roasted autumn vegetable pot pies

autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus

As easy as pie.

There’s something about pie, any kind of pie— gorgeous lattice top pies or rustic galettes, deep dish or pot pies, sweet or savory, fruit or vegetable, cheesy or meaty, hand pies from every corner of the earth… there’s something about taking pastry dough and wrapping it around, partially or completely, some kind of filling that makes it simply irresistible. autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus Continue reading “roasted autumn vegetable pot pies”

a thousand years & classic ratatouille

Classic Ratatouille | conifères & feuillus

I have loved you for a thousand years,
I’ll love you for a thousand more.  -Christina Perri

My husband, John, and I dated during tumultuous times in our lives. Tumultuous because we were both at the dawning of our careers and were assiduously travelling around the globe on assignment; John, more often than I, and often on a moment’s notice. These were the days before smartphones and even smarter apps and if all our free time together was being spent on the burgeoning romance, then all our savings were being depleted on long distance phone calls.  When John found himself with a week to spare in between two European assignments, he asked me to meet him in Marseilles. At the time, I knew very little about Provence and I wondered “Why not Paris?” but I easily accepted just the same.Classic Ratatouille | conifères & feuillus Continue reading “a thousand years & classic ratatouille”

gujarati toor dal (split pigeon pea soup)

Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas) Soup | conifères & feuillus

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. -Louise Fresco

My last post featured a Westernized version of the classic Gujarati toor dal soup. Today, I’m posting my family recipe for the traditional version. Toor dal (or split pigeon pea) has been cultivated in India for at least 3500 years and is a staple in Indian cuisine. However, in a Gujarati home, toor dal (which refers to both the uncooked legume as well as the soup) is a daily affair and is eaten during every meal. Although classified as a soup here in the West, it’s not eaten as you would a soup: it’s ladled over rice and eaten alongside rotis and a curry, at the very least. (Google ‘Gujarati thali’ to see what a typical Gujarati meal looks like).

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citrusy split pigeon pea soup

split pigeon pea and orange soup | conifères & feuillus

Happy New Year! 2017 has arrived! After all that cooking and baking and over-indulgence, are you craving some simple nourishment? Me too. And I’ve got the perfect recipe to take care of that!

Of all the soups that I have ever served to guests, this one shines as a favourite.  Plus, it’s so simple to make. Not counting the spices, there are only 3 ingredients: split yellow pigeon peas, tomatoes and oranges. The result is a delicious soup balanced equally with just enough spice and just enough citrusy flavour.

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spiced parsnip soup with roasted garlic oil

spiced parsnip soup recipe with roasted garlic spread | conifères et feuillus food blog

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. -Kurt Vonnegut

Did you know that when exposed to the bitter cold, the starches of parsnips will actually turn into sugar rendering them sweet and delicious? Interesting isn’t it? And for this reason, this ancient root vegetable is harvested late in the season here in Québec and well into winter or even early spring.spiced parsnip soup with roasted garlic oil | conifères & feuillus
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