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SUMMER VEGETABLE TIAN

SUMMER VEGETABLE TIAN

I made this vegetarian dish in my little galley Omnia Stove Top Oven but it is traditionally made in a conventional oven.  And because I felt lazy today, it was hot and we were at anchor and it had been a very long day and I didn’t want a lot of washing up, I decided to sauté the onion and garlic directly in the Omnia cooking pan instead of a sauté pan.  Worked our very well, I said patting myself…

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LA GARBURE – #15 of 44 FRENCH CLASSICS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

LA GARBURE – #15 of 44 FRENCH CLASSICS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

Back at it, picking away at my 44 French Classics. So many of the South-western French recipes on the list are basic stews with varying ingredients. For this next one, I found many recipes of the same name but the meat ingredients seemed to vary. The common elements were duck legs, cabbage, and were heavy on the root vegetables. It’s basically known as a peasant stew. The following is my attempt at reproducing what I imagine it would taste like…

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POT-AU-FEU – #14 of 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

POT-AU-FEU – #14 of 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

‘Tis the time to revisit my “44 French Classic Meals You Need to Try Before You Die” (modified for my tiny Galley kitchen of course) Literally ‘pot on fire’ Pot-au-Few is a traditional French beef stew made with beef marrow bones and root veggies, which brings me to another thought I had for a series of posts… (I do love series don’t I?) Seasonal Eating and this post fits in nicely into the month of November, with chilly winds howling…

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#17 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

#17 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

A few years ago on our way back from a trip to Portugal we made our routine stop at the duty free shop. One of the sales people encouraged me to buy a complete Bloc de Foie Gras… ‘Madame, it is on sale, just 99 €’… Well why not? So buy it I did. You would think that because the sales person had to know we were returning to Canada that they would also be aware of any import restrictions…

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#13 EGGS PIPÉRADE – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

#13 EGGS PIPÉRADE – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

Back to working on my list of 44 Classic French Meals (check out the rest starting here or type 44 in search field) I stopped for a while because the next group of recipes are more for cold weather eating. But this cool rainy day seems to call for something comforting, tasty, a little spicy and good for bread dipping. Our land neighbour who has a community garden, blessed us with some fresh veggies the other day. I have made…

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CHEESE and CORN SOUFFLÉ #10 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

CHEESE and CORN SOUFFLÉ #10 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

While we are waiting for R.E.D. (our boat) to ‘splash’ , I figured I might as well get back to working my way through these 44 Classic French Meals I need to modify for my galley… This next one will be a challenge… Soufflés are tricky in the best of conditions (they can fall) …and we don’t have an oven onboard. So out comes my trusty Omnia Stove Top Oven… #10 CHEESE & CORN SOUFFLÉ 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan…

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44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #9

44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #9

Hmm…blood pudding might sound a bit ghoulish to some… images of Sweeney Todd… …but I have fond memories of east coast Lunenburg Pudding – savoury, spicy… There were many tasty looking recipes using Black Pudding… one in particular with braised red cabbage and apple but the closer to boating season I get the more I want to simplify… so simplify I did… I made a delicious stir up for breakfast… #9 BOUDIN NOIR (Black Pudding ) Nothing terribly complicated.. Slice…

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44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #8

44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #8

This next recipe is a standard… classic comfort food… and, of course, an easy fix up for the simplest of galleys… My Mom made it using up leftovers from Sunday’s roast beef dinner. I in turn made it for my kids so my recipe usually included ‘hiding’ lots of veggies in the mix. The classic version uses mainly onions, garlic and sometimes corn. Regardless…add…subtract… the end result is pure tasty memories of childhood…. sometimes called Cottage PIe… sometimes – Shepherd’s…

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44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #7

44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #7

Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this… No preamble necessary… …and no altering the recipe to suit the simpest of galleys. #7 SOLE MEUNIÈRE 2 servings 2 – 4 sole filets 1/4 cup flour sea salt & pepper 2 tbsp cooking oil 2 tbsp butter for sauce… 1/4 cup butter 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley lemon wedges to garnish Rinse filets and pad dry. Season well with sea salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off…

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44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #6

44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – #6

The queen of all soups. That pretty much sums it up… New York Times food critic Amanda Hesser describes it as “One of the strangest and most delicious soup recipes… By the time it is done, the ‘soup’ is like a savory bread pudding and the top has a thick, golden crust that your guests will fight to the death over.” I posted a recipe for this last year (link) and it met with my taste tester’s approval. …but I…

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