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Bouilli or pot au feu québécois is a traditional beef stew from Québec, Canada inspired by the famous dish ‘pot au feu’ from France. A simple stew made of root vegetables, beef and pork belly cooked slowly until tender. As a kid, I used to visit my grandparents once or twice a year. They were living in a small and remote village far away in the forest called Lac-des-Aigles (Eagles lake). We would always arrive in the late afternoon and the cast iron pot would already be doing its magic on the stove for hours… leaving behind this fantastic homey, comforting stew smell. In the pot was a succulent and traditional meat stew called Bouilli in Quebec. A winter dish to warm up the bones This recipe is a flashback to those nice visits to my grandparent’s place. My grandma would make this recipe starting from when the root veggies would be fully grown in September…

An unctuous and spicy Mexican stew made with a Mole style sauce and tender beef cubes served with tortilla chips, corn and parsley, for an “Olé” night.  I was browsing the Web last week and saw lots of stews and Mexican food around… it made me want them both badly… so I’ve decided to merge them both into one nice stew meal; a Mexican Stew. The two are comforting and great dishes for winter times but this stew version is double the comfort; it’s a “French” way stew with the usual; carrot, potato, beef, mini french oignons merged to a spicy Mole style sauce for a Mexican flair; adding Chipotle peppers in Adobo, tomato puree, chocolate, corn and some cinnamon, cumin and coriander powder. Result: Fantastic! Chipotle peppers The mole sauce is a thick spicy Mexican sauce made with chocolate and lots of hot peppers. Since my maximal tolerance toward “spicy” is at medium-hot,  I’ve aimed at…

Enoki enveloped in a thinly cut (carpaccio style) beef slices with a dash of tamari and black sesame seeds for a simple and fun bite on your next dinner party. A savory bite These Enoki Beef Rolls savory appetizers originate from Japon, a tender meat rolled around crunchy enoki mushrooms, a drop of tamari and a sprinkle of black sesame. Sometimes, simple is the answer to your guest’s stomach… My Cantonese sister in law made those mini rolls for my family once, slightly differently made (in the wok instead of the oven) but I thought it would make a nice appetizer idea for the holidays. When you receive guests, it’s always a tricky thing to satisfy everyone, this one appetizer is a carnivore pleaser guaranteed, plus it’s so simple to make. You can prepare them in advance and simply put them in the oven when your guests arrive and 10 minutes laters…

Coming back from holiday in Germany and I got myself some nice cooking books, my german isn’t so good yet, so it takes forever to understand a single recipe. But the one recipe I’ve always wanted to reproduce is the famous Knödel. This potato dumpling is in so many meals up in Germany or Central Europe for that matter, it’s accompany to perfection any meal with some type of gravy or sauce, even soups. There are tons of different styles of Knödel, for example with mushrooms, meat, spinach, etc. Also, I don’t want to make the easy kind Knödel made with bread or eggs… no…no… I want to learn the difficult one made just with potatoes (cooked and raw). I have to say in those 3 books I bought, I took the version of this recipe that had the most steps. I’ve learn this isn’t so easy to make so better be…

Stir fried beef and mushroom in chinese wine with udon noodles is so tasty, this rice wine is a bold, tasty compliment to any chinese dish. It smells way more powerful than normal grape wine and its taste is way bolder too, it’s closer to a fortified wine in taste. Without saying you need to be careful not to put too much of it. Yesterday, I went to my favorite asian market because I needed a refill of this, hard to find, vietnamese fish sauce. I can not recommend it enough, the vietnamese one is made with only fish and taste different than the thai fish sauce they sell in most stores. Once in there, I love to pick up something new, so this time, I’ve decided to experiment with this rice wine called Chen nian hua tiao Chiew. Let me say… after my first dish with it, this is going…

A Sous-Vide cooked Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce brings the sun of Andalusia into your plate! A elegant yet powerful dish made with Cherry and Sherry! The magic in this Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce dish is the sauce, a pure delight for the tastebuds. Sherry and cherry sounds similar but they are far from being similar in taste, the sherry is dry and the cherry sweet. Mixing those two together and you’ll get a divine combination. This is a recipe from the South of Spain, Andalusia, where the famous sherry is from. Andalusia Andalusia is a strong, bold and passionate place, just like it’s fortified wines and gastronomy. There are 4 main types of sherry, 2 mild ones; the Manzanilla and the Fino and 2 darker ones, richer and nuttier; the Amontillado and the Oloroso. The last one, Oloroso, is the richest of them all, and the one used in this…

Beef bourguignon or is French people favorite beef stew made out of a lot of red wine, bacon bits, mushrooms, carrots, onions and aromatics. This version comes with a twist; it is Served on pasta instead of potatoes, Because why not? Beef Bourguignon pasta or on spaghetti is a “mashup” dish between France beloved ‘Boeuf Bourguignon’ which is served with potatoes and Italian Ragu pasta. I like potatoes… but my husband not so much… so he always ask me to make his boeuf bourguignon on pasta. I have to agree with him on this; with pasta and a little extra parmesan, it’s gives the dish a whole new dimension. Plus, the pasta soak up all the goodness from the stew better than potatoes. Boeuf Bourguignon on pasta But either ways, the base of the recipe stays the same; braised beef cubes in a dutch oven cooked slowly in a red…

A traditional family dinner that is part of every French Canadian table is the famous ‘paté chinois’ which translate to ‘chinese paté’. A 3 layer pie of ground meat followed by the corn and topped by mashed potatoes. This version got a Spanish flair with some extra paprika, garlic, thyme and olive oil.  Paté Chinois / French Canadian Shepherd’s pie is a typical French Canadian meal… Apparently created by the British railroad workers, in the 19th century, as an imitation of the famous “cottage pie” (beef, lamb and mashed potatoes). The dish was an imminent “hit”, at least, for the “on site” railroad workers which included many French Canadians and many Chinese workers. The French brought it back home and called it: Chinese paté… which as nothing to do with China… The “paté chinois” differs from the cottage pie or shepherd pie mainly because of the corn layer in the middle.…

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