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I was prompted by a recent blog entry about SPAM to write about this, hey we are lock into our homes for a month now! I know it is one of those things people look down upon, snooty like. So I remembered that just last week I was looking at Chef Bonita who lives in Newfoundland, known as The Rock in Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada in 1949, previously it was a poor and much forgotten colony of Britain.

Newfoundland is known for its very distinct cuisine, much to do with delicious Cod dishes and other recipes. I remember a Cod au Gratin dish served at a dinner decades ago as if it was last night, it was that good.

So here Chef Bonita who makes her video in her home kitchen has a recipe for Corned Beef Cakes. Corned Beef is nothing like gelatinous SPAM. It’s just cured beef. Carribean people usually cook it in a skillet with some onions, bell peppers, garlic, tomato paste/ketchup, and seasoning. On the other hand SPAM stands for ‘specially processed American meat’ SPAM was invented in 1937 by Jay Hormel, who was looking for a way to sell the underused shoulder portions of hogs. So mystery meat in other words.


CORNED BEEF is a totally different kettle of fish so to speak. It can also be eaten cold with a nice mustard, I have once in a while this epicurean penchant for Corned Beef. Please enjoy this video about Corned Beef cakes by Chef Bonita.