Stuffed squid and Cassolet de Castelnaudary

These dishes are from Languedoc-Roussillon.

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Encornets farcis à la Sétoise

I would have photographed the cassolet, but it was literally just baked beans covered in breadcrumbs in silver pie tin. It wasn’t a very photogenic dish despite being filled with confit duck leg, hand-stuffed sausage and salted pork belly.

If I ever served this dish on my fictitious menu in my hypothetical restaurant, I would have to re-engineer it for presentation of all the hard work that goes into it.

February 20th, 2017

 

Lamb shoulder and tilapia niçoise

These dishes are also from Provence – Côte d’Azur.

This dish features lamb shoulder slices with fingerling potatoes and barigoule-style artichokes.

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Épaule d’agneau en Garrigue, pommes rattes et barigoule d’artichauts

This dish is supposed to be made with red snapper, but I had to cook with tilapia instead (due to seasonality, perhaps.) It features a base of plum tomatoes, lemon segments, anchovies and other tart garnishes.

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Rougets niçoise

February 20th, 2017

 

Seafood risotto and lemon tart

This dish is from Provence – Côte d’Azur I

A classic lemon tart dessert, which well well-received by everyone at work:

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Tarte au citron

Here is a second photo for perspective:

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Tarte au citron

The main course of this lesson was a seafood risotto. The arborio rice we used was not my favourite and the timing of the seafood garnishes was tricky to execute, but the product is one I’m proud of.

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Risotto aux fruits de mer

February 20th, 2017

Brew Donkey Tour

Last weekend I went on a craft beer, distilled spirits and winery tour of Ottawa! Here’s some photos from this awesome field trip.

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Aging barrels upon barrels of whiskey at the North of 7 Distillery
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My Brew Donkey tour booklet
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Josh, from Dominion City Brewing, giving us a sneak taster of their new “Canada Gose” beer
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Everyone who attended the tour with me!
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The five spirits we tasted at North of 7 Distillery
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Clinking glasses at Vignoble Clos du Vully winery.

February 7th, 2017

Skating, skiing, Winterlude, Parliament hill

Living in Ottawa has given me the opportunity to cross a number of things off my bucket list, including skating on the Rideau Canal, meeting an astronaut and attending Winterlude!

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Skating on the Rideau Canal
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Eating a Beavertail on the Canal
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Meeting Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman (and neurologist) in space! At Parliament Hill.
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Free cookies and hot chocolate inside the Metro Ice Cafe igloo at Winterlude
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Camp Fortune, Gatineau: my first time skiing!

 

February 7th, 2017