Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Canadian Meal

This meal showcases recipes from Canada, our neighbor to the north. When I decided to cook a meal from Canada I was looking to cook traditional Canadian dishes. I found the recipe for bean cassaoulet and decided to build the meal around this dish.


Cassaoulets are predecessors of casseroles and came to the US and Canada with the immigrants from Europe. They are originally a dish from the French countryside. It takes time to cook a cassaoulet but the depth of the flavors is amazing. As a side for the cassaoulet I made a potato salad. Potatoes mashed or in salads are a favorite in our house so this potato salad was an obvious choice. I love wild rice. My daughter says she feels like she is eating leeches but I think it is very flavorful and filling. I had some in the pantry and it went very well with the cassoulet. Summer months are perfect for ice cream and sherbet so the dessert pretty much picked itself. The addition of lemon juice in the sherbet brings out the tangy flavors of the strawberry and makes for a refreshing but not overtly sweet dessert.


The new ingredient I tried was organic Dijon mustard. I had always used the yellow mustard before. I was looking up the ingredients and found turmeric was added to the yellow mustard. I am glad I decided to try the organic Dijon, all the flavor without the overpowering color.

Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
And for dessert


This is my entry for the letter C for BM #44 for the theme Around the world in 30 Days. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44.





15 comments:

  1. Yet another beautiful spread Varada...

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  2. omg, wild rice=leeches, haha am laughing here, even i never tried my hands with wild rice. Beautiful spread there.

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  3. LOVE the pics Varada. Very colorful and appetizing -- they are tempting me to try these dishes very soon.

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  4. Omg ! Such a wonderful spread , love that potato salad and strawberry sorbet ! Bookmarked !!

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  5. omg us an well presented array of recipes :) You are rocking women .. again a wonderful spread :) I love the strawberry shobet a lot :)

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  6. I wouldn't mind digging into this meal

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  7. A very well presented and tempting platter!

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  8. OMG, thats a lovely meal platter. Your pics are even more inviting Varada.

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  9. Another wonderful spread every think looks so yummmm...

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  10. Again a nice spread of meal for alphabet C. I read the main post yesterday itself but I knew I would take some to read the other posts. Decided to read it leisurely today, as I was a bit busy yesterday.

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  11. What a beautiful spread!The next time we have a mega marathon, I am inviting myself over to your place Varada...

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  12. Awesome spread, but all i can see is strawberry sherbet!!! :)

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  13. Yummy spread of dishes.. Strawberry sherbet is on my to do list know & bookmarking it..

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  14. I'm totally in see of your meal planning and time management skills Varada! What wonderful means you've put together... And I live the way you've shot this Canadian spread. Awesome!

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  15. Wow this is delicious. This must have tasted great. For me wild rice is a totally new ingredient.

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