tracing roots & roti, an indian flatbread

whole wheat indian flatbread (roti, chapati) | conifères et feuillus food blog

Food is never just something to eat. -Margaret Visser

Having been raised in Canada, there are so many things about my Indian heritage that I gave up or lost inadvertently. But the one thing that binds me to my past, despite how or where I live, is the food of my childhood, more specifically the simple Indian flatbread, or roti. Bread has this way with us, no? It’s a universal food, yet, each type defines its own culture, people and place, sometimes beyond nationalities and borders. In my opinion, the bread we call our own tells one more about who we are, and where we’ve come from, than our passports and birth certificates. And our last names.roti, an indian flatbread | conifères et feuillus

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as autumn as apple pie

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The beauty of dead hydrangeas is a memento of the broken promise of an endless summer.

Every year, for even a fleeting moment, I buy into the promise of an endless summer. It’s hard not to in the middle of a Montréal heat wave in the middle of July. This year has been especially deceiving because even well into October we’ve had some unseasonably warm days and a few more coming up according to the latest weather forecast. But the nights are getting cooler and the evenings darker and certainly autumn is here, settled in with deep roots. My hydrangeas can attest to that. They have dried up; beautifully as they always do, as beautiful as they were when they bloomed, only now in hues of brown and red. They are blessed, these gems, to have this endless beauty long after summer has passed, and promises of an endless summer are broken on a cool autumn evening. And celebrations of new sorts begin.

Autumn, here, is celebrated with simple delights such as apple pie.classic apple pie with a whole wheat pastry | conifères & feuillus

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indian-spiced cabbage with tomatoes and green peas

indian spiced cabbage curry | conifères et feuillus

From humble beginnings come great things.

A simple vegetable curry served with fresh rotis (Indian flatbread) is a typical lunch in a Gujarati home. This sort of humble food is deeply rooted in my humble beginnings. And though, now, things may have changed on the outside, at heart, nothing has, and this simple Gujarati girl still craves these simple yet delicious curries. I cook them not only to satisfy my own cravings but to ensure that I can at least pass this portion of my heritage to my Canadian born, half-Indian children.indian-spiced cabbage with tomatoes and green peas | conifères & feuillus; indian cabbage curry; cabbage tomatoe and green peas

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vichyssoise (or leek soup)

vichyssoise or leak soup | conifères et feuillus food blog

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and the markets are brimming with local produce. Although Montréal is a huge metropolitan, just a short drive out and you are sure to hit farmland. There are over 30 000 farms in Québec and our produce is our pride and joy and definitely something to be thankful for. One of the crops that shine at this time of the year are our gigantic leeks. What better way to use them up than by making leek soup?vichyssoise (or leek soup) | conifères & feuillus

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easy radish recipes

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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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recipe from a friend: cherry tomato tart with pesto and ricotta

tomato tart | conifères et feuillus food blog
I’ll give you everything I am, all my broken heartbeats, until I know you’ll understand.
And I will make sure to keep my distance, say I love you when you’re not listening.  -Christina Perri

I was recently reminded of a beautiful friend. It’s strange that I would need to be reminded of him because there was once a time when it was only him.cherry tomato tart with pesto and ricotta | conifères & feuillus
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treasures from our homeland & gujarati dhokla

gujarati dhokla | conifères et feuillus food blog

Great food knows no borders.

I was three years old when, on an otherwise ordinary November day, we made our journey from our tiny ancestral village in Gujarat, India to Canada. Although, we wore our best clothing, I am sure, by Western standards, we did not purport to anyone of great status, nor were we. But unknown to even ourselves, we carried great treasures with us that day.gujarati dhokla | conifères & feuillus
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