A Nova Scotia seafood chowder, brimming with chunky bits of sea flesh, it's good old fashioned Maritime fare. When the snow flies there's nothing as satisfying is a big, creamy bowl of chowder. My first chowder came as a result of living…
After last week's post on Salade Nicoise, we take a merry little detour to Pain Bagnat (literally translated: Wet Bread) which is that same Salade Nicoise, layered in a day-old sourdough roll, wrapped tight, put in the cooler overnight and the back of the car in the morning for the perfect picnic a la Provencal.
This week we join the many voices celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday in August of this year, with JC100. Starting with Salade Nicoise, from Child's The Way to Cook, a light, fresh garden salad from the south of France.
This Valentine's Day instead of posting yet another red velvet cupcake, we decided to let Food Gypsy Technical Adviser Chef B loose in the kitchen with some food science. Using three relativity easy molecular techniques: Gelification, Spherification and Emulsification, he's taken a few simple ingredients to a rather extraordinary result. Our Molecular Valentine.
Made with beets, cabbage, onions and three meats including a smokey kielbasa sausage, salt pork and a nice shank of beef, a good Russian Borscht is winter comfort food that is as rich in aroma and falvour as it is in colour. A soup from my eastern bloc roots.
Wednesday night and time to get dinner on the table. A simple little pasta, 45 minutes, start to finish: mushrooms, zucchini and cherry tomatoes in a light cream sauce topped with prosciutto and your choice of pasta. Cream makes everything better.
Last weekend we hosted a little foodie-fondue-winey-cheesy soiree. Started with a sexy grilled sandwich, then dipped into a cheesy fondue and ended on a sugar high with a Chipotle Chocolate Soufflé. This is our pimped fondue, super easy, super cheesy and budget friendly.
The Smoked Gouda Duck Confit Grilled Cheese is a standard casual entertaining food around here. One of Chef B’s little treasures; it’s savory and smoky with just a hint of salty, buttery toasted-ness, and always a big hit. Now it can be a big hit in your house.
The Pulled Pork Po Boy is like spicy, saucy bacon-y goodness on a nice chunk of French bread. In Louisiana, Po Boy sandwiches come in a couple different flavours; there’s fried, featuring battered shrimp, crawfish or oysters and then there’s pulled, featuring pork, cooked low, slow and saucy.
Cold rice vermicelli salad with bright fresh veg, dressed in a lime, rice wine vinaigrette, (totally delish) chicken satay, finished with peanut sauce. Authenticity and intensity. Eat goooooood.
Take a buttermilk waffle and make it into a Buttermilk Black Pepper Bacon Waffle, coat it with butter, melt a half cup of cheese between two slabs of bacon-y divoted goodness... that my friends is a Bacon Waffle Grilled Cheese Sammich.
Wild chanterelle mushroom soup; dried chanterelle mushrooms in a roasted vegetable broth and finished with truffle oil. Dark, sweet, lusty and... unrestrained.