Friday, November 06, 2009

Christmas in September

fig. a: the set-up (detail)

What can I say? The girl's on a tear!

First there was her 2-night gig at Les Touilleurs, and now this:

Michelle's in the new issue of Elle Québec, along with six other talented local chefs. The concept goes like: 1) you bring together a group of chefs in a top Montreal restaurant (say, La salle à manger), 2) you tell them to come prepared to make a special Christmas dish, preferably one that's dear to them, 3) you get them to cook their respective dishes, 4) and you finish off the occasion by having a spectacular Christmas meal with plenty of vino and other assorted spirits.

Sounds great, right?

Well, in September, when the shoot actually took place, it sounded kind of crazy. For one thing, it was hot. For another, Christmas seemed a long ways away. But everyone showed up, they came armed with recipes and mad skills, they made some pretty stellar dishes, the wine started to flow, and the event turned into quite the party. Michelle even got dressed up old-school Czech-style ("«la reine de Noël»!") to go along with her traditional Czech dessert.

fig. b: if you're going to Christmas in September...*

If you want to read the entire article, you'll have to go to your local newsstand. The issue is out now.

If you want to check out Michelle's recipe for "Les biscuits au chocolat, aux noix et au rhum" (Czech rum, walnut, and chocolate cookies), you can find it here on You can also find the highly international, highly tantalizing menu and all six of the other recipes there, including:

Les pastelles au merlan (Guinea-Bissau) de Julio Mendy, chef du Résident

La morue à la vizcaina (Mexico) d’Alonso Ortiz, chef du Pintxo

Les cigares au chou (Romania) d’Emilian Manole, chef du Picapica

La longe d’agneau (France) de Stéphane Modat,chef de l'Utopie

Le jeune canard sur os et les jambonneaux à l'érable (Quebec) de Samuel Pinard, chef de La salle à manger

and, Michelle's pick of the night,

Le salmis de pieuvre au girofle (Mauritius) de Stelio Perombelon, chef des Cons servent et du Pullman


* sure to wear flowers in your hair.


kittee said...

oh yum, her cookies look really delicious and easy to make. i just save it,and if i can make a vegan gluten free version (that's where i am these days), i'll report back.


aj kinik said...

Michelle's Mom has been making these vegan for years. Gluten-free, I'm not so sure.

Let me know how they turn out.


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