Savoury Clafouti with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cheddar and Basil

This was one of the great recipes Chef Anne Desjardins shared on stage at the Foire Gourmande in the lovely town of Ville Marie on the shores of Lake Temiscaming.  Being her sous chef was great fun.  We used the spectacular Cru du Clocher cheddar made in nearby Lorrainville.  On the side she did a...

Chickpea Flatbread (Socca)

Essentially a large chickpea pancake, socca comes from Provence and neighbouring Liguria, where it’s called farinata. Made using chickpea flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, high in protein and truly delicious. After baking, it can be used as is or as a base to top with any seasonal...

Annapolis Cider Vinegar & Poppyseed Dressing

Across Canada apple cider vinegar is being made in small, artisanal batches. In Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Boates Farm (www.boatvin.com) is producing what they are calling a “balsamic style apple cider vinegar.” When I picked up a bottle at their great roadside stand, I immediately thought of a...

Chilled Sour Cream-laced Cucumber Soup

This is our absolute favourite summer soup! 2 English cucumbers 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 1 small onion, minced. 2 tbsps (30 mL) all purpose flour 3 cups (750 mL) chicken or vegetable stock Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream or buttermilk 1 garlic...

Golden Flax & Buttermilk Crackers

Absolutely perfect to go along with a selection of Canadian cheeses or charcuterie.   1 1/2 cup (375 mL) whole wheat flour 1/2 cup (125 mL) oat bran 1/4 cup (50 mL) ground golden flax 2 Tbsp (25 mL) whole golden flaxseed 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil 1/2...

Soupe à l’oignon à la Blanche de Chambly

This may be the most delicious onion soup you’ve ever tasted. Using the great wheat beer, Blanche d Chambly, brewed by Unibroue (Sleemans), it is best when topped with a a full flavoured, well-aged cheddar like l’Ancêtre, also from Quebec. • 2 tbsps (30 mL) unsalted butter • 4 cups(1 L) chopped or...

John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quips. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very sensitive. So if there are any chemicals around, they die.” He shucks Malepeque, the branded...

Crispy Chickpeas and Pumpkin Seeds with Lime

Fuel your next exercise bout or begin your post-exercise recovery with this tasty, healthy snack that is rich in fiber and a good source of protein. Canola oil’s neutral taste lets the lively flavors of smoked paprika and lime step to the fore. This crunchy snack is great tossed into green salads...

Lentil Lemon Soup

2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped pinch hot red pepper flakes 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin 1½ cups (375 mL) dry split red lentils, cleaned and rinsed 6 cups (1.5L) chicken stock 2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice 2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped salt and pepper to...

Barley and Lentil Soup

This soup combines the two Prairie culinary powerhouses…barley and lentils.    2 onions, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil ½ tsp.(2 mL) ginger ½ tsp(2 mL) paprika ½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric 4 ½ cups (1.125 L)  beef stock 1 can (796 ml|28 ounce) tomatoes, chopped or diced ¾...

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