Les recettes secrètes de nos mères
200 mets réconfortants qui nous rappellent notre enfance
Magazine Coup de Pouce/Les Éditions Transcontinental
Published: Fall 2011
In the French section of this blog, I review the newest cookbook by magazine Coup de Pouce devoted to family homecooking Québec-style. Beyond the iconic dishes of our past, such as maple-flavoured baked beans, meat pies and pineapple-glazed roast ham, the editors explored the kind of everyday cuisine our Moms actually cooked, using such staples as Pillsbury dough for toads in a hole and Lipton soup for meatloaf.
For my English readers, I have limited myself to serving up the 4 recipes tested, and to great success I might add. This series will feature Cabbage Rolls, Mustard and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower, Vegetable and Beef Stew (chosen by my picky half) and Mac ‘n Cheese (selected by just-as-picky kiddo).
The most beautiful Savoy cabbage had been decorating my kitchen counter for over a week by the time I selected this recipe—an atypical choice for me since it requires over 3 1/2 hours from beginning to end. Who said cabbage rolls are family-friendly? Yikes. That said, the results were spectacularly savoury, although Monsieur hates cabbage and refused to go there, and kiddo dug through the rolls to better devour the stuffing. Cabbage gets such a bad rep, I swear. For once, I cheated and used only 1/4 cup of butter instead of the 2/3 cup suggested. Nope, even I can’t go there.