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Katherine Jones’ King Apple Chutney

This recipe was written down by Katherine Jones  of Victoria at my request after I served her Chutney at a dinner and all the guests wanted to know about the ingredients, not believing me that it was apple chutney. She … Continue reading

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Tender but Crunchy Asparagus on Sunday Brunch to fight the hang-over!

 Asparagus  is in season at last in the Pacific North-West. I have been wanting to replicate the fine  local fresh asparagus I ate in Provence at my brother’s about a month ago but my experiment with Mexico grown spears was … Continue reading

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Red Lentil Tandoori Dahl with Eggplant to serve with Easter Lamb

It all started about a month ago, Valentine’s day to be exact. I was serving dinner for three couples and the theme was red. So, there I was looking at a bag of split red lentils and wondering how to … Continue reading

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Key Lime pie, Key lime is the key! Postcard from Key West

I thought nothing of driving 6856 km from Victoria, BC to Key West, Fl. in order to find an authentic Key lime pie, and the key, I discovered talking to the local experts, is the lime. You must use authentic … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey’s Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Last night, I was invited to dinner and  showing of Episode 1 Season 3 of Downton Abbey, a casual Sunday night with friends. They roasted  the Rosemary lemon chicken, a free range tender and tasty bird from Metchosin, raised with … Continue reading

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Orange Recipes for Halloween Dinner

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Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, Caramelized Parsnip and Carrot fries

For some curious reason, which I did not figure out, my Canadian family’s Thanksgiving dinner was hosted today, Saturday, in prime Haliburton  cottage country  in a solid wood chalet by  chilly Lake Kushog (believe me, I actually had a short … Continue reading

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Antipasto Pickle Preserves, a taste of summer to last through winter!

Although I have been eating this delicious antipasto since I moved to Victoria nine years ago, I never knew how to make it. Then last month, I was given the original list of ingredients from Grandma O’Brien by her grand-daughter … Continue reading

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Clams Marinière dug out from the sand for dinner

There is nothing better to eat than what you harvest yourself or even better what your friends  harvest and cook for you. This is exactly what happened recently as I was travelling on the East Coast of Vancouver Island on … Continue reading

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Quick Rock Crab Cakes

It had been a long day sailing from Ucluelet through Clayoquot Sound on the way to Hot Springs Cove. 48,7 nautical miles, most of those on the big Pacific open Ocean on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, in swells … Continue reading

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2012 Fawn growing fast, eating all my flowers and bushes

The doe must have heard that Jules the Jack Russell terrier was no longer on duty here in Victoria BC, since he got a transfer and huge promotion in March as guardian of  the  orchard in the Garden of Eden. … Continue reading

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La Bouillabaisse de l’Oncle Jean-Louis

Bouillabaisse used to be the soup of the poor in the port of Marseille.  You simmered the bony rock fish abundant in the Calanques in a vegetable broth and added better fish according to your budget. It means boiling on … Continue reading

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BC Spot Prawns on Local Greens

The spot prawns were so tasty! They were a gift from the Forbes family, owners of Critters Cove Marina in Nootka Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. I think that I must particularly thank the boys, Bryce and … Continue reading

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Salsify in garlic butter to satisfy the most delicate palate

I was very surprised today when I saw a familiar vegetable from my youth in France, something I had not seen ever again since emigrating to Canada almost 30 years ago. This root vegetable is slightly larger than a carrot, … Continue reading

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin, wrapped in bacon, more tender and moist

Sometimes you need a nice dinner that does not  require a lot of work, maybe after a long day of skiing or a long day period. Most of the time spent on this recipe is roasting time, during which you … Continue reading

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Refreshing Arugula Salad

This salad was prepared for a potluck and served after a multitude of delicious dishes. We thought that people would eat very little after the gourmet meal but, surprisingly, the digestive benefit of this salad was evident as soon as … Continue reading

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Black bean salad to replenish your magnesium!

Black beans are very rich in magnesium, a very beneficial mineral and they make a delicious warm salad in about five minutes. It is a wonderful menu item on a day when you are home-bound by a snow blizzard as … Continue reading

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The Cooking Frog’s blog reviewed

From the Hampshire Cook: I follow the Cooking Frog’s Blog, authored by a French woman on Vancouver Island, and was laughing out loud recently at her amusing piece on having to fly all the way back to Aix-en-Provence to find a rabbit to cook … Continue reading

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Halloween Squash or Pumpkin au Gratin

Last year the blog featured something scary for Halloween, but scary is no longer politically correct, so this year I have something orange. Not that I pay attention to correctness when it comes to cooking, but last year’s post, you … Continue reading

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Cream or not Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Saturday, I picked wild white chanterelles in the pouring rain and tonight the forecast is warning against frost. The Indian Fall is not that hot this year and I am making mushroom soup to warm up. The best way to … Continue reading

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Icelandic Minke Whale Steak

Minke whale are not endangered  and they rather flourish in Icelandic waters with counts over  70000 just in that area. Being quite a delicacy, no wonder that they have been a staple on Icelandic menus for centuries. The meat  (Minke … Continue reading

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Lapin à la Moutarde de Dijon

This recipe is a family staple that I have wanted to feature for a long time. The delay was caused by the extreme difficulty that faced me trying to assemble the ingredients. A little bit of cream is no problem, … Continue reading

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Stuff the pork loin to take on a picnic!

I don’t know what got into me when I offered to give a pound of chanterelles to all the friends who would help me with a pledge for The Run For The Cure, coming up October 2nd. But It is … Continue reading

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At the Lavender Farm

A visit at the Lavender farm in Sanichton on Vancouver Island is a rejuvenating experience. The field is incredibly beautiful  with the blooming lavender plants ( of  a rich, dark, lavender colour of course) and the fragrance goes right to … Continue reading

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Voodoo doughnuts earns Guinness record for biggest box

Good things come in pink boxes and the larger the box the better. The largest box of doughnut ever just earned Voodoo the Guinness record last Saturday. Of course, the box was pink! I happened to be there a few … Continue reading

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Sour Cherry Jam

Sour cherries (or griottes in French) make the best jam of all fruit, and that has got to be true because no one would  bother with the small sour cherries at all  thinking of  the work of removing the stems and pitting … Continue reading

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Peppers of all colours

The Bell peppers are really sweet right now. They are sweetest in July/August when they can fully  ripen before harvest. The local red, orange and yellow peppers are the sweetest of all and they also contain the most vitamin C, … Continue reading

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Rare bright red lobster looks cooked but it still lives…

By Greg Burchell (from the National Post July 06, 2011) When a Quebec grocery store opened a shipment of lobsters, one of the crustaceans looked like it had already been boiled and was ready to eat — until it started … Continue reading

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Jack Russel baby-sits 11 day old fawn until Doe returns and charges!

Bambi was born May 20th 2011 across the fence in Mrs Katherine Jones’ luxuriant delivery room slash backyard. He came to visit a few times with his mother searching for delicate leaves and flowers from my garden. But on June … Continue reading

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

It used to be that there were no really good tomatoes until the middle of summer, the kind that ripened on the plant in dry heat under the hot sun. They were firm, really red, sweet but with still a … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Panna Cotta, a light summer treat

The treat without the guilt, buttermilk (so healthy) instead of cream. Why not? Especially now that there are all kinds of fresh berries  to serve along. Buttermilk is high in protein while low-fat and athletes might particularly enjoy this dessert … Continue reading

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Rhubarb-Berry Crisp à la Lakefield or à la Mode

This is another recipe from Penny Pierce in Lakefield, Ontario. One of those that she keeps in her head because she has made it so many times. There is no need to follow the printed recipe because she changes the … Continue reading

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Wild fiddlehead and fresh Fava bean salad

Tis the season to get in the woods and pick edible greens. Fiddleheads (or crosses de fougères in French) are a  delicious vegetables full of vitamins. They must be picked while they are still completely rolled up, and only the … Continue reading

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French Crêpes are always fun to make!

February 2nd is Chandeleur day in Europe, it is a day of purification after winter when all candles  are lit in celebration. It marks the end of winter and was officially the  first day of the sowing season. Hence, the … Continue reading

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Oysters not quite Rockefeller, a nice treat for Mother’s day

Not that we are necessarily poorer up North in Canada, it is just that our local Pacific Fanny Bay oysters are usually sold shucked and not in the shell. So no way to bake them on the half shell. It … Continue reading

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Iles Flottantes, the floating islands

Floating Islands is the name you would see on a restaurant menu. Most kids would actually request “oeufs à la neige”  (eggs à la snow or beaten egg whites), the more popular term. Both names come from nature, neither are … Continue reading

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South-Western Cuisine Class by Andy Food

I travelled all the way to Phoenix  for this cooking class (not quite…), and considering the unexpectedly cool temperature and heavy rain, standing behind the furnace was actually the place to be. First, we got a lesson on different peppers’ … Continue reading

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Leg of lamb roast with goat cheese & grainy mustard stuffing

Supermarkets in North America are having giant turkey sales for Easter. They could give it to me for free and I would not want it. I cannot celebrate Easter without a spring lamb roast. We used to have the full … Continue reading

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Blood orange tart with pistachios from the Globe & Mail

End your meal with blood orange and pistachio tart LUCY WAVERMAN Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 Ingredients 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 2 blood oranges, thinly sliced, 1 cup shelled pistachios, ½ cup unsalted butter cut into pieces, ½ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon grated … Continue reading

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Poulet Chasseur

The morels are not out on Vancouver Island and this is a good time of year for recipes with white mushroom. I found some baby white mushroom the other day at the grocer and that put me in the mood … Continue reading

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Artichauts à la Barigoule

Spring is everywhere except here in Victoria, we are craving sun and green vegetables. At the Root Cellar, ( you might have guessed, my favourite green grocer) I found baby fresh artichokes and thought they would be as good as … Continue reading

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Guess who came for dinner? Maitre-Fromager Bernard Mure Ravaud

He came all the way from Grenoble in the French Alps for dinner at the Cooking Frog in Victoria, British Columbia. We don’t get foodies of that caliber very often on Vancouver Island and this was quite a culinary summit, … Continue reading

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Soupe de moules aux légumes (mussels in vegetable soup)

Months including an “R” is the best time to eat shell fish, the saying goes. This is not only a safety recommendation, the hot months have no “R”, but also a matter of taste. The colder the water, the better … Continue reading

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Topinambour, the Jerusalem artichoke now called sunroot.

The French is topinambour, in English it used to be the Jerusalem artichoke but stores are now calling it sunchoke or sunroot, maybe because it is neither from Jerusalem nor a member of the artichoke family. It is a tuber … Continue reading

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Steelhead trout

Winter is not the best time for fresh fish selection and this week the only choice was Steelhead trout. That was the reason I bought it, that it was fresh. I had not expected it to be so good. In … Continue reading

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The Caviar of the poor, it’s eggplant!

I have been thinking about old family recipes, traditions I could pass on. This one came from my Aunt Marie-Paule, born in the Savoie region and a pharmacist in Paris for most of life. She bought her own small community … Continue reading

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Slow cooked beef shank with tastes from Provence

Doesn’t “Slow cooked beef shanks” sound a lot more  complicated and fancy than “beef stew” or “boeuf bourguignon”? Well it does, but it is not! This is a very easy to cook dinner with incredible flavours. The meat is tender … Continue reading

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Edamame, Avocado, Beet salad : satisfy your winter craving for greens

If you scroll down all the way to the bottom of this page, you will notice a new “calorie counter” in the bottom right corner. It is very neat as it will tell you not only calories, but also all … Continue reading

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Sable fish and Scallops on hazelnut pesto with sepia ink rotini and fresh hedgehogs

It is not heart shaped nor red but I think that plate could make a very successful Valentine’s day dinner if you are lucky enough to celebrate. Fresh sable fish, sometimes called black cod, has just arrived to Vancouver Island … Continue reading

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Quiche with spinach

There is a good idea for a quickly prepared impromptu lunch. Pretty much your regular “quiche lorraine” recipe with added spinach. We had that today with a fresh beet salad on the side. It was  a perfect winter lunch. For … Continue reading

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