Why do we “knock wood” to avoid bad luck?

By Linda Browne April is here, the month of pranks, hoaxes (which seem to get more elaborate every year) and all kinds of fun foolery. If you’re a superstitious type, you might be knocking on wood a bit more heartily this time of year to protect yourself from becoming prey to pranksters and to keep…

Recipe: Salt Cod Inspiration

By Andrea Maunder I love salt cod. But it’s not something I think about cooking for myself too often. I like my fish and brewis in loads of butter and slivers of nicely browned onions; and my fish cakes, crispy and generously coddy, with mustard pickle. These dishes are by far the most popular way…

Spring Trouting Ban: Any Need of It?

By Gord Follett The one-month closure of the trout fishing season in Newfoundland from mid-April to mid-May is never a completely dead issue, but every now and then something or somebody sparks a lengthy debate on the pros and cons of this federal regulation. This year, well-known angler and conservationist Paul Smith of Spaniard’s Bay…