Pie Crust Recipe for HapPIE Holidays!

Nothing says hapPIE family gatherings like a homemade pies! Everyone should have a great pie crust recipe on hand to bake up gorgeous berries or custards. Easy to make on the spot or make ahead and freeze your dough.

Did you have a recipe that left you stumped for a long time until one day it just worked? I did and it was a pie crust. It took me so many tries when I was a kid (and teen) to get my first pie crust right. I can’t beleive I did not just give up. But I persisted and one day it worked! Since then no pie crust was goes to waste. And that is a good thing because a good pie crust comes in very handy during the holiday season and all those desserts you have to bring over to family parties.

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Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon for Apple Season

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I celebrated quietly with friends and it was nice to say “I thank you for being in my life”. So now I will say the same to all my readers: Thank you for reading and sharing my food adventures with me.

We went to Chinatown for our meal so I have no Thanksgiving dinner to share. But I did recently go back to the Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack for a worthy meal of gluttony focused around the apple season.

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Bordeaux Exchange, Round 2

Quiet on the blogging front this weekend as it is a long one with Labor Day celebrations. Enjoy!

Remember Mathilde from Bordeaux with whom I had an amazing Foodie Exchange? Well a while back she contacted me asking for a very specific product (real maple extract, really hard to find actually)  and we agreed to a small exchange again. And Again she went out of her way which a huge amazing package….

  • Merlot wine confit
  • Chili Mustard
  • Foie Gras
  • Cherry jam
  • Tea

I will have to send her a little something again….whether she likes it or not 😉

Thank you so much Mathilde for an amazing exchange. Would you like to do such an exchange with a fellow foodie? Then join us on the Foodie Exchange right now. We are a group for foodies from around the planet who wish to exchange their local food specialties as a care package with other foodies.

International Incident: Foie Gras à la Evelyne de Cochon Pizza Pie

I had a few other titles in mind for this post, such as:

Food Orgy for One
or
Martin Picard Made Me Do It

But I decided to stick with the brand new name of this brand new monthly event, Jeroxie’s brainchild: the International Incident Party. Long Live the International Incident!

Basically we are given a theme and then we have free reigns to come up with a submission. I saw the first “party” on a few blogs I follow about a month ago and I was jealous with envy I had not know about it. After that I put Jeroxie’s RSS in my feed. Well my feed program is not so hot because I think it missed a few new posts in general of the blogs I follow. Hence I found out THIS MORNING that the deadline for this new event was tonight!

I decided to throw caution to the wind as I was planing a quiet day and come up with insane recipes and a finished post for tonight. Actually as soon as I saw the theme I knew right away what I was going to make. The theme was Pizza Pie. I had both a savory and sweet inspiration so I did both.

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Pied de Cochon

Oh Lord I have like 4 restaurant reviews I want to do…not enough time…argghhhh.

OK let’s start with the biggest…..I FINALLY went to Pied de Cochon for the first time. I have been wanting to go here for ever! And it would probably have been much longer before it happened to if I had not discussed it with a foodie who told me one can be reasonable and do PDC cheap enough. Well there whole menu is online with prices. So after close inspection she was right! So I declared October PDC month on Cheap Ethnic Eatz…the dinner group. With help from Johanne and Olivier I set up 3 outings as reservations were capped at 10 places. My turn was this Tuesday. OMG, OMG, OMG!

Au pied de cochon - 01You know how some movies are like so good but you also can’t stop thinking and analyzing for a while after the movie and you realize the movie is even better then you first thought. That is what my dinner there was like. i have tones of pics to show…all taken by Bernard Reischl…thank you Berny!

Ok let me make a quick comment about he decor. The local is a longggggggg rectangle with a long bar at the center and the open kitchen behind the bar.  The floor and half the walls are a warm golden rich wood. The other half of the walls is mirror. The table are all massive solid pieces of wood about he same color as the walls. The efefct is french bistro meet Canadiana. its really something. There is only one drawback to it, my only real complaint of the evening…this makes conversation resonate so it is not a place to have a quiet romantic dinner. Its lively and its loud.

Ok now I’ll shut up about the decor and stick to the FOOD! First thing that struck me is don’t go thinking it is Fine Cuisine. Oh no, it is Cuisine Cochone Fine (cochone means pig like cuisine,  glutonous). Yes you can leave there spending a small fortune but you can go cheap. I went sorta in the middle. I did not order a main entré but instead a bunch of smaller dishes. I ordered the Foie Gras Cromesquis, the Tomato Tartlet, the Poutine side dish (no foie gras), a pint of Pied de Cochon beer and Dark Chocolate ‘Pot de crème’. That is separate 5 items…5!. how much was my total with tax and tip? Only 38$ That is pretty damn good. Here are some pics of my meal.

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Foie Gras Cromesquis

The Foie Gras Cromesquis is a unique experience. Breaded then fried, this cube of Foie gras turn liquid inside. The waiter warns you to keep your lips well sealed when you bite or it will squirt out…which I can vouch for cause everyone was staring at me when I ate it and I giggled and a tiny bit did projectile out of my mouth. A unique explosive experience!

Tomato Tartlet - Divine

Tomato Tartlet - Divine

Never in my life did I think I would stop in mid sentence over the taste of of a tomato pie…but it did…OMG.

Poutine side dish

Poutine side dish

The side dish Poutine, for a poutine, is fantastic. The fries are excellent, the homemade venison gravy is sublime in taste but not served hot enough as the classic cheese curds,  better then any I ever had, were no where near melted. However I am not a big poutine fan so not my favorite part of the meal, yet very good. And its HUGE.

Here are other pictures of various dishes enjoyed by my dinner companions:

Guinea Hen Liver Mousse Appetizer

Guinea Hen Liver Mousse Appetizer

Pied de Cochon stew

Pied de Cochon stew

The famous Foie Gras Poutine

The famous Foie Gras Poutine

PDC Pizza

PDC Pizza

The most beautiful heart attack on a plate: puff pastry crust, potatoes, cheese, blood sausage, foie rgas…God knows what else. I got to taste it…WOW

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This is Rebecca getting her PDC Pizza…look at her excitement!

And now…dessert. Other took the Lemon Meringue Pie and the Chocolate Molten Cake and said both were divine. I had the Dark Chocolate ‘Pot de crème’. Somewhere in between a ganache and a mousse, it was served in a glass jar with a topping of crème fraiche and cookie crumbs. it was big enough for 2 and so, so, so good.

Dark Chocolate 'Pot de crème'

Dark Chocolate 'Pot de crème'

This was the 2nd of 3 organized PDC events for the Month October. Based on the reviews on Meetup I only saw amazing comments. I did hear privately from 1 person who did not enjoy their experience. What can I say…it can’t please everyone and that person made valid points too. but overall it was a great set of events.

AU PIED DE COCHON
536 Duluth Est
Montréal (Québec)
H2L 1A9
Tél: 514.281.1114

Hugs and Biscuits
Evelyne