Vegetables

  • French-Style Couscous Salad (Taboulé)

    by Audrey

    If you’ve ever gone grocery shopping in France and stumbled on our French  “Taboulé”, you may have raised an eyebrow… Yes, what the French call “Taboulé” is more of a loose-adaptation from the authentic Levantine “Tabbouleh” made of bulgur and a bounty of herbs – but trust me, it’s just as delicious.   Instead of bulgur, the French Taboulé is made with couscous that is often cooked in chicken stock for extra flavour, and studded with diced vegetables and raisins. It also uses less mint and other herbs which gives…

  • Eggplant Toasts with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

    by Audrey

    Out of the numerous little bites that came out of my kitchen so far this year, these have to be in my top 3. Inspired from Mediterranean cuisine where eggplant holds a prominent role, these Eggplant Slices with Goat Cheese and Walnuts are as simple to make as they are delicious. A great, delicious recipe to celebrate this late-Summer, plum purple vegetable. An appetizer, a salad topping or a side dish. This is a simple and versatile eggplant recipe, that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.…

  • Layered Vegetable Tian Galette

    by Audrey

    Summer is here, and what better way to make do with an abundance of Summer vegetables than with a layered vegetable Tian? This traditional dish from Provence alternates slices of tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplants to create a colorful, veggie-focused dish. In my take on this beloved French recipe, the Tian gets encased in a buttery shortcrust that is spiked with dried herbs and olive oil. This makes for a vibrant Summer dish that showcases seasonal vegetables in a perfect way, and that’s as pretty as it is tasty!

  • Corsican-Style Stuffed Eggplant Boats

    by Audrey

    Known in French as Aubergines à la Bonifacienne, these cheesy stuffed eggplant boats are a specialty from the town of Bonifacio, at the Southern tip of the island of Corsica, in France. As with many traditional recipes from the island, they features wonderful Mediterranean flavors, all while making  great use of leftover bread and cheese. They’re plump, cheesy, satisfying and a perfect Summer dish.

  • French-style Grated Carrot Salad

    by Audrey

    Known as “Carottes Rapées”, this French-Style Grated Carrot Salad is ubiquitous in France. You can find it everywhere: on bistro menus, served as high orange piles topped with lemon wedges; in grocery stores, sold in plastic-sealed containers as well as at your local butcher, where you’ll commonly find it in the shop window displayed and sold by the gram. If you haven’t tasted “Carottes Rapées” yet, you’re definitely missing out on a staple!

  • A French “jardinière” is a colorful mixed vegetable side dish, usually served along with a big feast of meat –such as a Beef Sirloin Tip Roast. I love that there is no strict rules when composing a Jardinière: you can use vegetables according to what is in season – or in your garden (jardinière meaning a female gardener in French) By deduction, Spring is a wonderful season to compose a jardinière, and I love to play with seasonal vegetables such as spring peas, green beans, wax beans and carrots to create…

  • Creamy Dandelion Bread Soup

    by Audrey

    You may be familiar with dandelion as a rampant weed that invades your backyard every Spring, but did you know they’re in fact packed with nutrients and make a great leafy green to feast on? In France, dandelions bloom from April to June, and the leaves are widely enjoyed in salads, quiches and soups – revered for their health benefits and singular bittery taste. So when Spring comes in Canada, I have kept the habit of grabbing bunches of these big jagged-edged leaves. This Dandelion Bread Soup makes great use…

  • Eggplant Caviar Dip (Caviar d’Aubergine)

    by Audrey

    With sunnier days coming up, you know there’s something the French are getting an itch for – and that is “L’Apero” (short for appetizers). The French Apero is a ritual of before dinner snacks and drinks, so dear to French hearts. Think American “Happy Hour”, but a little more food-focused. And although enjoyed throughout the entire year, it is even more religiously followed during the Spring and Summer, two seasons where one is prone to being wedged on a sun-drenched patio with friends, enjoying drinks and small bites. Often impromptu…

  • I love to turn to Basque Country cuisine to bring sunshine and heat to the kitchen. This region, which straddles both Southern France and Northern Spain, embraces both country’s influences and offers a cuisine that is always vivacious and colorful. This Basque-Style risotto, known as “riz Gaxuxa” (pronounced Gachoocha) is a typical dish of Basque-country. More precisely, of the mountainous inland Basque country, with fresh and cured meats, grains and vegetables (while the coastal Basque cuisine oozes with fish and seafood). My quicker version of this traditional dish is a…

  • Swiss Chard Potato Gnocchi from Nice (Merda de Can)

    by Audrey

    In French, “Merde de chien” or in English, “Dog’s poo” (to remain polite), these “Merda de Can” are a scrumptious specialty from Nice, on the French Riviera. Don’t be fooled by the extremely unappealing name of this extremely delectable dish! These homemade Swiss Chard and Potato Gnocchi (named after their shape) are delicious and very popular in this region of France. You can find them on many restaurants’ menus and they are home-cooks’ favorites, as they’re a great way to sneak greens into a dish (and are so fun to…

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