French Cuisine

OH MY GOD, you're in town?! Come on over, I have Boeuf Bourguignon in the oven! Best impromptu dinner party line ever, and something I’ve never said in my life, before last night. There...

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Chipotle Chocolate Soufflé

November 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

The Chef in my life, was my first soufflé. He makes it look so easy. So we're tasking Food Gypsy Technical Advisor, Chef Benoit Gelinotte, to give us his best tips so...

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Back Lane Café – A Defined Vision

September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Another of life’s pleasant detours brought me through the doors of the newly opened Back Lane Café under the wing of one of Ottawa’s best guides. Its artful decor, high ceilings, aged plaster walls,...

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Bit of Gypsy Birthday

June 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

Another year, come and gone.   Since entering a decade that starts with ‘four’ birthday celebrations are quiet affairs with those I love, often banning the word “birthday” all together.  A great meal is all I want.  This...

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Our intrepid traveler, Food Gypsy Editor, Astrid DesLandes (aka: The French Girl) is just returned from gallivanting though the French countryside, enjoying more than just wine in bottles (who knew!), now sends us a...

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Postcards from France ~

April 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Fab Food Gypsy Editor, Astrid DesLandes (aka: The French Girl) is currently gallivanting though the French countryside, there appears to be wine involved....

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Beignets de Carnival Recipe

March 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

A lesson in French Cuisine, my introduction to beignets. “So... it’s like a doughnut?” “MAIS NON” says Chef B “it’s like a FRENCH doughnut." Beignets de Carnival, his Grandmother's recipe....

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Navarra Restaurant… like Nirvana but better

February 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Navarra – a region in northern Spain, southwest France, inhabited by the Basque.  Nirvana – in shamanic thought, the state of being free from suffering.  Both apply.Fine dining in Ottawa’s trendy Byward Market, parking is...

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Dear Kermit - We both knew this would happen sooner or later. Cooking at a French school, we were bound to encounter the distasteful task of cooking frog. To be more exact... frog legs....

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Le Cordon Bleu Week V – Le Petit Canard

November 6, 2010 | 5 Comments

There are few things more intoxicating than the smell of butter. Melting, sizzling, baking, butter has been my great love for many years, along with its companion… cream they simply make life worth living. That...

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“We don’t teach you recipes, we teach you techniques.” – Chef Gilles, Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu. So, down to brass tacks.  It’s lovely to go off on a soliloquy of foodie swooning… warm buttery walls...

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Day Three – Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa (BASIC CUSINE) First day in the kitchen and our first day with new knives. The first day I heard the butter sing....

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