Categories
French Recipes Seafood

Salmon with Pernod

Salmon fillet baked with subtle flavours of anise and fennel and a buttery Pernod sauce. One of the best ways to experience French culture is by shopping at the outdoor markets and specialty shops found throughout France. The vibrant colours and aromas are sure to please the senses. Listening to the vendors and shoppers speaking…

Categories
French Recipes Seafood Thai

French-Thai Fusion Garlic Shrimp

East meets west with this mouth-watering fusion shrimp dish.

Categories
French Recipes

Beef Bourguignon Simplified

The classic “Beouf Bouguignon” was popularized outside of France in the 1960s by Julia Child in her best selling cookbook,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  It was re-discovered by Gen-Xers through the film Julie & Julia,  where  Julie, a young food blogger, attempts to perfect Child’s exacting recipe.  Forget searching all over town for pearl onions…

Categories
French Recipes

Roast Potatoes with Mirepoix

This dish makes a great side for roast beef or grilled lamb. Mirepoix is a popular flavour enhancer used in French cuisine. Normally, onion, carrot and celery are used but variations using other aromatic vegetables like garlic, mushrooms and sweet peppers are common in other cuisines. You’ll get the best results if you use an…

Categories
Canadian French Recipes

Sweet & Savory Crêpes

One of the things I remember most about by first visit to Quebec City was ordering crêpes from a street vendor. Once you chose your fillings and placed your order you watched and waited as the crêpier showed off their technique. Then voilà, a delicious treat that you could eat on the go as you…

Categories
French Recipes

Grenoble Green Bean Salad

Served cool, this salad makes a nice side in the summer when the weather is just a little too hot for a steamy vegetable side.  This dish accompanied a grilled strip loin (New York) steak and a baked potato at a recent al fresco dinner party.  We paired it with a vintage Beaujolais. On a…

Categories
French Recipes

Pork Medallions with Tarragon Cream Sauce

It could be argued that the key to French cuisine is mastering the art the “saucier”. The cook who prepares the sauces or “saucier” can turn drab into delicious with his skill of balancing and contrasting flavours in a sauce that compliments any dish. One sauce that combines some typically Lyonnaise ingredients, is the tarragon…

Categories
French Precooked Ingredients Recipes

Easy Shrimp Bisque

You’ve just asked your party guests to sit down for the main meal when you scan the appetizers and see that you have an uneaten shrimp ring and a partly eaten veggie platter. Before these prepared treasures sit out too long, put them in the fridge so that you can give them a reprieve and…

Categories
French Recipes

Chicken Cordon Bleu

The term “cordon bleu” or blue ribbon (in English) is synonymous with a top merit in French cuisine. There is also a prestigious international school, Le Cordon Bleu, whose alumni include some of the world’s top chefs. I was recently at a banquet and was served Chicken Cordon Bleu. We were served a processed, frozen,…

Categories
French Recipes

Quiche Lorraine

For some people, quiche makes a hardy breakfast or the perfect brunch fare but for those who call the Alsace-Lorraine region along the French-German border home, quiche is rarely eaten for breakfast. While Alsatian cuisine can be found in larger cities across France, you’ll discover a unique blend of cultures, languages and cuisines with a…