Category Archives: Recipes

A pretty perfect chicken (by memory)

A few days ago, I decided that it was time again to make one of my favourite recipes (Volaille Fermière au Vinaigre, or Farmhouse Chicken in Vinegar Sauce) from my favourite cookbook (Saveur Cooks Authentic French). It was only after … Continue reading

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Hospital Food Confidential: Secrets, ideas, tips

Far be it from me to slag all hospital food, whether it’s served in France, North America, or anywhere else. I know it’s a tough job preparing edible food at a reasonable cost for clients who are either ill or … Continue reading

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Some down-home French cooking

The ingredients at yesterday’s lunch may have been all French, but the idea actually came from a U.S. food show that my wife Jan and I were watching several days ago. “Mmmmmmm,” we both thought (yes, there were simultaneous thought … Continue reading

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Spanish flavours and colours on French plates

You might think that Italy and Spain get fairly equal billing around here, since they both border France, but in Southwest France, including the Greater Daglan Area, Spain is ahead by a country mile. It’s not uncommon for full-time or … Continue reading

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Mark’s amazing scallops with apple: The recipe

By popular demand, I bring you the recipe for the amazing scallops that we enjoyed last Wednesday, as the third course of our seven-course, seven-and-a-half-hour Christmas Day lunch (“A Christmas feast in France,” posted December 27). Made by our friend … Continue reading

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Doing the osso buco switcheroo

Today is officially the first day of winter. (Here in the Greater Daglan Area, it’s sunny and cold, with the temperature hovering around freezing — thanks for asking.) And of course, Christmas is getting awfully close. So you’re probably wondering … Continue reading

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My fast French Peking Duck

As November drew to a close in our village — sometimes rainy, sometimes just overcast, usually cold — there’s lots of  time for thinking. How much firewood will we go through this winter? What will be on the menu for … Continue reading

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