Mustard Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Herbs

Tender asparagus, salty cheese, crisp crumbs, tangy mustard and aromatic herbs make this a stellar side dish or even an appetizer course. Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish. If you have an end of a baguette or any fresh bread that has dried out, break it into a few pieces and pulse it in the...

Maple Flank Steak with Peach Chutney Mayo

These rich little toasts are the perfect beginning to a dinner party. 1 lb (500 g) Beef Marinating Flank Steak 1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce 2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 loaf French bread, thinly sliced on the diagonal 3/4...

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...

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...

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...

Piradzini – Latvian Bacon & Onion-stuffed Rolls

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. Dough • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced • 1 cup (250 mL) water • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt • 1...