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….

Homemade Marshmallows

Two extremely weird things about Quebec: the first is, everyone moves on July 1. Literally, thousands of renters pack everything up and switch apartments. There is a collective flurry of unpacking then, the second weird thing:  everyone goes on vacation together during the two-week construction holiday at the end of July. Most people head to…

Grands-pères au sirop d’érable or grandfathers in maple syrup

Grandfathers in maple syrup (grands-père au sirop d’érable) are soft dumplings served in warm maple syrup. The origin of the name is uncertain, but many appealing theories abound. Maybe they were invented in the French-Canadian logging camps of yesteryear. Served warm, these moist, sweet dumplings would have been welcome comfort food after a hard day’s work. Or maybe…