to brown.
  9. Enjoy!
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How to bake a perfect ham

  • If you're starting with a fully cooked city ham, bake it in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes per pound. If your ham is only partially cooked, bake it for 20 minutes per pound.
  • To help keep your ham moist and juicy, place the ham cut-side down in a baking pan and tent it with foil.
  • Every 20 minutes or so, brush the ham with glaze and baste it with the pan juices.
  • To finish, remove the foil tent, brush the ham with glaze and pan juices one more time, and turn the oven to broil. Broil for about about 3-to-5 minutes until the outside glaze is deliciously caramelized -- but watch it closely so it doesn't get too dark.
  • Before carving your baked ham, let it rest 15 minutes to redistribute juices and firm up the meat.
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Banana Bread
  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter, unsalted or salted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a  4x8-inch loaf pan.
2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren't crumbly.)

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In the Know
How mindful baking can improve your mood and reduce stress
Baking bread can form part of a mindful practice called 'grounding', where you use an activity to help you connect with the current moment.

Studies have shown that baking has many therapeutic qualities and can help to relieve stress.

Read more  here !
Happy Easter All

Every $2 donation means Feed NS can distribute enough food to provide 3 meals. If able to contribute, Feed NS could really use our support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To support and find out how you can help, please visit FEED NOVA SCOTIA !


Dine & Stay Home is a collaborative initiative where partners from across the city and province are coming together to help support local food and beverage businesses. We are encouraging all locals who are able and comfortable to help #supportlocaleats when you #DineandStayHome.

Shared resources created by our community partners via @DineAroundHFX on Instagram ( about how you can #supportlocaleats while practicing #socialdistancing:

-Find out where to order Delivey from your favorite restaurants
-Pick up a growler from your neighborhood brewery
-Or order your produce from the farmer's markets ONLINE storefront.

Additionally, grab TWO NEW shareable Easter graphics here
The Curated Guide

Visit here for additional restaurants doing take-out/pick-up.

Holiday Hours

All NSLC stores will be closed Friday, April 10 and Sunday, April 12. Please call ahead to your local NSLC if you have any questions about store hours. Have a safe Easter!
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Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia