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?
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!
As I am knee deep in packing for my upcoming move on Wednesday (ahh!!) my kitchen time has been cut a little short this week (hey there, frozen pizza and takeout). However since my cookbooks are piled around me waiting to find their spots in my suitcases I thought I would share with you the books I cannot live without – and why you shouldn’t either! Hope you enjoy this list of Cookbooks you need on your bookshelf and stay tuned for Monday’s Mouthful next week… my first from Europe!