Aioli is the name of a garlic mayonnaise. Aioli is also a traditional Provencal dish that was typically served on Fridays. The classic dish le grand “Aïoli” Provençal is served with salted cod and potatoes. A meal suitable for the days of penance. Practised cooks would methodically re-hydrate the cod and transform it back into an edible protein. The preparation of the traditional ingredients requires time to soak and desalinate the cod. This process involves removing the excess salt, cutting the cod in pieces, and soaking in fresh water for up to 15 hours (changing the water 2-3 times). Once the salt is removed the fish is poached gently in a pot with milk and water. The cod should not boil as it becomes rubbery. Interested yet? You should be! (more…)
Ginger and Nutmeg had been on the road for 12 days travelling to Italian cities and ski resorts. They arrived back in Aix en Provence after a 9+ hour drive, and it took a full day to get through the laundry, pick up Jade from the “doggie spa” and buy some groceries. It was at some point that day, that they noticed a text message from Truffle – he was just a few kilometers away. His planned high-mountain ski randonnée in Corsica had been cancelled due to awful conditions. The great news is Truffle was in town and could come for dinner, the bad news: what do you serve a guy who makes foie gras and magret de canard for regular pre-dinner snacks? Dinner was fine, the wine and company much better. (more…)
Nutmeg is a “greeniac” (just ask Ginger)… she turns out lights before she leaves a room, recycles everything, uses the rain barrel to water her plant pots, faithfully composts greens and browns, buys eco-friendly cleaning products – but she does NOT believe in global warming! On August 29th, Ginger and Nutmeg awoke to slightly above freezing temperatures and a very clear view of snow a third of the way down the nearby mountain peaks. Yes it is true, the rest of the country, and possibly the world is suffering with heat stroke, water restrictions and cool blended drinks. Al Gore be damned according to Nutmeg, there is no global warming in Southern Alberta, it is soup time! So out comes the Corn and Crab Chowder (check out the recipe below). (more…)
Need a dinner idea? Wondering what to serve for dinner on Cinco de Mayo in snowy Calgary? Yes, for those of you who live in places that have normal weather – it is SNOWING! So it calls for drastic measures; pull out the tequila and the Mexican beer. Here is a Fish Taco recipe (care of Saffron): Print Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe type: Main Dish Cuisine: Mexican Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 4 This recipe is very easy, you can play with the fish, the level of spice and the toppings. Ingredients 1½ pounds Mahi Mahi A few Limes 1 Medium Red cabbage 1 Bunch Cilantro 1 Small Red Onion 8 Medium Tortillas ½ Cup Plain Yogurt ½ Cup Mayonnaise Salt and pepper, to taste Hot Sauce, to taste Instructions Marinate Mahi Mahi in fresh lime juice for an hour Finely slice the cabbage Chop cilantro Dice the red onion Cut the limes into wedges Season the fish with salt and pepper and cook in a frying pan for about 3 minutes a side Mix the yogurt and mayonnaise with some hot sauce, for topping Divide the fish between the tortillas and serve with the toppings 3.2.2499 Serve with your favorite Mexican beverage and enjoy Cinco de Mayo!
Nutmeg was convinced when she moved to Calgary that she would never see swordfish or good ahi tuna again. Without disclosing how long she has been in Calgary let’s just say the seafood scene is much improved. There are some very good places to buy seafood now. Calgary will never rival the likes of Vancouver’s Granville island, Seattle’s Pikes Place, Fisherman’s wharf or any of the other amazing places to buy really fresh seafood. (more…)
Nutmeg loves this idea for an open house – invite people over for a bowl of soup and a drink on New Year’s day. It is a great way to hear all the stories from the night before and toast the New Year with your friends. One additional bonus, is there is a very good chance no one will stay late as they were up the night before… (more…)