Elderflower is used throughout Scandinavia in beverages, steeped to extract the taste from the flowers of the elderberry. Elderflowers are seasonal, available fresh in late spring, but you can find the syrup in many natural food stores (and a very popular Scandinavian furniture store). This savoury-meets-sweet yogurt bowl uses earthy beets for a fresh take on breakfast or a midday snack.
Replace beets with peeled orange and grapefruit slices to turn this into a winterized fruit salad, using orange flower water instead of elderflower.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Place beets in large sheet of parchment and bunch into a package. Place on large baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender. Cool beets to room temperature and slice into quarters.
For dressing, in small bowl, whisk together syrup or honey, oil, and lemon juice. Spoon yogurt into bowls and top with beets, peas or fennel, a drizzle of dressing, nuts, and flowers. Serve.
This recipe is part of the Scrumptious Scandinavian collection.
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.