Rooibos tea, along with green tea, is very high in cancer-fighting antioxidants and is highly beneficial for promoting health. The flavonoids in rooibos have been shown to make cancer cells die, decrease tumour growth, and also inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
4 cups (1 L) rooibos tea, brewed
1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen apple juice concentrate
1 Tbsp (15 mL) crystallized ginger, chopped
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pure almond extract
4 Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced almonds, toasted
In a large saucepan, heat brewed tea, apple juice concentrate, ginger, and almond extract until just boiling. Add pear halves with cut side facing up. Poach over low heat until tender, when they can be pierced easily with a skewer, about 10 minutes. Transfer pears and liquid to a bowl and allow to cool.
Serve pears at room temperature with a little of the liquid. Garnish with toasted almonds. Serves 4.
source: "Cancer-Free Dining" alive #270, April 2005
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.