One of my favourite dishes from school was ‘blanquette de veau’, which is sort of like a veal stew with a white sauce. It feels like a cozy, homey meal. While the french dish in and of itself did not remind me of a meal from home – the warm, stewy nature of the dish feels like comfort food. Eating this got me thinking about what a homey meal means depending on where in the world you are from. So I started wondering how to best describe Canada’s culinary identity to non-canadians?
Annnnnd we’re back – with sweet potato fries! As you may have heard (read?) I am without internet in France at the moment with no clear idea as to when that will be remedied (yay for pre-scheduling posts). This resulted in a short break to regroup after last month’s blogging challenge. It was great to remind ourselves that we can do anything as long as we set aside the time to make it a priority.
My kitchen is my happy place. One of my favourite things is to ad-lib recipes, pulling together a mix of ingredients and following my instincts to make something delicious. It’s totally possible I will have started out with a plan but by the time dinner is on the table there’s a good chance I’ve created something else entirely!
I recently rediscovered my love for making food at home. Okay, love may be a strong word for me. I have been trying to make an effort to look after myself and that includes eating nourishing, whole foods. I want to have the energy to accomplish everything I need to in a day and not have to battle with my body. This weekend I pulled some cookbooks off my shelf to make a plan for the week and found a few forgotten favorites. I find it easy to fall into the trap of thinking it takes too much time to cook, being tired after a long day at work and bored of the same old meals at home. Delicious, nourishing, healthy, whole foods do not have to be boring. These cookbooks know how to spice it up!
Today I want to talk to you about burgers. In particular a restaurant that sells burgers in Boulogne. C is in France for a few days so we took the opportunity to have dinner with my friends from school. We had been talking about hamburgers over lunch one day last week and decided to go to a place recommended by my French friend.
Annnnddd we’re back with a new Monday mouthful – and of course todays post for our July Blogging Challenge! Inspired by the fact that my entire family is home in Newfoundland without me for the first time in years (my sister is usually the one missing out!) I decided to pull out my container of summer savoury and make my own version of a traditional Sunday dinner for myself and C! These stuffed chicken breasts are just about the easiest thing to pull together and were the perfect comfort food for this homesick Newfie this weekend.
I’m not entirely sure what to call this. I think the original recipe was for a type of lasagna – and included meat. My version has evolved into a vegetarian stuffed pasta made with butternut squash, spinach, and feta. This is a fairly simple recipe to follow and keeps well in the freezer.