Evelyn Chartres Author

A Tour on Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

I had the opportunity to land on les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada.  The Magdalen Islands are small chain of islands located north of Prince Edward Island, Canada in the Saint Lawrence Gulf. While my stay was relatively short, I did visit a few museums, smoke house and a cheese maker.

The island is sparsely populated, offers beautiful landscapes, beaches, sea-side views and wind. I posted the above pictures in the hopes that it would inspire someone!

Cheese and Tourtiere Stuffed Pierogies

This is an amalgamation of dishes from different cultures. This recipe combines tourtières which is typically French Canadian and pierogies which are of Eastern European origin. What you end up with a bite-sized cheesy meat pie served as a main meal or as a side in large family gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • ⅔ cup of ice-cold water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of tourtiere meat
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. In a medium-sized bowl mix first four ingredients. Knead the dough, adding flour as necessary until dough can be handled.
  2. On a floured surface, place dough, flatten and cut into 4 inch (10 cm) diameter circles.
  3. On each piece add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cheddar and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of tourtiere meat. Fold in half and pinch edges to seal in contents.
  4. In a well-oiled pan fry on medium until pierogies are golden brown.
  5. Makes roughly 16 perogies in all. Serve with fried onions, shredded cheese and sour cream.

French Onion Marinade

A tasty way to prepare chicken by marinating the meat in onions, garlic, beef broth and balsamic vinegar. This dish is typically grilled, cut into tender bite-sized pieces of chicken. This is certainly a family favourite!

Chicken and marinade can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I use this when going out to a cabin for the week, permitting me to quickly get a meal ready once I get there.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of powdered beef broth
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of water
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a freezer bag, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a straw take out any excess air then seal bag.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least three (3) hours or overnight.  Mix contents of bag occasionally.
  4. Grill chicken, dabbing with marinade occasionally, until meat is cooked throughout.
  5. Cut up chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Ready to serve.

Choices, Choices

It’s always nice to have some options! A friend has cleaned up the prototype cover that I made for the Grand. Essentially, she applied her experience and skill to create a more refined cover.

However, she also created an alternate cover. This variant is far simpler and would realistically scale better at different resolutions. Alas, it seems that I am a bit biased, since I made the prototype.

So what do you think? Which is better? Detailed or Outlined? Feel free to post any recommendations on potential changes that could make this cover really pop!

Beef Stroganoff

I make sure keep these ingredients readily available to make this recipe. It takes no time at all to pull this meal together which makes a good 6 to 8 portions. While Beef Stroganoff is not French Canadian in origin, it is nonetheless a family favourite!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340 g) of egg noodles
  • 8 ½ fluid ounces (250 ml) of sour cream
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package (40 g) of onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 pound (450 g) of ground beef
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of onions (optional)
  • 10 ounces (285 g) of snow peas

Preparation

  1. Prepare egg noodles according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cream of mushroom soup, sour cream and onion soup mix.
  3. On medium heat, melt garlic butter and butter in a skillet.
  4. Add ground beef, onions and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. Drain, set heat to low and add contents of bowl.
  6. Stir until contents bubble then add peas.  Heat throughout and ready-to-serve.