Month: January 2011

Gratin dauphinois

January 31, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 8, 2008. Gratin dauphinois (or scalloped potatoes) is a dish that gets its name from the Dauphiné region in the southeast of France. It consists primarily of potatoes that are slowly cooked in the oven, with milk or cream. As with all traditional dishes, there is […]

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Chickpea, a Canadian legume

January 29, 2011 No Comments

The chickpea is one of the most cultivated legumes in the world. It is part of the daily diet in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and India. It was first cultivated in 7000 BC in Turkey and has since been traditionally grown in rotation with durum wheat in semi-arid soils.

Where exactly does ‘Chili con Carne’ come from?

January 27, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on June 24, 2006. Contrary to popular opinion, this is not a Mexican dish, but rather the national dish of Texas, also known by the people over there as ‘the red bowl’.

Duck meat, for good taste and health

January 24, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on January 27, 2007. Duck lovers enjoy its delicious meat, which is so easy to prepare, and which helps maintain the cardiovascular system in good shape, thanks to its low levels of cholesterol and high levels of monounsaturated fats.

Bananas may soon disappear

January 22, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on January 22, 2011. Although the banana tree is one of the oldest known plants, its fruit was apparently not eaten by our hunter-gatherer ancestors because it was not very fleshy and was full of many non-edible seeds. Evidence of the first banana cultivations for human consumption (dating […]

Lentils: The Truth About Puy

January 21, 2011 No Comments

People say that lentils represent life in India. In Italy, because their shape resembles coins, they are eaten on the first day of the New Year, in order to ensure prosperity all year long.

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Curry, an Adventurous Fragrance

January 19, 2011 No Comments

This subtle bouquet of bronze coloured spices that peps up savoury as well as sweet dishes, is used all the way from the West Indies to Asia and it passes through Africa and of course, India. It is a mixture that can contain anywhere between five to 30 different spices, but it is most usually […]

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Carrots, good for your health and pocket

January 15, 2011 No Comments

Given the omnipresence of carrots in our diet today, it’s hard to believe that up until the 19th century, this vegetable was hardly eaten by humans as it was mostly used for feeding cattle. But surprisingly enough, it has been around since 3000 BC, but in its original form, which was more fibrous and bitter, […]

Broccoli Rabe, the flavour of Italy

January 13, 2011 1 Comment

Broccoli rabe is a plant that most probably originated in the Mediterranean region. It is similar to broccoli, cabbage and various other members of the cruciferous family. It has thin green stalks which end in spiked leaves and flower buds.

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Oranges: King of citrus

January 10, 2011 No Comments

The citrus fruit season is in full swing. We all know that they are an excellent source of vitamin C. In this regard, orange is the champion fruit. However, given that vitamin C quickly turns sour on coming into contact with air, it is better to consume only freshly squeezed orange juice or better still, […]

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Smart weight-loss tips

January 8, 2011 No Comments

At the beginning of the year, we all make some dietary change or the other in order to get rid of those few extra kilos we put on during the holiday season… or during the previous year! But as we all know, it’s very difficult to maintain these good resolutions and weight-loss, especially without any […]

Spaghetti with the least carbohydrates

January 7, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 3, 2007. This week, I’d like to recommend a « spaghetti squash» dish, which is very popular among those who follow a low-carb diet, as it can replace normal spaghetti and be topped with many pasta sauces.

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