toum, a middle eastern garlic sauce

Toum, a Middle Eastern garlic sauce | conifères & feuillus

Toum is simply a garlic sauce that hails from the Middle East and consists of no more than garlic, lemon, oil and salt. It’s very similar to the Mediterranean region’s aioli and what is often referred to simply as garlic sauce here in North America.  If you’ve had a bite to eat at a Lebanese restaurant, you’re sure to have had some!

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cranberry sauce

Easy 3 ingredient cranberry sauce recipe | conifères & feuillus

My husband is a mix of German and Acadian descent. From the Acadian side comes a recipe for a traditional roast turkey dinner that we make twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I first met my husband, he would follow the recipe he’d been given to a T and was very reluctant on changing anything about it. Although it makes a very delicious meal, there were certain things that I wanted him to change. For example, it mentions using canned cranberry sauce. This was the first thing to go!

Easy 3 ingredient cranberry sauce recipe | conifères & feuillus
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easy radish recipes

easy radish recipes | conifères et feuillus food blog

While half of the world lives autumn, the other half lives spring. Have you noticed how balanced our life always is? -Roxana Jones

Happy Equinox! Today the sun is perfectly poised to shine directly on the equator. Of course, it is the Earth’s tilt that changes our position relative to the Sun. A tilt of merely  20-some-odd degrees and seasons happen!

Radishes are often thought of as a spring vegetable. Here in Montréal, they are one of the first of our local crop to debut at the market in early spring. But radishes are more correctly a cool weather vegetable and can be cultivated here all the way into late fall. They also have a short time to maturity ensuring that they can be harvested many times during their growing season. Here are two quick and easy ways to enjoy this cool weather friend.easy radish recipes | conifères & feuillus

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goes-with-everything green sauce

goes with everything green sauce | conifères et feuillus food blog

As the name implies, this sauce goes with everything. I make it with a combination of coriander, mint and parsley and each time, the amount of each herb varies depending on what I have available. Sometimes it is only two of the three; it still turns out delicious. I thin it out with a good amount of olive oil if I want to use it as a salad dressing. Otherwise, I only add just enough to have a sauce like composition.goes-with-everything green sauce | conifères & feuillus

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basil pesto

classic basil pesto recipe; conifères et feuillus

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.  -Christopher Columbus

Pesto is a sauce of the Old World. It’s also simplicity at its best. Its name comes from the method used to prepare it: by pounding using a mortar and pestle. Okay, so perhaps the use of a mortar and pestle does not exactly conjure up the notion of simplicity when we can use a blender instead. Which ever method you use, 4 ingredients later, you end up with Italy’s most prized sauce.classic basil pesto | conifères et feuillus
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hummus, the humble spread of our ancestors

classic hummus recipe; conifères et feuillus

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hummus is a humble food. At first glance, it really doesn’t come across as all that impressive. Its recipe, simple; its appearance, quite bland. But don’t be fooled.  Hummus is not just a tasty, super healthy food but an excellent substitute for the many unhealthy snacks and spreads we have around these days.hummus recipe | conifères & feuillus
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an easy summer feast with chimichurri sauce

grilled pork served with grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes and chimichurri sauce; conifères et feuillus food blog

Blogging is still a new thing for me, so is photography. If there is a right way and a wrong way to be a food blogger, then I’m certain that I err on the side of the wrong way. This is how a photo shoot normally pans out in our home: John, my husband, and I make dinner and we are just about ready to eat when I will realize “Hmm… this looks good, let me take a few photos.” I send the kids off to do whatever they were doing and quickly gather a few ideas and props and ask John to help out. After a short while, one kid yells out “Mom, are you done? I’m hungry!” This is followed by a more endearing “Mommy, I hungry” from my not-quite-a-toddler-anymore. At this point, my husband gives me that look. (After over a decade of marriage, we communicate quite well with our eyes.) That look asks me “Can we just eat now? While the food is still warm?” This is followed by my pleading eyes that say “Please, a few more clicks? I know I can get this right.” And I continue to fumble some more with my camera. By the time we sit down to eat, the food has gone cold and we need to reheat everything in the microwave. I’ve got to figure out a better way of doing this!

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my blogging adventure. Here are the photos of one such episode which feature a simple and delicious meal idea: grilled balsamic vegetables, oven roasted potatoes and grilled pork with chimichurri sauce. The notable ingredient here is the chimichurri sauce which is used both as the marinade for the pork as well as a dipping sauce for the grilled pork and the roasted potatoes.grilled pork served with grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes and chimichurri sauce | conifères & feuillus

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mediterranean fusion: grilled chicken, tzatziki and roasted pepper salad

Grilled chicken marinated with yogurt and Greek spices, tzatziki and Moroccan roasted pepper salad.

After enduring a long winter, as soon as the weather warms up in Montréal, layers of clothing come off and all attention turns to the outdoors. Terasses open up, bicycles and convertibles hit the streets, parks become bursting with laughter, and no one wants to be stuck indoors toiling away in a hot kitchen. Every Montréaler has his or her favourite grill recipe. Here are a few of my family’s favourite.

I love the simplicity and flavors of this meal. It brings together Greek and Moroccan cuisines and best of all, everything except the rice can be prepared outdoors using a grill.grilled chicken, tzatziki, moroccan roasted pepper salad | conifères et feuillus

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