Makes 10 cups (2.5 L).
This soup is an easy fix for any occasion. The beauty of it is that you can easily substitute a few items without compromising on flavour. Can’t find fire-roasted tomatoes? Add a generous pinch of smoked paprika.
Substitute grains with quinoa or rice. And use any combination of stock with water. It’s a meal in a bowl for a hearty fall lunch or supper.
In large saucepan, add oil, carrots, celery, and onion. Sauteu0301 over medium heat until softened, but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, farro, bay leaves, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to coat. Stir in tomatoes and water or broth, and bring to a gentle boil. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, or until farro is tender. Stir in beans and chilies, and heat through. Add lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if you wish.
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.