WTF! Wonderfully Tasty Foods – Gotcha!! (What were you thinking?!!)
What can I say? It was my husband’s idea. A creative guy he is – a foodie, a great cook, and a sense of humour to boot.
Since food has been such a significant part of my heritage, one of the clearest things in my recollections are food experiences – some from my childhood, and some very recent. I would like to share these experiences regularly. It is not only the memories of the food experiences, but what surprises me is how acute my senses are when I recall them – the weather, the surroundings, the smells and tastes and sounds.
Of course, there are food traditions that are very important to families. On the other hand, there are many food discoveries yet to happen. The “Bucket List for Foodies”, so to speak. So many memories, so many discoveries, where to begin? I can’t think of a better place to start than this:
I have had many versions of Tourtière. Some have been made by professional chefs, colleagues, relatives and friends, but none can compare to “Little Mom’s” tourtière. (More on “Little Mom”).
My Mom’s version is more savoury than traditionally prepared with its sage and poultry seasoning as opposed to the warm spices often used (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice). The aromatic fragrance of the tourtiere mixture simmering away is magical. Even writing about it makes me nostalgic. Although I have adapted the process somewhat to accommodate my “chef-y” way of doing things, I do stick to her recipe and always make enough to share with family and friends, as she traditionally does.
My Mom’s tourtiere became quite famous in a small village in Ontario. Everyone loved her tourtiere when she made them for church or village social events. As a matter of fact, when the ladies of the village church approached her for her recipe to use for fundraising activities, she generously supplied it. We are proud that our Mom’s family recipe for tourtiere made it possible for the small town to raise enough money to rebuild the church hall.
Wonderfully Tasty Foods. Do you have a food memory as vivid as this that you can share?