We were recently asked for a recipe we posted back in 2017. It was our ode to Canadian storyteller Stuart McLean and his Vinyl Cafe Stories on CBC. In one of our favourite stories, Morley discovers a French-made cast iron “dutch oven” pot on the stovetop in the kitchen of her new home. For years she cooks some of her family’s favourite meals in this pot until one day, disaster strikes! She forgets about the braised ribs in the oven and returns home to a pot charred beyond redemption. While she is devastated at first, she soon realizes that as time passes, everything gets ‘banged up” a bit and burns in a pot are where we live our lives. Yes we may apply uncommon sentiment to common things, but it’s these things that bring us comfort and joy. As Stuart wraps up the story he says "we all need something to hold onto when darkness comes" and these words couldn't strike more true these days. We developed the recipe using our Organic Fair Ultimate “Que dry spice rub and of course we cooked them in a French-made “dutch” oven (aka Le Creuset).
Mexico loves to celebrate Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead - a multi day holiday gathering that begins on November 1. We thought this was a perfect time to share this Mexican-inspired lasagna made with simple easy ingredients that are just layered together. We used a store-bought rotisserie chicken (or see our vegetarian version suggestion) for a dish that came together in about 10 minutes. The entire family will enjoy it whether you are celebrating Mexican-style or Canadian-style Halloween.
Many of you will recognize our recipe contributor today. It's Chef Patrick Mathieu otherwise known as the Stationhouse Chef or on Instagram as @stationhouse_. Many of our loyal followers have loved coming to Relish and attend Patrick's Date Night classes. So when we reached out to him to see if he would takeover our Instagram account this week, he prepared this recipe in our brand new "Artichaut" Le Creuset French oven. Artichaut is the newest colour release from Le Creuset and it's just arrived in our store. If you missed the IG videos, at least you can make this Oktoberfest-inspired braised dish that he prepared. In case this is your first introduction to Patrick, he is also a frontline hero during Covid as he is often found as Captain on one of the Waterloo Region's Fire Department teams. Thanks for keeping us all safe Patrick! We will see you in the Relish kitchen again very soon.