Spicy Thai Noodle Soup

Photo by Caroline West

When the weather’s at odds with the season, this light, yet comforting, soup hits the spot. The aromatic Thai-flavoured broth is made of fish stock and coconut milk steeped with ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. Sidestripe shrimp, rice noodles, and broccoli make for a soup that’s so heartening, you might even forget it’s raining. I prepare […]

Vegetarian Lasagna

Photo by Caroline West

This nutrient-dense lasagna is chock-full of kale, sweet peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, and an assortment of cheese. It’s so good even meat-lovers will be asking for seconds. Lasagna can be made entirely in advance, so it’s ideal for entertaining. Plan to make it when you’re in the mood to putter in the kitchen because the […]

Fish en Papiotte

Photo by Caroline West

This simple recipe brings back one of my fondest food memories. I prepared this dish in France a few summers ago, when my family exchanged homes with a family from Bordeaux.  Our temporary French home was beautiful but ancient with an oven so small we named it Le Easy Bake. Whether your oven is big […]

Sparkling Consommé

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In culinary school our chef instructor insisted on consommé so clear you could read the date on a dime at the bottom of a bowl. He never tossed pocket change into our soup but he did teach us how to transform cloudy stock into a consommé so light and translucent it sparkled — with flavour […]

Lentil Salad

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If you’re looking for a quick side dish or light lunch, you’ll want to try lentils dressed with a tart Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Toasted walnuts add a nutty crunch and freshly chopped cilantro, or parsley if you prefer, add a light, refreshing note. If I have it on hand, I’ll add a dollop of crème […]

Smoked Mackerel

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The flavour and texture of smoked mackerel is unlike any other fish. The flesh is ultra-moist with a smoky complexity that works best with tame ingredients that don’t overpower the fish. I’ve kept things simple by pairing my mackerel with a salad of white beans, kale, a few green olives and a good glug of […]

Duck Confit

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When I tell friends I’m making duck confit they look at me suspiciously, like maybe I skin rabbits or have a gutted deer hanging in my garage. Duck may sound exotic but the only hunting involved is rooting through the freezer section of your local grocer. Where there’s frozen turkey, there’s often duck. Duck confit […]

Classic Omelette

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Few foods transcend all seasons — cozy sweater food is not the same as breezy sundress fare — but omelettes stride both comforting and light in a single reassuring bite. More technique than recipe, a classic French omelette is very different from your sturdy, stuffed with “the works” omelette.  I enjoy both but when I’m […]

Spicy Potato Croquettes

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Potato croquettes are something you make with leftover mashed potatoes, except when your child requests them for her birthday dinner, in which case you skip the plain mashed and move directly to croquettes. This recipe combines mashed potatoes with freshly grated ginger and garlic and toasted Indian spices.  Next time I might use olives, anchovies […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Photo by Caroline West

One day you’re sipping white wine in the backyard and the next day you’re bundled in an sweater driving to school in the rain. My daughter is quiet in the car this morning, on her first day back. Her backpack sits on her lap and she hugs it to her chest, resting her head on […]