Rebecca and Fraser: A Polar Bear Wedding Announcement

September 30, 2011 by  
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Rebecca and Fraser are getting married!  It’s true.  Our daughter and her lifelong friend Fraser Issac have decided to throw their hats into the ring and tie the knot!

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Rebecca and Fraser

Rebecca and Fraser will be married on October 8, 2011.  The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on our yard in Kleefeld, Manitoba.  They have decided to take a chance on Mother Nature and have planned for an outdoor wedding, so we are hoping for a beautiful fall day.  There should be an amazing backdrop for the event with all of the leaves changing colour. The trees will be gorgeous and the leaves that fall will provide us with an enchanting kaleidoscope carpet!

Let’s back up a few years and I will tell you how this all came to be.

Seven years ago, the Reimer Family decided to make the fateful move to Kleefeld, Manitoba from our long time home in Churchill.  It was a heart wrenching move, as Churchill was the childhood home for five out of the six members of our family.

Our move came about fairly quickly, without a lot of time to find just the right home, so we moved into a tiny house on Hanover Road until we could find what we needed for our family.  The family next door was the first to visit us and welcome us to our new home. And they had kids!

We became fast friends.  Their eldest, a boy named Fraser, just happened to be the same age as our oldest daughter, Rebecca.  Their daughter, Anja, a bubbly, friendly girl, soon spent many hours with our daughters.  Fraser made it his mission to welcome the new girl in his grade and the two fast became a pair.

Rebecca and Fraser “hung out” for all of Grade 9 and most of Grade 10, back when Rebecca was still taller than him!  By the end of Grade 10 their social circles were changing, we had moved to a new home down the road and their paths did not cross as much for a few years.

Fast forward three years and we found our daughter in college and living in Winnipeg with relatives and Fraser working in the city in between his university terms.  They seemed to find time to start “hanging out” again and before we knew it, they had made it official and started dating.  That was a year and half ago, and we are so pleased to have Fraser joining our family.  He is literally the “boy next door”, but now MUCH taller than Rebecca, working on a college engineering degree and growing into a man of strong integrity who we have been proud to welcome into our lives.

As previously mentioned, Rebecca is our oldest daughter and just recently turned 21.  She has grown up with Polar Bears at Seal River and fishing at North Knife Lake.  She has been charged by a Polar Bear (fortunately when on the right side of the fence!), caught Manitoba Master angler fish and had a photo published in National Geographic Traveler. She has also spent countless hours snowmobiling with her family and friends, successfully hunted caribou and moose with her dad, been back up driver on Seal River ATV tours.  She’s proven she can take on anything that’s thrown at her.  Rebecca is thrilled to have found someone to share her love of the outdoors and adventure with. Fraser has embraced the north, but has also shown her the magic and beauty of the south.

peek-a-boo polar bear

Rebecca's picture appeared in National Geographic Traveler Magazine in a story about Churchill Wild's Seal River Heritage Lodge

We expect to see both of them making cameo appearances at the lodges over the next several years – if we can’t hook ‘em into some full time work!

Immediate future plans involve living in an apartment in Winnipeg while Fraser finishes the last year and a half of his education. From there, the possibilities are wide open!

You can read their engagement story and see their smiling faces on www.FraserandRebecca.com.  Thanks for reading and sharing in our lives!

Please head over to our Facebook page, “like us” and send your comments to Rebecca & Fraser.

Jeanne & Mike

North Knife Lake Fish Balls – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers – Week 10

September 23, 2011 by  
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North Knife Lake Fish Balls

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Delicious!

This is one of Mike’s favorite concoctions and we love to use it as a taste teaser! He has handed the recipe on to us but whenever he is at the lodge we let him prepare it. This recipe uses cooked lake trout or pike so we usually freeze some after we have it baked for dinner. We serve this with either seafood sauce or Shari’s Honey Dill Sauce.

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 1 cup flaked cooked fish (250 mL)
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (250 mL)
  • 2  eggs
  • 1/2 cup fine cracker crumbs (125 mL)
  • 2 tbsp.  Dymond Lake Seasoning (30 mL)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (60 mL)
  • 1/2 cup fine cracker crumbs (125 mL)

Preparation Instructions

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or heavy pot to 375°F (190°C). It should be at a depth of about 3 inches (7 cm) in the heavy pot or follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for your deep-fryer.

2. Mix the first 6 ingredients listed above together well. Form into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls. Roll in the second measurement of cracker crumbs, to coat the fish balls.

3. Drop the fish balls carefully into the hot oil and fry until a deep golden brown. This takes only 3-4 minutes. Drain and serve.

Makes 4 dozen.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: We like to put a small bowl of sauce in the middle of a platter and surround it with fish balls. Looks great and tastes great!

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Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

This is the tenth in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post a new one every week or so. Make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

 

Goose Tidbits – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers – Week 9

This was the first appetizer Jeanne’s Mom Helen learned to make at Dymond Lake, over 20 years ago.  The recipe was given to her by a guest. She found that guests were the best source of excellent wild game recipes.

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Delicious!

Jeanne still makes goose tidbits for many guests and has passed the recipe further to her daughters (who can often be found in the kitchen at any Churchill Wild lodge!

Everyone raves about them and it is such a simple recipe. This is best done with YVGB (Jeanne’s Dad Doug’s abbreviation for young, virgin, goose boobies).

  • several goose breasts
  • butter — the real thing!
  • Dymond Lake Seasoning or seasoned pepper
  • white vermouth

1. Lay the goose breast flat on the cutting board and, with a sharp knife, slice along the top to make very thin slices.

2. Melt 2 tbsp. (30 mL) butter in a heavy frying pan over medium-high heat until it is sizzling.

3. Lay the goose slices in the frying pan and sprinkle liberally with Dymond Lake Seasoning or seasoned pepper. They should brown quite quickly. If they do not, turn up the heat a bit. When they are nicely browned on one side turn them over, sprinkle liberally again with Dymond Lake Seasoning or seasoned pepper. Brown for about a minute.

4. Splash in about 1¼ cup (60 mL) of white vermouth. Let the breasts simmer in the vermouth for about a minute.

5. Remove from pan and serve immediately, with toothpicks.

6. Repeat the process until you have enough appetizers.

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 Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

This is the ninth in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post a new one every week or so. Make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

 

Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

Fruit Sauce – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers – Week 8

Try this as a dip or a sauce for any of the Arctic Appetizer recipes. This recipe makes for a great flavour boost for almost anything!

  • 3 tbsp. cider vinegar  (45 ml)
  • 1 cup  apricot or peach jam (250 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika (1 ml) 

Combine all ingredients and pour into a small glass dish.

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 Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

This is the eighth in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post a new one every week or so. Make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

Duck Taste Teaser With Bacon & Water Chestnuts – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers – Week 7

A very long name for a very simple but yummy recipe!

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Delicious!

  • 1 cup dry red wine  (250 ml)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, OR 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) garlic  powder (2ml)
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (15 ml)
  • 6-8 duck breasts or 3-4 young goose breasts,  cut into bite-sized pieces 6-8
  • 10 oz. can sliced water chestnuts (284 ml)
  • 1 lb. thinly sliced bacon strips, halved (454 g)

1. Combine red wine, garlic and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the duck pieces and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

2. Remove duck pieces from the marinade, place a slice of water chestnut on each side, wrap with a bacon strip and secure with a wooden pick. They may be prepared ahead to this point, covered and refrigerated.

3. Roast at 350°F (180°C) for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is cooked. Serve hot!

Makes 3 dozen.

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 Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

This is the seventh in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post a new one every week or so. Make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Arctic Touch Quesadillas – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers – Week 6

August 11, 2011 by  
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Following the tortillas is a long list of ingredients that can be used in your quesadillas. The recipes given are only suggestions, and the only necessary ingredient is the cheese – it holds it all together.

  •           large, soft tortillas
  •           grated Cheddar OR mozzarella cheese
  •           picante sauce
  •           salsa
  •           sour cream
  •           horseradish
  •           chopped onion
  •           chopped sweet peppers, green OR red
  •           chopped jalapeño peppers
  •           chopped tomatoes
  •           sliced mushrooms
  •           capers
  •           sliced olives, green OR black
  •           crumbled bacon
  •           chopped ham
  •           any cooked OR smoked meat of your choice
  •           smoked fish
  •           anchovies
  •           refried beans

Warm 1 side of 2 tortillas first on a hot skillet, so that they puff a little (15 seconds will do). Remove tortillas to a working surface, and start building the quesadillas on 1 tortilla, by layering your choice of ingredients. Top with the second tortilla. Return to hot skillet and brown for 1 minute. Turn (that’s the challenging part!) and brown on the other side for 1 minute. The cheese should be slightly melted. Remove to a cutting surface, cut into 6 pieces, like a pie, and serve for lunch or snacks*.

Suggestion #1 – The Starter

  •           salsa
  •           crumbled bacon
  •           chopped onions
  •           sliced green olives
  •           grated Cheddar cheese

Suggestion #2 – The Hot One!

  •           sour cream
  •           picante sauce
  •           chopped pepperoni
  •           pickled jalapeño peppers, chopped
  •           sliced black olives
  •           grated mozzarella cheese

Suggestion #3 – North Knife Lake Special

  •           sour cream
  •           horseradish
  •           chopped tomatoes
  •           smoked fish
  •           capers
  •           sliced black olives
  •           grated Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses     

This is finger food, like a sandwich. Generally make 1 double quesadilla per person.

*To serve as an hors d’oeuvre, cut each slice into irregular shapes. Decorate with slices of jalapeño or olive, held in place with a toothpick.

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Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.
 
 

 

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

 

Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

 

This is the sixth in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post one a week so make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Landlocked Lobster – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers Week #3

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Delicious!

Landlocked Lobster

The very brief cooking time, at high heat, is the secret to the lobster-like texture of this fish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (125 ml)
  • 2 tsp.  crushed fresh garlic  (10 ml)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (15 m)
  • northern pike OR a similar firm, white, fresh-water boneless fish fillet

Preparation Instructions

1. Mix warm, melted butter with garlic and parsley. Place in a small serving bowl, on a small serving plate.

2. Cut fish into strips, approximately 2″ (5 cm) long. Drop fish into boiling, salted water, a few strips at a time, so water doesn’t stop boiling. Boil 1 minute. Drain. Repeat with remaining strips.

3. Place warm fish on plate, surrounding the bowl of butter dip. Serve with toothpicks.
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Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

This is the third in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post one a week so make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

Wild Meatball Taste Teasers – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers Week #2

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Churchill Wild Delicious!

Wild Meatball Taste Teasers

Helen’s daughter, Shari, is a natural cook (which she comes by naturally), who naturally loves to experiment. This is her invention and it is delectable –  naturally!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground caribou (moose, deer or elk) 1 kg
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce 45 mL
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar 15 mL
  • 10 oz. can water chestnuts, finely chopped 284 mL
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 125 ml
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes or 1 tbsp. (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley 5 ml
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) garlic powder 2 ml

Preparation Instructions

1.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2 . Shape into bite-sized balls (approximately 4 dozen).

3.  Place meatballs on a greased baking sheet with sides and bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 15 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen meatballs.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve hot with fruit sauce or sauce of your choice. Center fruit sauce on a glass plate and surround with meatballs. Provide picks. Now enjoy!

Note: If you make these ahead, just reheat them in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.

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Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

This is the second in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post one a week so make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

Gavin’s Caribou Strips – Jeanne’s Arctic Appetizers Week #1

June 16, 2011 by  
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Churchill Wild Delicious!

Gavin’s Caribou Strips

Gavin is Helen’s brother-in-law. We have watched a strange phenomenon develop through the years. We used to exchange recipes with sisters and sisters-in-law but nowadays it is just as likely to be one of the males in the family who has just found or produced a great recipe. This hors d’oeuvre is a winner. We have even served it to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. caribou strips, approximately 1/2 by 2 ½ inches 1 kg  (1 x 6 cm)
  • 1 cup flour 250 mL
  • 2 tsp. Dymond Lake Seasoning or 1 tsp. (5mL) each of seasoned salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 60 mL
  • 2 tbsp.  butter OR margarine 30 mL

Garlicky Wine Marinade

  • 2 cups dry red wine 500 mL
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp.    soy sauce 30 mL
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard    2 mL

Preparation Instructions:

1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients and add the caribou strips. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight if more convenient.

2. Mix the flour and seasoning. Dredge (shake in flour until completely coated) the drained caribou strips in the flour and sauté (fry quickly, stirring constantly over high heat to seal in the juices) in the oil and butter, a handful at a time, until nicely browned. You may have to add more oil and butter.

3. Serve with wooden toothpicks.

Makes 8 dozen strips.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

These are delicious on their own but also taste great with a very simple dipping sauce made with 1 ¼ cup (60 mL) of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce mixed with 1 ¼ cup (60 mL) peach or apricot jam! Enjoy!

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Jeanne Reimer

Jeanne Reimer

This is the first in our series of Arctic Appetizers. We’ll post one a week so make sure to check back regularly. Why? Because we serve these at our lodges and they are really, really good!

Please let us know if you try them. We would love to know what you think.

Thanks!

Jeanne Reimer

 

Hauling Jeanne’s new gourmet kitchen through polar bear country and across the sea ice to Seal River Lodge

May 4, 2011 by  
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by Mike Reimer

Arctic sunshine on Hudson Bay

Sunshine in polar bear country!

Well folks, once again man pitted his slightly aging wits against the elements of Hudson Bay and survived. Thank goodness we were blessed with exceptionally good weather and sea ice conditions that were perfect for transporting materials to the lodges from Churchill.

Jeanne’s gourmet kitchen equipment and cupboards had been shipped from Winnipeg to Churchill by train a month prior and now all that remained was the “simple” task of getting them over the rugged Hudson Bay ice to the polar bear lodge.

All of our winter hauls involve a high level of adventure including high tide overflow, jumbled pack ice on Hudson Bay, raging blizzards, wind chills down to -50 degrees, marauding polar bears, frozen limbs, broken equipment and workers that actually wanted to eat more than once a day.

I think we could sell this as an “Extreme Adventure” to polar bear land or maybe do one of those reality TV shows! Fortunately other than some long, hard days in the saddle, the “extreme conditions” gave us a break this year and almost everything went off without a hitch.

A welcome fire on the sea ice

A welcome fire on a frigid day!

The Hauling Team consisted of Mike Reimer, Dave Schellenberg, Fraser Issac and Steve Toews, ably supported by Doug Webber as chief cook and bottle washer. Due to the relatively light load (7000 kgs) we elected to transport everything via snowmobile and komatik rather than firing up the old D6 Cat we normally use.

Freighting went well, weather was brilliant and all pieces arrived safe and sound after a two day adventure. Once the hauling was done the real worked commenced, that being the business of collecting our supply of firewood.

Visitors to our polar bear lodges will quickly see that this in itself is quite a feat, as there is hardly a stick in sight! Luckily, travel and exploration inland by snowmobile usually yields some pretty good stands of dead timber for burning, some of it over 300 years old!

Fraser and Steve had a tough time keeping up with the old guys and probably won’t care to see a wood haul for a bit, at least not until next year.

 

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