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Rustic Fig and Ricotta Galette

Inspiration:  Fresh figs given to me by some of my Italian friends Don’t really have a story for this recipe but I really do love fresh figs.  I thought combining them with a ricotta filling would create a really wonderful, Italian inspired desert.  This combination turned out to be really good and the pie was []

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Guinness Bread ♣

We recently had one of the best meals we have had in a long time at l’écrivain in Dublin. Everything about the evening was perfect.   The restaurant’s decor was elegant and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful, the service was excellent and the food was imaginative with great flavor combinations, showcasing really good ingredients. What []

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Rustic Mushroom Pea Halloumi Galette

Inspiration:  Cottage food There was a recent wonderful article and recipe selection in the current issue of Fine Cooking magazine (August – September 2016) on sweet and savoury galettes otherwise known as rustic pies.  The pictures were beautiful and I was inspired to create some of my own galettes with ingredients I love to combine together.   Apparently, []

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Irish Colcannon (Vegan)

Inspiration:  Discovering Colcannon in Dublin at KC Peaches and the excellent brunch at EVOO in St-Henri (Montreal) !   Traditional Irish staples of potatoes and cabbage come together in this recipe. What seems like a very simple dish is really quite amazingly delicious. Roasting the cabbage and cauliflower makes them sweet and adding them to the []

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Whipped Shortbread

    With Christmas just one week away, it’s time to start preparing. The recipe for these wonderful, buttery whipped shortbread cookies has been in storage for the past 5 years while we were away.  When I made them last week, I remembered why these are always a hit.  The texture is perfect for shortbread and []

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Mac & Cheese

Inspiration:  Homemade pasta I have made mac & cheese before but, I have to admit, making your own noodles is quite a chore – fun to do –  but a process nonetheless.   No more!!!  I have met and fell in love with the Phillips Pasta Maker.  This tool in incredible.  It took me 10 []

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Chocolate, Orange Scones

This is a recipe I used to make a long time ago and pull out every once in a while when I am in the mood for a delicious, not too sweet, buttery scone.  It brings back memories of the wonderful scones we ate when in Dublin and as St-Patrick’s day is just around the []

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Foie Gras Ravioli with Sweet Onion Cream

This was one of those fabulous appetizers that you order and when you put it in your mouth, you have to close your eyes to get the full effect of the combination of tastes and textures! After I ordered this in a Paris restaurant, I had to come home and try to make it.  How []

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Spanish Paella (Chicken, Chorizo, Shrimp and Mussels)

Inspiration:  I love the beautiful paellas served in food markets in Europe and have always wanted to make my own.  The making of this paella was a group effort with the guys on the barbecue and the ladies prepping and cooking the seafood in the kitchen.  It turned out amazing and was a true labor []

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Irish Guinness Stew

Inspiration:  Helping out a friend for an upcoming St-Patrick’s day celebration 🍀 and for my Irish husband (who really enjoyed this). The addition of some coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate helps to bring out the roasted flavours of the guinness beer in this recipe – otherwise its flavour is almost all lost in the cooking process.  The []

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Cream of Mushroom, Duxelle with Foie Gras Shavings

I had this wonderful soup as an entrée recently when we had the chance to return to Paris (aka happiness) for a few days. The combination of the flavours was really good and I thought that the way it was presented was interesting. The soup was very light and foamy with texture coming from the []

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Chocolate Pop Tarts (Homemade of course)

Inspiration:  Throwback to Saturday mornings when I was a kid. I recently saw a post on for pop tarts and boy did that bring me back to my childhood.  When I was young – I’m gonna say around 8 years old – we were allowed to have chocolate pop tarts on Saturday morning while []

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Puffed Crepes with Maple Lemon Mascarpone Butter

Inspiration:  Pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes) and Yorkshire Pudding Alternately, you can cook the batter in a pre-heated cast iron skillet – very dramatic and so good! It took me three tries to get these right.  Sometimes, what seems like the easiest recipes can be the most difficult to perfect.  I can now speak from experience and []

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Beer and Cheddar Soup

Inspiration:  Octoberfest! Guaranteed hit if you are a beer lover.  I’m not but I really think the flavours of this soup are interesting in a really good way.   Had this add Bristro Vallier a while ago and have been wanting to recreate it ever since.  With the colder weather just around the corner, I []

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