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Orleans Island is a calm and peaceful place filled with nature, deer, maple trees, agriculture, and lots of history. The island was discovered by Jacques Cartier back in 1535. The land and its microclimate make the island ultra-fertile and a great place to cultivate. Situated right next to Quebec city, it is a great getaway place for the weekend. Since it’s quite a seasonal place, the island wakes up slowly in the early spring with the ‘Cabanes a sucre’ (sugar shacks) season. Join the earthy brunch of a sugar shack with its live music and maple syrup on everything! Finishing always with a tire sure neige which is the maple toffee made on snow. In the early summertime, it’s the berries season (except blueberry, which is at the end of summer). Then the sweet corn in August and fall, it’s apple and pumpkin season. The island has many “pick it up yourself” places, which is an excellent…

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 simmered until tender. As a kid, I visited my grandparents once or twice a year. They lived 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. A succulent and traditional meat stew called Bouilli was the typical welcome smell of my grandma’s place. Such a treat! A Winter Stew This recipe is a flashback to those pleasant visits to my grandparent’s place. My grandma would make this recipe from September, when the root veggies were fully grown, until the end of winter. As one knows, Quebec, my homeland, has inherited…

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