Have a cabane à sucre at home this year!

It’s THAT time of year, when the sparking sunny days of spring tells Quebecers to head out to a cabane à sucre to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We walk in the woods and enjoy the warm sun on our faces. Sometimes there a crackling bonfire in the snow to warm our hands. There’s usually a…

Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

A gorgeous apple cake, infused with smokey maple flavour. Easy to make, even even easier to eat.   Adapted from Food And Wine Maple Apple Upside Down Cake 1 cup maple syrup 2 apples, peeled and sliced into fairly thick slices 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3…

Maple Granola

The most amazing granola recipe!! It’s chewy and delicious, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. So good, you might find yourself tiptoeing into the kitchen in the middle of the night for a “little snack.”      Maple Granola 5 cups rolled oats*   12/3 cups nuts and/or seeds 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2/3…

Bread and Cabbage Soup

A nourishing soup, with croutons and melted cheese hidden at the bottom of the bowl. The perfect meal for a cold winter’s day. Adapted from La encyclopédie de la cuisine de Jehane Benoit Bread & Cabbage Soup 2 tbsp. butter 1 1/2 onions, thinly sliced 1 medium potatoes, grated 1 medium carrot, grated 4 cups cabbage….

Tire de Sainte Catherine or Pull Taffy

Tire de Sainte Catherine is a French-Canadian tradition that started with Marguerite Bourgeoys in Montreal back in the 1600s, when this nun and early educator would make these sweet candies for the young maidens at her school on November 25th each year. This  tradition eventually turned into a quaint custom – now pretty much forgotten…

Easy Homemade Bread

With all the blueberry jam I’ve been making lately, I wanted a soft, pillowey loaf to sink my teeth into. This delightfully simple recipe take  31/2 hours from start to finish, and requires almost no work. It’s the perfect thing to make when you’re poking around the house on a lazy Saturday. Recipe adapted form…

Lac Saint Jean Blueberry Pie or tarte aux bleuets du lac-Saint-Jean

Blueberries are everywhere in Quebec this time of year, carpeting forests and fields with plump juicy berries from late July to mid-August. Celebrate la saison de récolte de bleuets with this classic Lac Saint Jean blueberry pie recipe Lac Saint Jean Blueberry Pie 10 cups fresh blueberries 1 cup granulated sugar or more, depending on the sweetness of…

Port and Ginger Blueberry Jam

Blueberry jam is good, but when you throw in a bit of port wine and some freshly grated ginger, this old fashioned old classic gets a chic, modern flavour. Recipe adapted form the New York Times Port and Ginger Blueberry Jam 10 cups blueberries 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon peeled, finely grated fresh ginger  Juice and finely grated…

Pomme du Quebec

We keep buying apples from our favourite orchard (Verger Henryville) right up until it closes in early December. This gives us enough tasty, local apples to last us almost until cabanes à sucres season, in early spring. The apples do get a little soft over time, even when kept in the fridge. This recipe from Encyclopédie de…

Apple Crisp or Croustillant aux pommes

Apple Crisp is one of my favourite things to make. It’s fast and easy to prepare, it’s a warm and cozy on a cold winter’s night, and because it’s apples and rolled oats, somehow it’s OK to have a second helping… and a third. I’ve tried different variations of this recipe, thinking “If apple crisp…

Apple Rhubarb Jam

I had a bag of  rhubarb from the garden stashed in the freezer and a half a bag of apples that needed cooking….hmmm….what about Apple Rhubarb jam? I’m not sure if this is a traditional French Canadian recipe, but chances are, some fille du roi standing in her cabin in the woods faced the same…

Epic Apple Pie

We got in one last trip to our favourite apple orchard in last week – a sad day indeed, as it’s now closed for the season. Everything at Verger Henryville is ridiculously cheap, the farmers are rosy-cheeked and kind, and we always drive away eating warm, homemade donuts, spilling crumbs and sugar all over the car….

Apple Cranberry Jam

A gorgeous jam that combines the sweetness of apples with the tart bite of cranberries. It’s also a great recipe for beginners to try.  There is so much natural pectin in both the apple and crabnerries that the jam thickens ups effortlessly. Apple Cranberry Jam 10 cups apples 5 cups fresh cranberries 1 cup water…

French Apple Jam

It’s fall – we’re smack dab in the middle of apple season here in Quebec. Why not try benefit from the harvest and make a batch of French Apple Jam? Any variety of apples will work for this recipe, but whatever you do, try to use local, freshly picked apples.  Because really – why make…

Apple Scrap Jelly

When you make apple recipes in the Fall, don’t throw out the cores and peels. Instead, store them in large ziploc bags in the freezer until you have enough to make Apple Scrap Jelly. This recipe uses the peels and cores from an entire 20 lb.bag of apples Apple Scrap Jelly Peels and cores from…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

In Quebec, school kids go apple picking every Fall. They spend about 5 minutes picking and the rest of the running through the orchards pelting apples at each other, screaming and laughing, and eating as many apples as their little bodies will hold. One year, my kid ate 15 apples. He home red-faced and bloated,…

Pickled Beets or Betteraves Marinées

Pickled beets are easy to make and add a pretty spash of colour to the dinner table. Great in sandwitches, salads, as a pizza topping, or just drain, slice, drizzle with vinegar and serve. Pickled Beets Recipe adapted from The Summer Kitchen by Lorene Rose Sinclair 1 10 pound bag of beets Rinse beets thoroughly.  Do…

Ketchup Vert or Green Tomato Chutney

If you’ve still got green tomatos in the garden at the end of the summer, why not make some green tomato chutney? This delectible condiment goes with just about anything, but is especially tasty with  tourtière, omlettes and adds a spirted zing to any sandwitch. Ketchup Vert or Green Tomato Chutney Recipe adapted from L’encyclopédie de…

Sweet Chili Sauce with Apples and Peppers

Homemade chili sauce is the perfect accompaniment for tourtière, or spiced meat pie. Store bought ketchup will work in a pinch, but nothing beats the old fashioned flavour of this sweet, tangy sauce. Chili Sauce with Apples and Peppers Adapted from The Summer Kitchen by Lorene Sinclair Makes 7-8 prints 40 ripe tomatoes, peeled and…

Nine Day Pickles

This recipe is called Nine Day Pickles – but it actually takes 11 days (go figure) but the long curing time is worth the effort, because you end up with a melt-in-your-mouth pickle with a tangy sweet and sour bite. The recipe is from a wonderful homemade spiral bound cookbook called “The Summer Kitchen: 40…