“My French Canadian Year”  is a project to cook traditional French Canadian food, month-by-month, with a special focus on recipes that reflect Quebec’s religious traditions and people’s deep attachment to the land.

I was inspired to do this project by a 13th generation French Canadian friend whose ancestors actually farmed on the Plains of Abraham hundreds of years ago.

I am also doing this project to introduce new traditions into my family.

With two teenage boys in the house, there’s an awful lot of texting, rushing, sports, video games and homework going on.

Any chance I have to stop all that for just a moment with plates of food for my hungry boys is a blessing. And these moments are richer still when there’s a great story attached to the food, as there often is with recipes.

I invite you to come along on this journey with me and learn more about these French Canadian recipes and traditions with me.

montreal photographer monique dykstra