Healthy, French, Home-cooking, always fresh, (almost) no cream required!
This is about simple cooking for my kids away from home, family and friends and friends of friends. Not quite recipes, just inspiration.Often, no exact quantities, certainly no scientific potions, but a bit of magic and lots of love! and you could always ask for more details.
Share my love of cooking, enjoy the Pacific West Coast bounty and help me pass along the French Heritage from my Grand-mothers and my Dad who taught me.
Salt and PepperEven when I don't say so, use Baleine sea-salt and fresh ground pepper from your Peugeot pepper mill, goes without saying!
Monthly Archives: October 2010
Whenever I can find bushels or bags of tomatoes and vegetables for sale in the fall, I know it is time to make a batch of tomato sauce. Originally I canned it, but the extra trouble is pretty … Continue reading
Posted in Side Tagged food, freezer tomato sauce, nutritious tomato sauce, pasta sauce, recipe, recipes, tomato sauce, vegetable tomato sauce 1 Comment
Edamame (green soya bean) salad
While there are still a few tasty tomatoes at the market, you can whip up this unusual nutritious salad in no time. I did not think much of edamame until I had them at The Marina Restaurant in a vegetarian … Continue reading
Posted in Starter Tagged Edamame, food, green soya bean, matt rissling, oak bay marina, recipe, recipes, the marina restaurant Leave a comment
Flu remedy: Chicken noodle soup with ginger or Matsutake
This is a pressure cooker recipe if you have one, otherwise a Le Creuset large stock pot will be more than fine, so long as you are patient (double the times). I always break in half and freeze … Continue reading
Posted in Soup Tagged chicken noodle, chicken noodle soup, food, matsutake, pine mushroom, recipe, recipes 1 Comment
Golden beets, grown down the street
Carolyn and Paul down my street grow an amazing selection of vegetables, and they have generously brought me Romaine lettuce, green onions, heirloom tomatoes and a magnificent specimen of golden beet. Maybe it is the sea view, but most likely … Continue reading
Posted in Vegetables Tagged beets with sage, betteraves, cooking, food, Golden beet, recipe, recipes, roasted beets, root cellar 4 Comments
Pine Mushroom scalloped potatoes
October 16th was Pine mushroom day in my family. The weather was perfect Indian summer and there were more than a dozen cars parked at or near my secret mushroom picking spot on Vancouver Island. It did not bode well, … Continue reading
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Fresh California figs and Noix de Grenoble tart
This an Indian summer dessert, as it is best made from fresh very ripe figs. In this instance, I bought a tray of fresh figs at the Root Cellar in Victoria. The crate indicates that they are either “black mission”(Halloween … Continue reading
Posted in Dessert Tagged cooking, fig and walnut tart, food, fresh figs, noix de grenoble, recipe, recipes, tarte aux figues et aux noix 3 Comments
Pumpkin Gnocchi for Halloween
Anita Whyte and I use to work together in Toronto some years ago promoting French tourism, gastronomy and good life in general. She has not had a chance to move to the West Coast yet, so she is now a … Continue reading
Posted in Little help from my friends Tagged cooking, food, gnocchi, halloween, pumpkin gnocchi, recipe, recipes 1 Comment
Grenoble walnut square
I grew up in Grenoble, the walnut capital of the world. In the country side around the city, there are acres and acres of walnut trees, and one can tell easily that they are walnut trees, because their shade is … Continue reading
Posted in Baking Tagged cooking, food, noix de grenoble, recipe, recipes, square, walnut square, walnuts 5 Comments
Duck pâté with olives
This is a good appetizer to share and it has to be made in advance which is convenient on the day of the party. Pretty much, you should start in the morning by roasting a whole 5 pound duck in … Continue reading
Languedoc Garlic soup
Gardeners, this is for you. The home-grown garlic is ready to be picked and for this soup, the fresher, the better. My father-twice-in law Hugh just sent beautiful heads of garlic from his sunny Vancouver garden and I peeled 12 … Continue reading
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There is really no need to own a poissonière or a turbotière to poach fish. They are great to use if you own them, but for most of us not worth the space they take on the kitchen shelf. Are … Continue reading
Posted in Main Course Tagged food, poach fish poached fish, poached salmon, poissoniere, recipe, recipes, turbotiere 3 Comments
My Grand-Mother’s creamy polenta
Louise-Marie, or la Louise as my grand-father called her, was a great cook. She was a Savoyarde, from the region across the Alps from Italy and she was bilingual, French and Patois, the Alpine dialect spoken on both sides of … Continue reading
Posted in Side Tagged corn semolina, food, gruyere, parmesan, polenta, recipe, recipes Leave a comment
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