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…

Radish Greens Soup

There’s something quaint and old fashioned about radishes –  you might find them in church basement sandwiches, adorning potato salad, or simply heaped in a dish. What you might not know, is that the greens are just as good, so don’t throw them away.  Radish greens are packed with vitamins and have a wonderful flavour…

Fiddleheads Pan-Fried in Butter

Goodbye, winter! No more root vegetables. No more pickles. No more maple syrup poured out on the snow — fiddleheads are popping up in bogs and forests all over Quebec, ready to be eaten. Fiddleheads (also known as têtes de violon or les crosses de fougères)  are a kind of fern that are wild harvested in the early spring when they…

Maple Cream

Maple cream is a creamy spread that’s great on toast, muffins, fresh homemade bread– or just on a spoon straight from the jar. Image source It’s called “butter” but there’s no cream or butter in the recipe. It’s just pure maple syrup that has been boiled, cooled then stirred (and stirred… and stirred…) until the…

Maple Syrup Poached Eggs on Easter Morning

Several Americans of French-Canadian descent told me they have fond memories of eating Maple Poached Eggs on Easter morning. This is one of those recipes that you think “Really? No way. It will never work.” Then you try it, and wow – it’s like fairies dancing on your tongue. Pure comfort food. It’s also super easy…

Cabane à Sucre Egg Souflee with Maple Syrup

It seems like winter will never end, but in fact, the maple sap is running in the trees and spring is just around the corner. Photo courtesy Recettes du Quebec This means it’s almost for Quebecers to round up a gang of family and friends, jump in the car, and drive out to the country to a…

Mi-Carême: A Quebec Cheese with a Great Backstory

Today is Mi-Carême, a built-in cheat day in the middle of the 40-day Lent period. Lent is all about penance, and deprivation and austerity. By contrast, Mi-Carême is a day of eating, fun and hijinks. The date for Mi-Carême changes every year. This year, it falls on March 8, 2018. Photo courtesy Montmagny et Les…