Pick­ing Favourites

Taste & Travel - - Contents - Janet P. Boileau PUB­LISHER

MY FRIEND ANNE DesBrisay, au­thor, res­tau­rant critic, culi­nary judge and keeper of the web­site www.cap­i­tal­din­ing.ca signed off 2018 with a list of her favourite dishes of the year. Given the qual­ity of res­tau­rant cook­ing in Ot­tawa (and in­deed across Canada) in the cur­rent cli­mate of in­gre­di­ent-driven, lo­cal and sus­tain­able cui­sine, de­liv­ered by chefs who com­bine gen­uine pas­sion with re­fined tech­nique, it must have been tough to come up with a short list.

That, and other end-of-year round-ups got me think­ing about the many fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries and in­ter­est­ing recipes TASTE& TRAVEL writ­ers shared with us in 2018 and won­der­ing — if I had to pick favourites — which they would be. Our mag­a­zine tagline is ex­pand your culi­nary hori­zons and we pub­lish recipes from all cor­ners of the earth. I en­joy the chal­lenge of work­ing with new in­gre­di­ents and learn­ing about un­fa­mil­iar cuisines but for me the lit­mus test is al­ways “would I make this again?” Here are four dishes (one from each of our four 2018 is­sues) that have been

tran­scribed into my per­sonal recipe book (a sauce-spat­tered notebook that may be old fash­ioned but can travel with me where the in­ter­net can­not).

Chicken Adobo from Bay Leaf: the Lau­rel of the An­cients by Su­san Hallett (is­sue 25). This clas­sic dish from The Philip­pines is de­cep­tively sim­ple to make and sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious. But­ter­nut Squash Soup with Yo­gurt and Sage from Boun­ti­ful: The De­lec­ta­ble Beauty of BC’s Okana­gan Val­ley by Joanne Sas­vari (is­sue 26). The ad­di­tion of a few

sage leaves, used two ways, is a clever trick that gives this silky, com­fort­ing soup a be­guil­ing top-note. La Cazuela Esen­cia del Paci­fico (Pa­cific Seafood Stew) from Bo­gota: Moun­tain Grown by El­yse Glickman (is­sue 28) is a toes-in-the-sand plea­sure

that can be cre­ated from su­per­mar­ket in­gre­di­ents even when there's no beach in sight. Hummus from our Veg­e­tar­ian Voy­ager col­umn in is­sue 27. Yes, it’s just hummus but it’s

the only hummus recipe you'll ever need.

If you missed any of these recipes, don't worry. You can find them on our web­site www.taste­and­travel.ca. Just re­mem­ber to copy them into your notebook if you’re

go­ing off the grid. Happy trav­els!

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