Christmas has long been one of the central festivities in French culture, rich with culinary traditions. The Dep is delighted to welcome Chef Chantal Véchambre for a celebration of the Temps des Fêtes, with a selection of authentic French holiday dishes sure to put you in the festive spirit.
A creamy, savory panna cotta of sweet peas and candied beets; a splash of the iconic colours of the holiday season
Salade de Verdures au Foie Gras
Christmas salad of mixed greens and fennel, topped with a decadent foie gras mousse and gingerbread croutons
Roulade de Dinde Farcie
Turkey breast rolled around a filling of sweet chestnut and walnuts, decorated with peaches and candied cranberries; a sweet and savory take on a traditional Christmas poultry dish.
A very traditional and esteemed French potato dish from the Dauphiné region in south-eastern France; very thinly sliced potatoes baked in cream with a hint of garlic and nutmeg.
Pear sorbet with grappa
The most famous and traditional French Christmas dessert. the bûche (Yule Log) is made from delicate genoise sponge cake rolled around chestnut cream and decorated with rich chocolate icing to resemble a branch of a tree. A sweet tribute to the original “Yule Log” which would be burnt in the fireplace on Christmas Day — lit with the remains of the previous year’s log, which had been kept the whole year for good luck.
Chantal Véchambre, originally from Paris, is a chef certified in both French cuisine and Pastry-chocolate. In 2005 she moved to New Brunswick where research in culinary history led her to the Fortress of Louisbourg, where she developed recipes and culinary workshops inspired by the site’s 18th century recipes, culminating in an award-winning book: French Taste in Atlantic Canada, 1604-1758. Now established in Toronto, Chantal pursues food writing and culinary adventures, and professional catering through her company My Creme Caramel.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, family-style dinner party.
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