Homemade Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Rhubarb strawberry jam is a brightly-coloured, wonderfully tart jam. It’s one of the first jam you can make in the spring in Quebec using local, homegrown products. If you don’t have any rhubarb growing in your garden, check your local farmer’s market or grocery store. If you’ve never tried making jam, try this recipe! It’s…

Spring Rhubarb Pie

I always feel like a capable farm girl when I head into the garden with a long knife and start hacking at the rhubarb. It’s one of the first things to pop up in the spring. The lush green leaves grow so fast that some people say you can actually hear it sing. Pie is…

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…

Soupe aux Gourgane or Fava Bean Soup

This rich and filling bean and barley soup recipe is from the Saguenay / Lac St. Jean region of Quebec. Known in Quebec as soupe aux gourgane, the recipe was adapted from a recipe from Julian Armstrong’s Made in Quebec cookbook, a wonderful compendium of French-Canadian recipes. Ideally, you would make this in August when…

Homemade Maple Jerky

When the early settlers arrived in Quebec, the native Indians who lived here likely taught them to make jerky.  There was no other way to store meat at that time. Homemade jerky is fun to make, delicious, and costs a fraction of what commercial jerky costs. You don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients –…

Roasted Lac Brome Duck with Maple Caramelized Pears

After sampling a Lac Brome Duck Pot Pie a few months ago, (fantastic!) we decided to visit the farm in Knowlton, Quebec when visiting the Eastern Townships not long ago. The store is a simple trailer, parked outside a large industrial-looking building.  It was a bit disappointing – I was expecting something more picturesque, like…

Traditional Quebec Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker

Who knew? The recipe for Traditional Quebec Pea Soup probably came across the ocean with Samuel de Champlain over 400 years ago. According to the Ottawa Chef Marc Miron who recently made this discovery, “When they came to Canada, they didn’t know what to expect so they loaded up their boats with dry beans, cured…

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…

Slow Braised Maple Carrots

These carrots disappear from the dinner table faster than anything else. A big hit with kids and adults alike. A great side dish with roast lamb.        Image Source Slow Braised Maple Carrots   6-8 carrots, peeled and sliced in 2″ lengths Approximately 1 cup water 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon….

Mandoline Slicer for Potatoes Gratin Dauphinois 

This mandoline is great for making potatoes gratin dauphinois (scalloped potatoes). It sells on Amazon.ca for just over $20. The Sterline Adjustable Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer is super convenient and great quality for the price.  Plus,  like those old K-Tel ads … “It slices! It dices! It juliennes!”  Also makes great waffle fries. Has a built-in stand, and a…

Maple Syrup Pie with Apple Cider Vinegar

Spring is around the corner. It might not seem like it with snow piled to the rooftops, but the days are getting longer, the sun is getting hotter and the maple sap is stirring deep in the forest. Before you know it, you’ll be trouping out the the country with  family and friends to go…

Kamouraska Lamb Crusted with Salted Herbs for Easter

This traditional Easter recipe comes straight from Quebec’s heartland: Kamouraska Lamb Crusted with Salted Herbs. Kamouraska is a pretty little village on the lower Saint Lawrence River, where the lambs spend their days grazing in the sun and wind along the river’s edge. The grass the animals eat is washed with salt water from the sea, which gives…

3 Great Maple Syrup Cookbooks

A round-up of some of the best cookbooks I found while researching traditional French-Canadian cabane à sucre recipes. Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack by Martin Picard (2012) A book that defies description but surpasses all expectation, Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack is a cookbook by legendary Quebec chef, Martin Picard.  To open this book is to step…

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…

Pure Quebec Maple Syrup – 8 Cans

Pure Quebec Maple Syrup – 8 Cans Each can 540 ml (18.25 oz) $83.40 CDN Pure Quebec maple syrup, shipped straight from the farm in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The farm is nestled in rolling countryside, where the clean air and pure water produce one of the finest maple syrups available on the market. Packaged in the iconic…

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

Mi-Carême a built-in cheat day in the middle of Lent, for those that can’t make it all the way through 40 days of deprivation and austerity. Mi-Carême is a day of eating and fun and hijinks. The date for changes every year. This year, it falls on March 8, 2018. Photo courtesy Montmagny et Les…

Slow Cooker Maple Baked Beans

Nothing better than a warm, cozy pot of baked beans, burbling gently in the slow cooker, filling the house with the smell of maple goodness. Slow Cooker Maple Baked Beans 4 cups (907 g) dried white or Navy beans, soaked overnight 1 onion, peeled and chopped (1 cup) ½ cup maple syrup 1/2 lb salt…

Tire Sur la Neige or Taffy on the Snow

Tire sur la neige (taffy in the snow) is an old-fashioned Quebec treat that’s made in late winter / early spring when there’s still snow on the ground, but the sap in the maple trees has started to run. Making tire is fun and beyond easy to make. You just pour a can of maple syrup into…

Tourtiere & Sweet Crepes for Mardi Gras

We tend to think of Mardi Gras as a season, but Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is just one day. The name comes from the Italian carne vale, or farewell to meat, and marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and penance before Easter when observant Catholics stop eating meat. With austerity ahead,…