29 Mar 2016
in Appetizers, food, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: ancho spice mix, beans, environmental footprint, gourmet, gumbo, lentils, nutrition, protein, pulses, shrimp, Spanish, tapas
Year of the pulse…
In honor of this versatile food group, we present a dish starring beans, lentils and dried peas. We served our spicy shrimp gumbo as the opening course for our Spanish tapas gourmet dinner this year. But it works well in larger amounts as a main course, too. More
24 Nov 2015
in food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: almonds, avoiding sugar, Christmas, cranberries, easy, gourmet, oranges, Stevia, Thanksgiving
An essential, whenever you roast a turkey
This post might at first glance appear a tad, well, boring. There’s no story nor any songs to sing as you cook. All there is, is one simple but tasty and traditional recipe, done up in bows and boasting less sugar and more pizzazz than you get in the canned kinds from the store. This could be a recipe staple for your family’s celebrations. More
31 Mar 2015
in food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: avoiding sugar, gourmet, onions, vegetables, vinegar
The side dishes
Pierogis and cipollini onions won the draw to complement the main course of our Frozen in Ottawa dinner theme. But why this pair? More
24 Mar 2015
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: German, gourmet, rabbit, stew, traditions
Prepping sausage for hasenpfeffer
My regular readers will know that our Frozen in Ottawa dinner is well in hand. This, my fourth post on the subject, answers the question, “What should we serve for the main course?”
The man of the house wanted to feature his winter stew-making skills, well-honed in our climate. He suggested “Hasenpfeffer,” a dish he had recently cooked for the family with success. In fact, I thought it was the best stew he had ever made for us. But… what kind of meat is that, you might wonder. More
10 Mar 2015
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: cheese, chocolate, fruit, gourmet, hors d'oeuvre, lemon, lingonberries, nuts, party food
BeaverTails on ice
Anyone who’s skated Ottawa’s Rideau Canal knows all about our iconic BeaverTails. Nobody ever leaves the ice without a bite of these sugary deep-fried pastries decorated with cinnamon, chocolate, or lemon, or some other delightful combination of sweet and sour.
As I was focusing on Ottawa’s winter wonderland for my gourmet dinner party, Frozen in Ottawa, I thought tiny BeaverTails would make a perfect hors d’oeuvre. They would go well with the sweetly tart cocktail we served, Frozen Blues.
BeaverTails are served hot on the Canal. But as my theme was “frozen,” I served mine cold. More
03 Mar 2015
in Drinks, food, health, recipes
Tags: cocktail, coconut milk, curacao, gourmet, lemons, pineapples, rum, Stevia
Bols Blue Curaçao
We just got back from a heavenly warm trip to the Caribbean, to find ourselves in the depths of our cold Canadian winter… and just in time to host our annual gourmet dinner. So we built a meal around the theme, ” Frozen in Ottawa.” More
04 Mar 2014
in food, health, recipes, science, Side dishes
Tags: antioxidants, digestion, fennel, fiber, gourmet, heart, liver, nutrition, vegetables
Fennel makes a great side for barbecued chicken.
Fennel’s a bit of an odd vegetable. Although it turns up in the produce departments of most super markets, it’s not really a regular guest at most people’s tables. Fennel’s best pals with Celery, another kind-of-blah veggie that is often left languishing. These two veggies have the same pale greenish-white crisp flesh. And Fennel’s stalks grow around one another like Celery’s stalks do. Both veggies can be served raw or cooked. And both have a fibrous, mild flavor.
But Fennel deserves a closer look. Once you get to know it, you’ll see it’s loaded with character. More
04 Sep 2013
in food, health, recipes, Soups, stories
Tags: cold soups, correcting flavor problems, cucumbers, fruit, gazpacho, gourmet, liquor, pineapples
Like Harry Potter’s phoenix, good things can rise up again.
When a person insists on changing recipes, stuff can go hay-wire. Take this pineapple gazpacho, for example. More
07 May 2013
in food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Soups
Tags: carrots, family, gourmet, liquor, Mothers Day, mushrooms, nutrition, presentation, sherry, shiitake, spinach, stock
Mom’s shitake mushroom and spinach soup
Boost your soup’s healing power, flavor, and presentation
Turn your Cinderella leftovers into a healing soup stock fit for a princess. Here are a few magical ways to take my basic recipe for garbage soup and boost the healing power of your bone broths.
01 May 2013
in books, food, Main dishes, recipes, stories
Tags: family, French, gourmet, liquor, meat, mushrooms, oxtail, slow cooking, stew, traditions
Most times we settled for a turkey… but not always!
I owe my on-line existence to a mining engineer. Without Bill’s passion for food as well as rare minerals, I wouldn’t be blogging today. It was Bill who took his daughter Sharon, my alter-ego, under his formidable wing and taught her to cook.
Sundays would see Bill in his tiny, lemon-hued 1950s kitchen pouring over one of his many fish-splattered and chocolate-speckled cook books. Sharon was there, too, in her pleated skirt with her blouse hanging out, helping him find the canned pineapple bits, the dented More
01 Aug 2012
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: children, escargots, fats, French, garlic, goat cheese, gourmet, herbs, meat, milk, minerals, nutrition, protein, snails, traditions, vitamins
Bon Appétit !
Escargot, if you don’t already know this, boys and girls, is French for snail. Many of the best restaurants offer escargots on their menus. They’re delicious!
I know one little girl who ordered escargots whenever she had a chance, which was most often when we were traveling in Quebec or France. She liked her snails with lots of garlic butter, washed down with chocolate milk. Servers shook their heads in wonder when she placed her order. More