The giant of the grain world, Kamut is great for bulking up soups. This delightful veggie-packed number makes a tasty transition from heavier winter dishes to lighter spring fare. It’s also proof of how a well-made soup can be rich in substance without being rich in calories. Spelt or wheat berries can also work well here as a substitute.
If you are looking to breathe new life into your pancakes, muffins, pizza crusts, and DIY breads, try incorporating ancient grain flours such as spelt and Kamut. They are made by simply grinding up the grains into a fine powder, which provides significant nutritional advantages over refined all-purpose wheat flour.
These flours are becoming increasingly available in stores, but you can also make your own by blending whole kernels in a food processor or high-powered blender until powdery. Start by replacing half the flour in a recipe with an ancient version, and experiment from there.
Place Kamut and 2 cups (500 mL) water in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered over low heat until tender, about 50 minutes.
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and heat until browned. Remove chicken from pan and set aside. Add onion, carrot, celery, yellow bell pepper, and salt to pan; heat until vegetables have softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; heat for 1 minute. Add tomato paste, herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning, black pepper, and chili flakes; heat for 30 seconds.
Add broth and tomatoes to pan, bring to a simmer, and heat covered for 15 minutes. Stir in cooked Kamut, chicken, spinach, and red wine vinegar; heat for 5 minutes.
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.