Monthly Archives: December 2012

tourtière à la canadienne

To follow-up with last night’s post, I phoned my mom this morning. With promises of blog-fame and fortune, I cunningly convinced her to give up her famed recipe… which turns out to be straight out of the Cercle des fermières cookbook. So, since tourtière is such an important part of my French-Canadian culture, and because it’s just much too delicious not to share with you, here’s the recipe!

Tourtière à la canadienne
1 tbsp butter
1 1 /2 lbs ground pork
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Dash of ground clove
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Enough pie dough for 2 pie crusts

Over low heat, melt butter and onion. Cook onion until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add pork and fry until just browned, approximately 5 minutes. You don’t want the meat to dry out. Once the juices start coming out, it’s cooked enough. Add the cold water, salt, pepper, ground clove (to taste) and cinnamon. Simmer for 30 minutes.

While the meat mixture simmers, heat oven to 400.

Roll out dough and place in a pie plate. Fill the crust with the meat mixture. Place top crust over pie and pinch edges to seal. Don’t forget to cut slits on the top of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Brush the top of the pie with your egg wash. Bake, at 400, until your pie crust is cooked and golden.





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post-holiday feast

Happy Holidays!
Christmas has come and gone and so have my parents. We have a lovely little Christmas which turned out perfectly, despite my parents being snowed in and almost not making it.  Mom made it on time, but my dad was forced to stay back until the snow was cleared from the roof and they had power, and running water again. Thankfully, he managed to find a new flight and arrived late in the afternoon Christmas Eve.

Once all the gatherings were through, I whipped up a lovely meal of leftovers for us which consisted of apple, cheddar and spinach salad with toasted pine nuts, butternut squash soup (the recipe can be found here) and my mom’s absolutely scrumptious tourtière! I need to get the recipe from her and try it soon. For the time being, I have two pies left in the freezer. Huzzah!

Spinach, apple and cheddar salad
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

Approximately 6 cups of baby spinach
1 large crisp, tart apple (I like to use Granny Smith)
3 ounces aged, sharp cheddar, diced.
1/4 cup sweet onion, sliced thinly
3-4 tbsp toasted pine nuts (or any nuts will do, I’ve used almonds and pecans in the past)

Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a bowl until slightly thickened. Set aside.

Combine the salad ingredients at the last possible minute. I usually hold off on slicing the apple until the very end so it doesn’t brown. If I can’t wait, I’ll toss the apple slices in a bit of lemon juice to delay the oxidation. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss lightly.

Delicious soup!

Mmmmm. Tourtière.


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heeelp! shaaaark!


I’ve been MIA big time. I can’t seem to keep up with the blog these days. I have boatloads of photos and recipes to share, but I just can’t seem to find the time to come down to the dungeon, err… basement, to get it done. We’ve made the decision to move the office to the 3rd bedroom and room the boys together: bunk beds have been purchased and we’re in the process of selling the old furniture to make room for the new massive beds! I hope that by having the computer in a more accessible space I a) find it easier to update the blog and b) don’t waste too much more time on the computer. ;)

I just wanted to share the cupcakes I made for my nephew’s pool party/luau themed birthday party. I’m thrilled with the results and am excited to share! The shark fins and life savers are crafted out of marshmallow fondant, and the “sand” on the umbrella cupcakes are crushed graham crackers. I’m particularly fond of the life saver cupcakes, myself!



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