Evelyn Chartres Author
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Cognac and Molasses Marinade

A tasty marinade using molasses, cognac and balsamic vinegar This dish is typically grilled then cut up into tender bite-sized pieces.

This recipe can also be frozen prior to cooking and later pulled out for use, so you don’t need to carry all of the individual ingredients. An excellent option when spending the weekend at a cabin; freeze and it’s ready to cook once thawed.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of molasses
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of  cognac
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Instructions

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

Tartiflette au Brie

A recipe that combines potatoes, bacon, white wine and cheese to create a ready-to-serve meal or served up as a side. This recipe is said to have its origin from the French Alps, and is traditionally prepared with Reblochon cheese.

I have difficulty finding Reblochon cheese in local stores, so I opt to use Brie or Camembert instead. Make sure to remove the rind prior to slicing. It also helps if you freeze the cheese for thirty minutes or so to make slicing and removing the rind from the cheese easier.

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of potatoes
  • ½ pound (225 g) of sliced bacon
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of minced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of dry white wine
  • ½ pound (225 g) of brie or camembert (divided)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Heat in the microwave on high for 3 to 6 minutes until soft. Immerse in water and set aside to prevent discolouration.
  3. Cut bacon into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) long pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until browned. Drain, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Oil pan, add onions and garlic. Sauté until browned.
  5. Add bacon and wine, cook for five minutes while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add potatoes, mix then season with salt, pepper and herbs.
  7. Remove from heat and divide.
  8. In a baking dish place first half of mixture and cover with slices of brie.
  9. Repeat for second layer of mixture and cover with remaining slices of brie.
  10. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Moules à la Marinière

Mussels and clams are excellent appetizers. This recipe combines mussels or clams with an apple cider for an appetizer that has a pleasing flavour. This recipe can also be served with a garlic butter and lemon sauce to give it that extra zing!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of (900 g) of mussels or clams
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of herbes de Provence
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of pepper
  • ½ quart (500 ml) of apple cider or dry white wine

Instructions

  1. Rinse mussels or clams. Brush shells to clear any excess material or grit, make sure the shell has not been broken or compromised. Soak in water until ready.
  2. Using a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot on medium high, add butter and melt.
  3. Add onions and garlic, sauté for 1-3 minutes or when onions are transparent.
  4. Add herbs and pepper to the pot and mix.
  5. Set to high and add apple cider or a dry white wine. Boil for 1-3 minutes to reduce or until alcohol has evaporated.
  6. Drain mussels or clams using a colander, place in pot and cover with a lid.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, shake the contents of the pot every minute or so to ensure even cooking.
  8. Pull from heat. Place colander in a large bowl then strain the mussels.
  9. Place mussels or clams in a bowl. Strain some of the remaining sauce to serve as a side.

Cheese and Crab Quiche

Quiche has its origins in French cuisine and has many variants. This one fuses crab, spinach, eggs whites and cheddar cheese to create a tasty meal!

This recipe can be made from either fresh or canned ingredients. I keep the ingredients on hand in case I need to make a meal on short notice.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) of flaked crab meat
  • 5 ounces (140 g) of chopped spinach
  • 2 ounces (55 g) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5. ml) of salt
  • 1 x 9 inch (22 cm) deep-dish pie crust

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  2. Line bottom of pie crust with crabmeat.
  3. Reserve 1 ounce (30 g) of cheese for later.  Mix spinach, onions, and cheese then line over crabmeat.
  4. Blend egg whites, milk and seasoning. Pour over the pie, allow to settle.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pilaf-Stuffed Pork Loin

A tasty pork loin, which vaguely resembles a jelly roll when complete. Combines onions, garlic, rice, marmalade, and salt to create an interesting meal!

I normally serve this meal with a hunter sauce and mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of fine chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of uncooked rice
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of thin sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of celery salt
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of thyme leaves (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 2 pounds (900 g) of pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil

Preparation

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, cook until onion is transparent.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand until liquid absorbed.
  4. Roast almonds, then chop into small pieces. Mix with marmalade, celery salt, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme, salt, pepper and rice.
  5. Pre-heat oven to  325°F (170°C).
  6. Butterfly roast and flatten. Cover roast with rice mix then roll the roast.  Use butcher string to tie up the roast. Should resemble a jelly roll when complete. Discard any remaining rice mixture.
  7. Place roast on a rack, brush with olive oil and cover with remaining thyme.
  8. Place in oven for 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 170°F (77°C).
  9. Carve roast into slices and served with a hunter sauce.