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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Roasted Yams à la Canadienne

You might think that yams are sweet enough, but… if you are Canadian or leave in Canada and have to go through the Canadian winter, you might think that you can’t get enough calories from  vegetables alone to keep you … Continue reading

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Red Swiss chard, a Vitamin K trove.

This is a really nutritious green vegetable and unlike kale, rapini and collard green, it is tender, exquisite and quick to prepare. The green is not really Swiss, it was just called that originally to distinguish it from French Spinach. … Continue reading

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Too rainy to BBQ ? Bake the salmon!

The weather has been damp and grim, too cold and wet to step outside to the BBQ. Most of my friends are in Mexico or Hawaii escaping the local desolation of our rain forest climate. I had this beautiful Spring … Continue reading

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Victorian New Year’s eve dinner: the Goose

Not because I live in Victoria, although… The idea came from Eat Magazine and their picture  with the caption ” Pander the Gander”.  The  brine and stuffing are almost exactly the recipe from Lucy Waverman’s column, “A Dickens of a … Continue reading

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Good old Times Butter Tarts from home-made Lard

When it comes to baking, Sharon is a perfectionist. And that is our luck because she has allowed me to share her recipes for the best butter tarts I have ever had. I say recipes, because we are not talking … Continue reading

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Gratinée Lyonnaise sounds much better than just onion soup

This is probably the best comfort food  on a cold day, a great way to stave off the anxiety of a looming dark and stormy night, and assurance to bring rosy cheeks and smiles to all. Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Cauliflower au gratin (gratin de chou-fleur)

This is to me the ultimate French vegetable cliché, as it is so often on the menu of French restaurants abroad along with coq au vin and escargots. I used to serve it at Restaurant Chez Solange in London where … Continue reading

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Ratatouille

The best thing about Ratatouille is that the whole house will smell as if you are in Nice. Therefore, make it sort of at the last minute so that when the dinner guests arrive, they will become instantly ravenous. Most … Continue reading

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