Month: March 2010

Clam Chowder… with mussels!

March 27, 2010 No Comments

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 […]

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Popeye and his spinach

March 26, 2010 No Comments

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 […]

The importance of water

March 24, 2010 2 Comments

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 […]

The taste of spring

March 21, 2010 No Comments

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.

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Cooking with beer

March 20, 2010 No Comments

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.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2010 No Comments

You don’t need to have Celtic blood in your veins to celebrate the festival of the Irish patron saint (although it’s said that 40% of people in Quebec can trace at least one Irish ancestor).

Mom’s recipes

March 15, 2010 No Comments

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.

Mango, the king of fruits

March 13, 2010 1 Comment

Appreciated for its juicy orange flesh, sweet taste and fragrance, the mango is the most widely consumed tropical fruit in the world, after the banana.

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March 11, 2010 No Comments

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 […]

A day to celebrate

March 8, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on March 8, 2008. International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world. It’s a tradition that represents 100 years of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

The Truth About Balsamic Vinegar

March 6, 2010 4 Comments

Over the past few years, balsamic vinegar has increased in popularity and can now be found in local supermarkets. But what exactly is it made of?

Discovering Tagine

March 4, 2010 No Comments

The “tagine” cooking dish, which originated in the Maghreb region, is a hollow, round dish with a cone shaped cover.

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