Hodgepodge- Nova Scotian Comfort Food

I’ve mentioned previously that I don’t celebrate the typical Wiccan style holidays. That includes Lammas/Lughnasadh which comes up on August 1st.

However, I do recognize local, seasonal changes. And what can be more local and seasonal to Nova Scotia, than making Hodgepodge? This traditional dish is all the rage at the peak of summer. It is so popular, that grocery stores and farmers market the dish with displays dedicated to all the ingredients you need to make it. Alternatively, you can go milk your cow and dig up some hodgepodge veggies from your garden to make it fresh.

Here’s how I make mine. It’s a very loose recipe, I don’t measure anything.


  • New potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Butter (around 1/2 cup)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Salt
  • Dill *I don’t think dill is traditional, but the lady at the grocery store told me to try it out.
  • Flour
  1. Cut up your veggies into bite-sized pieces. Add the potatoes, carrots, and butter to a pot. Add enough salted water just to cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. When the potatoes are just starting to get soft, add your peas and beans. Once everything is cooked, add in 1/2 to 1 cup of heavy cream. Thicken with a little flour and water if desired. Add more salt to taste and about 1 tsp of dry dill.

Voila! You have what is basically salty, buttery cream garnished with starch. Fat and carbs, yummy!

What seasonal dishes are you making right now in your part of the world?



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