It is Thanksgiving after all… A time when most families gather around feasts of bountiful harvest and scrumptious fare. For us, it is tradition to prepare the cottage for the long winter ahead, «closing it» until next spring. Reconvening at a fancy table piled high with all the traditional fixing has never really been the scene for us. There has been some big turkey dinners cooked at the cottage over the years but for the most part, we try to keep it simple. The pantry and fridge will need emptying and the extras, doubles and left overs will later have to be crammed… Read More
Seems a recent photo of mushrooms piled high in a skillet while making a little leek and wild mushroom appy made many salivate after I shared it on Instagram and Facebook! I have received a few requests for the recipe… Normally, and if I hope to share or blog a recipe, I plan a little better, taking proper measurements and jotting everything down as I go. I turn on the OCD part of my personality. Hence the reason why I do not post recipes as often as I wish… This was not one of those times… It was more like letting loose… Read More
Freshly picked apples are starting to grace the farmer’s market stalls and the produce aisles of your favourite grocery store. As much as apples remind us that the end of summer is near, there is nothing like the taste of new crop apples: crisp, juicy, sweet, tart… Just like tomatoes in January, that «just picked from the orchard» taste won’t last much past the first few frosts. Apples are one of the most beloved fruits when it comes to cooking and baking. They are so versatile, so easily accessible: nothing beats a scrumptious apple pie or a fragrant apple crisp straight out… Read More
Gently shake the jars around and watch the spices dance around appetizingly colourful vegetables: like a culinary snow globe….
I owe a lot to the Queen Mother, my mother-in-law, in more ways than one. At the forefront of my gratitude is her willingness to share her only child with me: my King (her Prince) has been my very best friend, my partner and my soul mate for nearly 28 years now as well as a very loving & dedicated father to our two sons. My mom-in-law loved me like a daughter and treated me even better. She took the weight off my “mother of young children” shoulders when I needed it the most. She spoiled my kids rotten. She delivered many homemade meals… Read More
Being on vacation this week is blissful. Being on vacation this week without any plans at all is pretty sweet. Being on vacation this week with ample time to write and add to my blog is heaven! It is extremely rejuvenating to simply breath… To wake up with the sun, grab a coffee, read stuff I never take the time to read, in my PJs until late in the morning, now this is what I call a real vacation from life! I can even take the time to write without guilt: no chores really, no appointments, no meetings. I am hanging… Read More
The produce is bountiful again here in my little corner of the world. For such a short period… I am enveloped with nostalgia, trying to bring the Mediterranean back to me by capturing the flavours of Provence in my Canadian kitchen.
If I were a purist, I would tell you that this salad is far from an authentic Vietnamese or Thai noodle salad. I would tell you that we, North Americans, tend to «Americanize» everything and that in the end, foods from other cultures served here are a pale comparison of the original ethnic dish at the source of inspiration. And if I was a purist, I would tell you that recipes like the one I am about to share do not respect the culture and flavour profile of the real deal rice noodle. I would even go as far as to… Read More