Category: Miscellaneous

Kitchen party!: Chef Jérôme Ferrer’s homemade fresh cheese recipe

Categories: Miscellaneous

Introducing Mauril

Have you met Mauril? If not, let me introduce you.   Mauril is a free app being developed by the CBC/Radio-Canada to help users to learn French (or English) using video and audio content from CBC\Radio-Canada. The app is named for the Honorable Mauril Bélanger, the former Ottawa-Vanier MP who championed official languages in Canada.  Personalized

Dinner time! – Au fricot!

Nothing warms you up like a bowl of hot stew in the winter, and no one knows this better than Acadians. Today I’m writing about fricot, a hearty Acadian stew usually made with meat, fish, or seafood, potatoes, onions, and fluffy dumplings. It is said that fricot is so important to Acadian food culture that

The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico: an Acadian bank

The Farmer’s Bank of Rustico was North America’s first community-based bank and an early model for Caisses populaires and credit unions. Three thousand Acadians living on what is now called Prince Edward Island (then Île Saint-Jean) were deported by the British in 1758. About 30 Acadian families hid and remained on the island, but when

One night in Montreal – Jill Barber finds her (French) voice

This story of a love affair begins more than a decade ago at the Montreal Jazz Festival. On the recommendation of a friend, Mississauga-born pop-jazz singer-songwriter Jill Barber performed a French translation of her song, All My Dreams. Her French wasn’t perfect, and she felt shy and tentative, but the audience loved Tous mes rêves,

A short history of Black History Month

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada, and I decided to research and write about how this annual celebration came to be. Early days in the United States In the summer of 1915, Harvard-educated Black historian Carter G. Woodson, along with thousands of other African Americans, travelled to Chicago, Illinois, for

Join the Kitchen Party!

I celebrated my 25th birthday in Zurich, Switzerland in the 1990s. My friend, Katja, made me a cake, and WHAT a cake it was. Rich, buttery, and fragrant, I can still remember the bliss of that first, astonishing bite. Do you have a favourite recipe- one that makes you feel connected to a time, a

Catherine Fisher, RVF English-language blogger for 2021

Hello! My name is Catherine Fisher and I’m so happy to be blogging for Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie again this year.  I’m an anglophone Canadian with some Francophone roots, living in Nelson, a small city in interior British Columbia. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and spent a few years in Toronto, Ontario, as

My RVF top 20 of 2020 (part two)

Last week and this week I’ve written about some of my favourite RVF blog posts this year. Continuing my list… In June, I wrote about Michif, a language developed by Métis people through the mixing of Plains Cree and Canadian French vocabularies, with words and phrases from English, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous languages. While Michif

My RVF top 20 of 2020 (part one)

It’s December, and I’ve been writing for the RVF for almost a year now. As I mentioned in my very first blog post, there are so many stories to tell and I’m really enjoying telling them.  This week and next, I’m looking back at my favourite 20 RVF blog posts of 2020. Here are the