Tuesday, October 9, 2012

100% ferments at La QV


Join me tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10th for a swanky apéro at La QV, "votre caviste", 29 Beaubien East. Julie will be cooking up a delicious choucroute garnie: my caraway sauerkraut simmered with grelots fumés (smoked cured pork) from Fou du Cochon de Kamouraska. Cyril has the wine covered with a glass of German white. Drop in for a chat between 5 and 10pm for some fun. Vive la choucroute!

Choucroute Garnie + German Chasselas wine = $12
Vegetable Lacto fermentation ABCs booklet by yours truly = $4


Venez me rencontrez demain, mercredi, le 10 octobre, pour un apéro à La QV, "votre caviste", 29 Beaubien Est. Julie cuisinera sa délicieuse choucroute garnie, fait à partir de ma choucroute et des grelots fumés du Fou du Cochon de Kamouraska. Cyril le sommelier nous offre un vin blanc Allemand en accompagnement. Venez jasez entre 17h et 22h. Vive la choucroute!

Choucroute garnie + Chasselas Allemand = $12
Livret l'ABC de la lacto fermentation des légumes (par moi!) = $4

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Puces Pop! Puces Pop automnale!

Hey Montrealers! It's that time of year again!

Please join me next weekend, Sept. 22-23 at Église St-Michel, the domed church at the corner of St-Urbain and St-Viateur, for Puces Pop. I'll be there selling sauerkraut, kimchi, curtido, some special harvest pickles, and of course, Pickles on a Stick!

You'll find us (the pickles and I) sharing a table with my friends Mel and Tyler from LEMO Lemonade... because they like it tart and tangy too.

Chers Montréalais,
C'est bientôt Pop Montréal!

Venez me rejoindre cette fin de semaine à l'Église St-Michel, au coin des rues St-Viateur et St-Urbain, pour la foire artisanale Puces Pop. J'aurai de la choucroute, du kimchi, du curtido, des pickles spécials de saison, et surtout, des Cornichons-Pogos!

Vous me retrouveriez à côté de mes amis Mel et Tyler de LEMO Lemonade - ils apprécient aussi le petit côté acidulé.

Green Scene

No posts since June, and now hot, wandering summer is coming to an end. Good thing these reminders of the sun can been hoarded away for the dark months ahead...

Fig. 1. Late summer bounty, left to right: okra with hot peppers and "fairy tale"
eggplants, sour dill pickles, and spicy green beans.

Fig. 2. Desert sunrise.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spring Puces Pop

Come join me in celebrating one whole year of 100% ferments at Spring Puces Pop!

The event takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, from 11-6pm in the basement of St-Enfant Jésus Church at the corner of St-Dominique and St-Joseph.

This time around, I'm bringing along the usual suspects, like kimchi, curtido, and sauerkraut for all of your bbq-ing needs, but will also have a limited supply of seasonal specialties, like a beautiful Giardiniera di Primavera (asparagus, radishes, chives, wild horseradish), Lebanese turnip pickles, and miso-fermented carrots! Come by to taste if you're curious...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

posthumous pickle party

Fig. 1. Simcha, photographer unknown.

It won't make dill pickle season come any sooner, but please check out this film featuring the late Simcha and Fanny Leibovich and their famous sour dills.

Made in Montreal in 2006, it was released sometime ago but was news to me. It's dubbed in French, but don't let that stop you...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

a wild embrace

Fig. 1. Left to right, wild experiments: dandelion bud capers with coltsfoot flowers, blushing ramp bulbs, and fiddleheads with ramp greens.

From faraway forests to nearby back alleyways, spring has sprung.

Thanks to Elisabeth for her gifts from the woods!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

guru encounters in california

Fig. 1. San Francisco by sea.

I spent the second half of January in Northern California, one of my new favourite places in the world.

Berkeley, California is home to Cultured Pickle Shop, and I spent a week there scrubbing beets, mixing sauerkraut, filling jars, and grilling master-pickler Alex Hozven about her ascent to pickle stardom.

I also wandered around sunny San Francisco for a few days. Naturally, I made the pilgrimage to Tartine bakery, home of Chad Robertson, the author of my sourdough bread bible. I braved the line-up, feasted on my delicious purchases, and glimpsed the master (see here for glamour shots).

Figs. 2 & 3. It wasn't just about the food.

Friday, March 9, 2012

I ferment, you ferment, we ferment

Montrealers! I will be leading a Fermentation ABCs workshop at Dépanneur le Pick Up on Tuesday, March 27, 8pm. 

We'll talk about the craft and get our hands dirty. Plus, everyone will leave with two different vegetable mixtures to ferment at home, plus a yogurt sample to get you started with dairy fermentation!

To sign up, contact lepickupevents@gmail.com .


Come one, come all!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

be mine.

"Torshi Left", or Lebanese pickled turnips, made a highly appropriate appearance on the eve of Valentine's day. This latest Culture Club offering is hot pink, crunchy and delicious. Made with love.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Extra! Extra!

At the beginning of January I sat down with writer Natasha Pickowicz to talk about lacto fermentation (and winter coping strategies!). Here's her article for the Montreal Gazette. That's not me in the photo, it's Leyla Majeri, home-fermenter extraordinaire.