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Sunday Lunch – Shrimp Bisque

In Lessons From Cooking School, Recipes, Sunday Lunch on May 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm


Classic bisques are thickened with rice, but all of my culinary instructors used roux to thicken their bisques.  Rice, no matter how finely you puree it, will always be grainy.

A roux is a combination of equal parts, by weight, of flour and fat that are cooked together to form a paste.  The cooking eliminates the raw flour taste, and the fat-coated starch particles are prevented from congregating together in lumps when added to liquid — making roux the front runner to thicken anything you want smooth and creamy — like a bisque.

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Pender Island Cobb Salad

In Island Life, Kitchen Tips, Recipes on May 13, 2010 at 5:03 am


  • Galloping Goose Bacon & Fennel Confit
  • Cold BC Spot Prawns on blanched Washington Asparagus
  • BC New Potato Salad with Yellow Pepper Romesco
  • BC Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with a Salted Meyer Lemon vinaigrette
  • Hard-boiled Pender Island Eggs
  • All on a bed of local lettuce, baby kale and dandelion greens.

Seasonal, sustainable, local, foraged, a fridge cleaner — and a freakin’ amazing dinner, if I do say so myself.

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