Janet Boileau, a graduate student in the University of Adelaide’s Master of Arts (Gastronomy) programme came home for the long weekend. She writes from Quebec:

We were 5 family and 2 neighbours at our cottage in the Laurentians. We drove up from Washington DC and arrived on day 3 of a 5 day power outage. We had nothing to cook on BUT the bbq so we fired it up, ran bucket brigades from the lake for water and cooked with our 6 foot neighbour acting as a light pole with the Colman lamp.

We called our menu Le Gout des Laurentides in honour of our lovely region and its food. We started off with a fresh baguette, a wheel of Quebec brie topped with sun-dried tomato pesto, 5 wild game meats terrine (ostrich, boar, pheasant, venison & bison)and some cornichons, eaten on the deck with a view of sunset spangles on the lake. Main course was a smoked pork shoulder that spent 3 hours on the slow side of the grill while the hot side produced bbq’d corn in the husk with butter and jardiniere spice mix, grilled marinated farmstand veggies (eggplant, red peppers, courgette, red onions, with apple cider vinaigrette) and a potato salad made of grilled Mirabel new potatoes, lardons of Montreal smoked meat and a Maudite(local brewed-on-lees beer) mustard dressing .Plus a salad of romaine with Courieur des Bois Gouda, wild blueberries and a blueberry blossom honey vinaigrette. Dessert was supposed to be Rose des Bois sparkling cider gelee with blueberries, raspberries and whipped cream (!)but it didn’t set without the fridge so we ate it the next day and finished up the bbq with a too-sweet lemon meringue pie from the local depanneur. We dined in the Moosewood Tearoom(screen porch)with every candle stub we could find lined up and flickering on the window sills. “I’ve never given any thought to where my food came from before” someone at the table said as we raised our glasses. So I reckon our WLB was a fine success. We called our menu Le Gout des Laurentides in honour of our lovely region and its food. We started off with a fresh baguette, a wheel of Quebec brie topped with sun-dried tomato pesto, 5 wild game meats terrine (ostrich, boar, pheasant, venison & bison)and some cornichons, eaten on the deck with a view of sunset spangles on the lake. Main course was a smoked pork shoulder that spent 3 hours on the slow side of the grill while the hot side produced bbq’d corn in the husk with butter and jardiniere spice mix, grilled marinated farmstand veggies (eggplant, red peppers, courgette, red onions, with apple cider vinaigrette) and a potato salad made of grilled Mirabel new potatoes, lardons of Montreal smoked meat and a Maudite(local brewed-on-lees beer) mustard dressing.Plus a salad of romaine with Courieur des Bois Gouda, wild blueberries and a blueberry blossom honey vinaigrette. Dessert was supposed to be Rose des Bois sparkling cider gelee with blueberries, raspberries and whipped cream (!)but it didn’t set without the fridge so we ate it the next day and finished up the bbq with a too-sweet lemon meringue pie from the local depanneur. We dined in the Moosewood Tearoom(screen porch)with every candle stub we could find lined up and flickering on the window sills. “I’ve never given any thought to where my food came from before” someone at the table said as we raised our glasses. So I reckon our WLB was a fine success.

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