For several years now, while dining in Ottawa, I have seen ‘Brome Lake Duck’ appearing in various menu selections, as pate, confit, or what have you … I have yet to try any of the offerings and had always vaguely assumed that Brome Lake was a lake somewhere in Ontario and that the ducks were wild ones hunted in the general area. As it turns out, the lake is in Quebec and the name, more properly ‘Canards du Lac Brome’, refers to an outfit that specializes in raising Pekin Duck (which is also known as ‘Peking Duck’, but doesn’t have any particular connection to the dish of the same name). Anyway, I have been seeing jars of the pate you see pictured above in my local store for some months now and I thought it time I gave it a try… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Brome Lake Duck Pâté”
There is no actual recipe today (none really needed, actually)… Rather, I just thought I’d show you a little canapé I put together as a snack for my wife and me. I have called them ‘Wensleydale Bites’ because I used lovely Wensleydale Cheese which comes from Yorkshire in England and is a bit like a sharp white Cheddar.
Basically, I toasted some slices cut from a small baguette, brushed each with some of my homemade Garlic Oil, and then spread them with liver pate. On top of this, I put strips of the cheese straddled by slivers of pickled gherkin and then I grilled everything just until the cheese started to bubble. Finally, I drizzled over a little Cranberry-Chipotle Jelly and garnished with chopped parsley.
I have to say these were very good and I am looking forward to playing with the basic theme as my wife and I love this kind of ‘snackie’. I only used a cheap, canned pate on this occasion but maybe something a little more expensive and decadent will get used next time. I may even try making a flavored jelly of my own as well….