Tagine a la Québécoise: Historically Tagine is an ancient Berber dish made of meats and vegetables and traditionally cooked in a conical clay pot to allow the steam to rise, condense and drip back down. Although traditionally used to cook stew type meals, we like to use our Tagine for all sorts of delectable dishes. With a new homemade sausage place just recently opening up in our city, we decided to make one of their specialty meats the star of this recipe. With an added French Canadian twist our Tagine a la Québécoise proves itself utterly indulgent and satisfying!
Ingredients: 1.5LB / 600G of small potatoes 2 medium sized onions, sliced. 4 fresh sausages (“Bacon et Fromage en grains” from Ils en Fument du Bon) 398ml of Poutine gravy 40g of Cheese Curds 2tbsp of Olive Oil Salt and pepper to taste
Method: Preheat the oven to 375°(F). Add the sliced onions, potatoes, Olive Oil, salt and pepper to the Tagine. Place the thyme on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, place the sausage on top, cover with the Tagine cover and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and discard thyme sprigs. Heat the Poutine sauce in a saucepan. Drop the cheese curds on top of the sausage and potatoes and pour over the Poutine gravy.
*Tajine cooking can be replicated by using a slow cooker or similar item, but the result will be slightly different. If Poutine gravy is not available, it can be substituted with any dark brown gravy.
Fish is my favorite oxymoron. It’s delicately hearty and leaves you feeling comfortably satiated. We’ve paired up meaty Tilapia with Mediterranean flavors that are purfect for a dinner below the summer stars.
3 Tilaipa fillets
1 bunch of green onions
1 14 oz can of cherry tomatoes
½ cup of pitted black olives
A handful of fresh basil leaves
½ cup of crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper
Cut up the green onion and add it to a pan. Place the tilapia fillets on top of the green onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper . Pour over the cherry tomatoes and olives. Add the basil leaves, cover the pan and turn on to medium heat. Once the tomato sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and allow to cook for 15 minutes (or until the fish is cooked through). Garnish with feta cheese. Serve on top of fresh spinach or other greens. 🍽️🍷
Cheddar and Sage Spread: Sharp cheddar and fresh sage are two flavors that marry so well together. With a hint of Dijon, this flavorful cheesy spread is a perfect appetizer fit for National Herbs and Spices Day!
450g of sharp cheddar 2 tbsp of dijon mustard 4 tbsp of Olive Oil 1 bunch of fresh sage leaves
Method: Place all of the ingredients into the food processor. Process until smooth. Spread on your favorite fresh bread.
Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade: Packed with tangy olive flavor, our
Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade is the perfect dish for sharing on National Olive Day!
Ingredients: 1 can (398 ml) of pitted green olives 1 can (398 ml) of pitted black olives 2 green peppers 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 4 tbsp of Olive Oil 1 hot pepper Fresh Oregano leaves
Method: Cut up the peppers and onions. In a large pan, add the olive oil and allow to heat. Sautée the peppers and onions until browned (about 10 minuted), add the oregano leaves and mix well. In a food processor, add the olives and the sautéed mixture. Pulse until you reach desired texture (should be that of a chunky spread). Serve as a spread with fresh bread.
Fennel is part of the carrot family and is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean. It is an aromatic herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. It has a mild licorice flavor and can be used in a variety of salads and soups. Fresh fennel salad not only has many health benefits but also packs a whole lot of taste!
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
½ cup of Greek black olives
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
Fresh basil leaves (sliced)
½ cup of Feta cheese (crumbled)
salt and pepper to taste
Cut the orange in half, juice half the orange and set aside. In a large bowl, add the thinly sliced fennel, drizzle with the olive oil and fresh squeezed orange juice. Cut the other half of the orange into slices and then quarters. Add the orange slices, olives, basil, salt and pepper and feta cheese to the bowl. Mix well and add the tablespoon of wine vinegar. Serve as is or as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.
The perfect balance of sweet but not too sweet, this colorful cake pairs up perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee!
1 cup oil
2 eggs beaten
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup of blueberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 deegrees (F). In a large mixing bowl. combine oil, eggs, vanilla and milk together. In a medium bowl, blend together sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Combine egg mixture with flour mixture. Pour half the batter into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Spread blueberry jam evenly over the batter. Top with remaining batter and and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes (or until knife inserted comes out clean).
Nothing makes Oreo happier than food! Our Tiny Tuna Cakes are one of his favourites and they’re purrfect for sharing! 😋
Recipe: 1 can of low sodium flaked *tuna in water ¼ cup of all purpose flour ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese 1 egg Olive Oil (or you can use a non-stick cooking spray)
Method: (Makes about 10 mini muffins) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with the flour, cheese and egg. Mix well. Using a mini muffin tin, grease 10 of the muffin cups with Olive Oil (or a non stick cooking spray). Fill the greased cups evenly with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes. Let cool, top with your cat’s favorite kitty treat and serve!
These are also perfectly fine for human consumption! Just omit the kitty treat topping!
*note: Always check the ingredients on the can of tuna to be sure they do not include soy or other preservatives. Only purchase tuna with the ingredients: tuna, water, salt (and nothing else!)
Chocolate Mint Scones: I love anything that is remotely similar to bread. Add a little chocolate and you’ve got my undivided attention. To celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day, we’ve concocted some delightfully satiating scones that are a perfect after eight snack!
Ingredients: 2 cups of Bisquick 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips 1/3 cup of white chocolate chips ¾ cup of milk 1 bunch of fresh mint 1 tbsp of salted butter
Method: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). In a large mixing bowl, add the Bisquick, chocolate chips, mint and milk. Mix until the ingredients form a crumbly dough. Separate the dough into 6 scones and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 16 – 18 minutes (or until slightly golden). Lightly butter the tops with salted butter. Serve warm.
Banana Squares: Everyone knows that one of the best parts about the holidays are the homemade treats! My favorites are always the simple ones. The perfect little gift to give yourself at breakfast or with a nice cup of tea before bedtime, these banana squares are my own yearly tradition! It’s a great way to say “Merry Christmas to me”!
Ingredients: ½ cup of unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature 1 cup of sugar 1 egg, room temperature 2 mashed bananas 1 teaspoon of baking soda 2 cups of flour A pinch of salt ¼ tsp of Vanilla
Method: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes (Letting it sit is important as this is what will make the squares rise).
Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Whisk together the flour and salt. Add to the butter and banana mixture and mix until combined.
Spread the mixture into a greased (or parchment lined) 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool and serve.
Note: I like to pre-cut the squares and freeze them in ziplock bags. This is great for unexpected Holiday visitors!
Hearty Tuna Salad: Canned tuna is something I always like to have on hand. It has many uses and can easily be added to many dishes. Great for serving up when you’ve got unexpected guests, our Hearty Tuna Salad will ensure they come knocking again!
Ingredients: 1 can of chunk light tuna in water 1 can (400g) of Fagioli Bianchi di Spagna 1 small tomato (cut in chunks) 1 small Avocado (cut in chunks) 1 tsp of dried thyme 1 tbsp of lemon juice 1 tsp of Olive Oil ½ tsp of Dijon mustard ¼ tsp of hot chili flakes
Method: Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with all of the other ingredients (I conserve the tuna juice and serve it to the cats as a treat!). Mix well. Serve with dill pickles and toast.