Chicken Bastilla for a North African Afternoon

Chicken Bastilla is a traditional Maghrebian pie filled with chicken, scrambled eggs and a crunchy layer of sweet cinnamon toasted almonds, all wrapped up in buttery phyllo pastry.

Boy are you in for a treat today: eyes and stomach! This chicken bastilla is THE DISH you must make for your next dinner party if you are looking for a guaranteed WOW factor! Even better, make it with your guest as it takes a couple of hours and there are many steps to keep people busy.

Don’t worry it is simple and the directions below are very clear. Open of a bottle of wine and make it with a group of friends. That is what I did with two fellow Montreal food bloggers as we prepared, and of course enjoyed, a 3-course North African meal together.

Chicken Bastilla

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Remembering the Daring Lis

The food blogging world suffered a big loss this week. It was no celebrity chef, cookbook author or writter, it was someone much more special than that. Lisa Cifelli, co-founder of The Daring Kitchen, passed away suddenly this week. Many food bloggers around the world will be posting a tribute to Lis on November 15th. I send my condelences to all of her family and close friends, particularly to Ivonne, Lis’ partner in crime in the Daring Kitchen adventure.

The Daring Kitchen was my first experience ever with a food group organizing monthly challenges and I particiapted for just over 2 years. It was my first real contact with other people like me, passionate about cooking and tangibly sharing the experience together. I had the pleasure of exchanging on quite a few occasions messages with Lis. During my time with the group I wrote a few articles and hosted 2 challenges. Lis was always there with encouragement and help, a joke, friendly words, a genuine kindness and a passion for this great group. I got to know her for a relatively short amount of time but she left quite a mark on me. I am sure there are hundreds of food bloggers who can retell the exact same story as me. She was a big influence and a mentor. It was a shock to hear of her passing.

Lis happily accepted my request for a guest post in the summer of 2010 when I went away on a holiday. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to repost her words and her recipe for Lasagna Rolls. I am glad there is a little piece of her here forever.

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My Guest Post for My Cookbook Addiction: Peanut Butter Daifukumochi Balls

Out of commission as you saw from yesterday’s post…broken dislocated arm and wrist…..but this guest post was already written up…enjoy!

I have a very special guest post today, dedicated to my fellow foodie friend, Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction. Both being from the same city, I have had the pleasure to share a few meals with Liliana during our occasional friendly Montreal food blogger dinners. She has always been a great supporter of my work, always so encouraging. But what is most remarkable about Liliana is her generosity. The few times I have called on my readers for donations, either in the form of a small donation or a prizes for a charity event, Liliana has always lent a helping hand. This woman has a great big heart.

I was so very honored when Liliana asked me to guest post on her blog. As you can tell from the title of her blog, she has a thing for cookbooks. You will find tons of cookbook reviews where she cooks and presents one dish from her latest recipe book. Now on the ethnic front, she leans towards Italian recipes, having Italian blood running through her veins. I definitely wanted to prepare something different and challenging for her, in the same manner I always do for my blog.

I chose a wonderful Japanese sweet with a modern spin, Peanut Butter Daifukumochi Balls. Head over to Liliana’s blog to check out my guest post, recipe included. I hope you will give these little guys a try. They are so easy to prepare and have a fun unique texture and taste.

 

Guest post on ici et here

I am so proud to share with you today a link to my guest post on ici et here, entitled…

Ethnically Tasting Montreal, Frugally

 

In this special post I discuss why we are a city of foodies and tell you about my favorite ethnic hangouts.

PLUS you can listen to an audio interview I did with Fait Ici this week.

The ici et here concept is simple and brilliant: ici et here is a group blog with a fixed lifespan of 52 weeks where 52 posts will be published by 52 different people in both French and English. This blog endeavors to document the interplay of food and life in Montreal. Today is my turn for post number 29.

We had also a fabulous pot-luck launch party back in November 2010 where we got to meet most of the participants and our host Fait Ici. Remember my Best Thai Curry Tofu Ever, our hosts loved it so much they make it once in a while for their lunch menu.

I encourage you to check out the other guest posts on ici et here if you want the real inside-scoop of food in Montreal!