Tuesday, August 11, 2015

If it rains in Quebec City, eat at one of the oldest restaurants in the city and enjoy it. August 2015

Famous Sugar Pie.....like Shoo Fly Pie or Pecan Pie minus the Pecans.

The chef's soup today was pumpkin. The soups have been delicious here.....turnip, celeriac and this one. The meat pie had the bison and caribou. All wonderful. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Best Eats Tadoussac

The best eats are at Cafe Boheme, Tadoussac! Wow! The duck salad was magnifique!

And the Coverdale Dining Room at the Hotel Tadoussac is very good. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Early Summer means Buckle

I like food posts. I am careful about what I eat and I exercise, though clearly not driven by a perfection I cannot attain. Food though represents most things I am interested in....friends, family, heritage, culture, history, economics and life. So, Tapenade is not for my "I am so over food posts" friends" who eat to live. I get that. Most days I also opt for that simple plan.

Tapenade is for my friends who find the joy I do in what food represents, wherever it is served. It it wasn't for an interest in cooking and food formed when I was five years old and fostered, I wouldn't teach history or psychology. I wouldn't care to travel. 

So, here's to that chicken foot I tormented one of my students with in China, and here is my first Tapenade post of summer....breaking some rules. My own rhubarb, and Spooner Farm Raspberries 2015. This summer I am on the go in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually to Quebec, Canada. My time preparing the food might be at a minimum. Of course I turned some of the raspberries from today into a cake for my special guest from England, Kyle Skelton, whose mom and dad are expert baker and chef, in that order. They also raise most of their own food in the North Yorkshire Moors.....so, I  can't match the food act.

Buckle.....it has a mysterious heritage, but most websites link it to our American Colonists. I am sure these women had to get things done in one pan whenever possible. My guess though is that it met the emotional need of those delicious cakes, scones and streudel's they had left behind.

Simple is good. Since it is probably Colonial, let's give new Englander's credit. Why not? I actually have an ancestor on my maternal grandmother's side, Noah Butterfield, who fought in the Revolutionary War. Here's to Noah's favorite wild blueberry buckle. Any fruit goes, and in the late summer plums are perfect. 

Buckle is beautiful....the cake batter rises up enveloping the fruit, and then the sugar or streusel topping if preferred give it a crinkly appearance. I go with lemon zest and sugar. Lovely.

Top the cake with about two cups of fruit of your choice. I toss my fruit with lemon zest as I mentioned. Sprinkle a couple of Tablespoons of sugar over the top and it's ready for the oven.

Make one:

Begin by letting one cup butter and two eggs come to room temperature. Prep your pan. My recipe calls for an 8 x 8 pan. Sometimes I use the 8 x 11 pan, less cake, more fruit. Still good. I just watch the baking time.

Mix the butter and eggs until smooth on medium high speed. Add one egg at a time. Add one cup of sugar and beat for a minute at high speed. Add the zest of one lemon. Save a little to mix with the fruit on top.

In a small bowl sift 1 and a half cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add that in thirds to the batter on low with about 1/3 cup milk. 

Bake at 325 degrees about 45 minutes. Look for the gorgeous brown crinkly top and smell the warm fruit. It's ready.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring 2015 Beach Eats #1

Lazy Susan....Our favorite. John's Special is deluxe if you've had a good beach walk or run first. Their scones ooze with berries, but hey....they just make them from cake mix. I love the people who own this restaurant. They are super.  I also love the mushroom and Swiss omelet...potatoes or fruit.

Warren House Pub, Tolovana. Delicious halibut burgers, hearty Manhattan clam chowder, and garden salad. I had the chowder and salad. Too much to eat the first day. Maybe later in the week for the halibut burger that I love.

New place in Cannon Beach....pretty good fish tacos.

Sea Level at Tolovana. Not crowded like is in the summer and they make their own buttery flaky pastry. Really nice. Just fine too since we walked eight miles.

And a late lunch at The Warren House for the Cajun Rockfish sandwich.....yummy.