Evelyn Chartres Author

Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is said to be nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned then served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers and stock.

While this recipe fits the definition, the sauce and chicken preparation have been separated. I found that making the sauce after you cook the chicken has varied results.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (80 g) of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of lemon pepper
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) of capers

Preparation

  1. In a bag or container, mix flour less 1 tablespoon (15 ml), salt, pepper and lemon pepper.
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half, place one piece at a time into bag, shake to cover.
  3. In an oiled medium pan on medium heat.  Cook chicken on all sides until meat is no longer pink in the center.  Set aside, keep warm using tin foil.
  4. Scrape up some brown bits from the pan and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, add oil and butter. Melt butter on medium heat.
  6. Add garlic and sauté for a minute.
  7. Add flour and stir until you have a consistent mix.
  8. Add chicken broth, brown bits, lemon juice and Italian seasoning. Continue heating and stir until sauce thickens.
  9. Add in capers and wait until they are heated through.
  10. Serve chicken covered with sauce.  Makes four portions.

Kraft Dinner

Kraft Dinner seems to be a Canadian icon. This meal is often a favourite of children and often a survival tool for the starving university student. Quick and easy to make, it sometimes pays to have a few boxes handy in case you get inundated with children.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce (225 g) box of Kraft Dinner
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of milk

Preparation

  1. Boil 6 cups (1.4 litres) of water in a saucepan.
  2. Cook for 7 or 8 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain and return to saucepan.
  4. Add butter, milk and cheese sauce mix to noodles.
  5. Ready-to-serve.

Lobster Melt

This dish that is said to have its origins in Nova Scotia’s South Shore, home of Acadians and several fishing communities. This recipe blends lobster with cream to create a delicious filling that can be served atop fresh tea biscuits or garlic bread. For an extra zing, add a bit of grated cheddar as a topping.

Ingredients

Lobster Melt

  • 5 ounces (140 ml) of cooked lobster meat
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped fine onions
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cayenne pepper

Tea Biscuits

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons (20 g) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) shortening
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of milk

Preparation

Lobster Melt

  1. Dice lobster meat and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter on medium-high heat.  For an additional dose of flavour, substitute 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter with garlic butter.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add lobster and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Mix in flour and stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  6. Add milk and cream and stir until sauce thickens.
  7. Add salt and pepper then stir.
  8. Can be in between two-halves of a fresh tea-biscuits. For that little extra top with cheese.

Tea Biscuits

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  Add shortening in cubes and mix.
  3. Add milk, mix and knead until you have a ball of dough.
  4. Roll out dough, and flatten to ¼ inch (0.6 cm).
  5. Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter or glass.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rest.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Serve warm.

Sucre à la Crème

Sugar Fudge

Sugar fudge is a sugary dessert which can be tricky to master. Recipes online offer various methods, including the use of thermometers or precise timings.

This recipe covers the method my mother uses to make this dish a reality.  She occasionally checks to see if the fudge is ready before she pours it onto the plate.  This is likely the traditional way of making this recipe come to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1½ cups of (355 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter

Preparation

  1. Grease a dinner plate.
  2. Add cream, sugar and butter into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir constantly until mixture begins to boil over.
  4. Reduce heat as necessary to maintain boiling level without it boiling over.  Over time, the mixture will begin to thicken and reduce in size.  Keep stirring from time to time.
  5. To confirm that fudge is ready, dab a bit on a plate while saucepan is removed from heat.  Use a spoon and stir vigorously, if ready fudge will thicken and then harden.  If this does not occur, return saucepan to heating element continue reducing mixture.
  6. When mixture is ready, remove from heat and stir frequently with a spoon until it starts to harden.  When nearly ready, pour onto the plate and allow to cool.
  7. Refrigerate for about an hour, then cut it into bite sized pieces.

Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is not a dish that I grew up with, nor was it readily available in English Canada. Though over the years Tim Hortons and Starbucks have offered themed drinks and goodies based on this dessert.

This dish features a chilled creamy base with a caramelized top. While easy to make, it requires timing since you have to refrigerate the dish prior to serving. It also gives you a reason to go out and get a culinary torch!

Ingredients

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3½ ounces (100 g) of sugar
  • 17 fluid ounces (500 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of brown sugar

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 215°F (100°C).
  2. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until mixture whitens and is frothy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and cream to the bowl while whisking contents vigorously.
  4. Pour the cream into 4 stoneware cups. Bake in oven for about an hour.
  5. Let stoneware cool to room temperature then place in the fridge. Leave for 2 hours or however long it takes for contents to gel.
  6. When ready to serve, pull from fridge, cover with approximately 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of brown sugar then caramelize top using a butane torch.