Madeleines

Good eggs and butter are really the basis for the classic French pastries called Madeleines. Sift the flour, then measure it. If you don’t have a sifter, a large sieve will suffice.  The molds are available at kitchen supply stores or on line.  1 ¾ cups (425 mL) sifted cake flour 1 cup granulated...

Maple Pouding Chomeur

Maple sugar-making was an important social activity for the indigenous peoples. Families and small groups gathered in temporary camps in early March, staying for about a month in order to make their yearly supply. Diagonal cuts were made in the base of the sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum) with...

Pasta with Beans (Pasta e fagioli)

This is classic vegetarian Italian pasta. Fresh beans are best but the dish is easily made with dried beans in the winter time.  Many Italian families grow their Romano beans, garlic, basil and tomatoes. To use fresh beans, shell them and freeze them with no additional processing. To use the fresh...

Latvian Bacon & Onion-stuffed Rolls (Piradzini)

A celebration in the scattered Latvian communities of Canada often include these bacon-filled buns. They are fabulous with a salad for a quick lunch or, if you make them smaller, are great cocktail appetizers.This recipe was one of those that the late Tanya Barsevski shared with me years ago while...

Toasted Barley and Mustard Risotto with Pale Ale and Bacon Nuggets

Few ingredients say “Canada” like mustard, barley, maple syrup and smoky, thick sliced bacon. It’s the sort of dish that can be kept warm for service but be careful, it’s awfully easy to snack on.  In the springtime, we like to add a few spears of steamed  & chopped asparagus at the end just...

Barley with Caramelized Vegetables

This recipe is a delicious and easy way to incorporate vegetables into dinner. Canola oil is used to sauté and toast the barley to bring out its great flavor. • 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 3/4 cup (175 mL) pearl barley • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 1...

Teriyaki-Glazed Steelhead Trout, Cucumber and Mustard-Barley Bowls

Quick and healthy, these barley bowls, a riff on Asian rice bowls, come together easily for a delicious lakeside dinner. The sprinkling of mustard seed adds a pleasant crunch and the peppery sprouts make a pretty garnish on this fresh Asian-inspired dish. Use the snack size package of nori, found...

Penne with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Substitute spinach, zucchini or arugula for the broccoli. • 3 cups (750 mL) uncooked penne pasta (275 g) • 3/4 cup (175 mL) broccoli florets • 1 cup (250 mL) diced onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3/4 cup (175 mL) halved cherry tomatoes • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped sun-dried tomatoes • 1 (250 mL)...

Cumin-scented Chickpea-Buckwheat Dosas

Chickpea flour is called Besan in South Asian cooking.  Grown and milled in the Prairies, it’s renowned globally for its quality.   Buckwheat flour adds real nuttiness to these delicious dosas which are, in effect, a flat bread similar to crepes into which you can stuff almost any mixture...

Dressed up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Canada produces several varieties of delicious mushrooms.  We love how this recipe uses a mix of mushrooms and is served with a cheesy, garlicky, fresh herb sauce. Comfort food at it’s finest!     Gouda mornay sauce: 6 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted butter 3 tbsp (45 mL) white truffle oil 1...