Month: March 2010
Clam chowder is a hearty soup that is very popular in North America’s east coast, stretching from the Maritime Provinces till Manhattan and passing through Newfoundland and New England. The traditional recipe includes clams, potatoes, milk, cream and various herbs and spices. The word “chowder” actually derives from the French word chaudière (cooking pot) in […]
Who doesn’t remember Popeye, the famous cartoon sailor from our childhood, who used to get superhuman strength by gulping down a can of spinach? This legend probably had something to do with the content of iron in spinach, as iron is a mineral that protects against anemia and the feeling of weakness that results from […]
It contains neither proteins, nor carbohydrates nor lipids, so it is not a food. And yet, it is an indispensable nutrient for all our vital processes. It makes up 60 to 70% of our body weight, and we lose more than 2 liters (or 2 kilos) per day, only in order to ensure our basic […]
Spring arrived yesterday! According to astronomy, this season starts with the spring equinox, (from the Latin aequinoctium or aequus meaning ‘equal’ and nox meaning ‘night’). It signifies the first of two specific moments in the year when day and night are equal in length.
The history of beer is closely related to that of barley and spelt (a type of wheat), which are its basic ingredients. The cultivation of these grains dates back to 8000 BC in Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq). As for the beer itself, there is formal proof of its existence in 4000 BC.
Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on March 3, 2007. Some of our best childhood memories are very often related to food. This week I’d like to share with you, 2 traditional Quebecois recipes that I learnt from my mother-in-law, who in turn, copied them from her grandmother.
Sugar shack season is almost here. Between the months of March and April, the snow is still on the ground, but it’s warm during the day. It is during this time that maple sap is harvested and concentrated to give us that delicious product called maple syrup. So let’s make the most of spring and […]