a little taste of Paris

The French Market CookbookParisians do a lot of things right, and while we could go on and on about their impeccable style and fashionable bicycles, what we really admire is their talent in the kitchen.  We may never look as lovely on two wheels as a Madeline or an Amelie, but we’re pretty sure that with the help of The French Market Cookbook we can cook like one.

Inspired by French markets and fresh ingredients, Clotilde Dusoulier (of Chocolate & Zucchini) created seasonal recipes that call for a market’s best offerings.  Victoria is booming with farmers’ markets, but if you’re anything like us then you’re probably not sure what to do with eggplants or beets.  How about Ratatouille Tian or Pates rose vif?  The French Market Cookbook is your guide to turning the foods that grow around us into simple but spectacular meals.  The vegetarian cookbook includes 90 recipes ranging from root soups to fresh fruit tarts and everything in between,  so if you’re wondering what’s in a Bouillabaisse du pauvre (Poor Man’s Bouillabaisse) or how to make the perfect Ravioles ouvertes sarrasin et choux de Bruxelles (Buckwehat and Brussel Sprouts Open Ravioli) then this is your answer.  And while we picked up The French Market Cookbook for inspired fresh vegetable entrees, we were more than happy to find sweet recipes like Verrines “cafe libanais” (Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars) and Mousse au chocolat noir de trois facons (Dark Chocolate Mousse, Three Ways).

The Parisians really do have it all figured out.

gone to market

We are food lovers.  More specifically, we are local food lovers – we want it homegrown and homemade.  We enjoy food that makes us feel good, whether it be for our comfort, nutrition, or community. Lucky for us, we’re not the only ones.

The Victoria Downtown Public Market Society started in 2010 with the goal of establishing a permanent year-round marketplace in downtown Victoria, increasing accessibility to that local homegrown, homemade food we love so much.  It took some time, but the permanent Public Market is expected to open in the Historic Hudson Building this summer, with plenty of room for artisan bakers, organic farmers, whole beast butchers, and more.  Already in full swing is the open air Victoria Downtown Farmer’s Market, located at the back carriageway of the Hudson.  Come for a grilled chorizo sausage sandwich (El Guapo Chorizo Grill), organic vegetables (Sun Trio Farm), a rhubarb ginger fritter (Doughboys Dounts), or white truffle chèvre (Salt Spring Island Cheese).  Or hey, why not try it all?

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El Guapo Chorizo Sandwich

Find The Victoria Downtown Farmer’s Market at The Hudson every Wednesday, 11am until 3pm – rumour has it a Saturday market is just around the corner!