not a pretty picture: pate chinois


When I was little, I couldn’t wait until Christmas or Thanksgiving to arrive. Sure, there was turkey, but I was always more enamoured with the Tourtière, the French Canadian pork pie that my mom always had on the table. My brother, on the other hand, favoured Pate Chinois which translates into chinese pie but really is nothing of the sort. Pate Chinois is really just shepherd’s pie with a French Canadian twist (and the twist, I guess, is the funny name). My mom would make Pate Chinois on those cold, blustery days during the winter and nothing seemed to take the chill out of the air like that bright orange casserole pot coming out of the oven.

Earlier this week, I decided to make some Pate Chinois, but instead of using ground beef like my mom always used, I made it with ground lamb. Either works wonderfully for this very down home stick-to-your-ribs meal.

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6 comments to “not a pretty picture: pate chinois”

  1. 1
    linda   September 14, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    Something about the weather, just brings out the fall food… Loooks gooooood.

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    s'kat   September 14, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Hmm, I have not heard of one or the other of these soul-satisfying meals, but they sound ground. It is definitely getting to that time of year!

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    Joanne   September 14, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    Another 2 weeks before I can eat “normally” again…and then I’ll be trying this recipe out, for sure.

    It’s getting to be that time of year when I plan my road trip to St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market (just outside of Guelph). Ever been there ?

    I make a beeline for the bakery stand to check out the home made breads and pies made from scratch by the Mennonite community…and then I grab a pie or two and a German cheese cake, and a couple of jars of jams and preserves and…

    I’m getting hungry :^/

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    peabody   September 15, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, I haven’t had that in forever, ever since my grandmother died.
    It so reminds me of her and winter.

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    hag   September 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    I just bought a piece of fabric, that i ma going to make a little kitchen window blind from,that is the same pattern as your oven mits! My fabric is white with green design on it. That dish certainly says Fall! Yum.

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    kickpleat   September 17, 2006 at 11:41 am

    yup linda, we need something toasty with fall rearing its head!

    s’kat, these are totally family dishes as my mom is french canadian and they’re so delicious!

    joanne, i’ve never been to st. jacobs even though i grew up in london. i’ve always wanted to go!

    that fabric is soooo cute! it definitely would make a great kitchen window blind. hmmm…you are giving me some ideas!

    i agree peabody, there is just something about this dish that has so many memories attached to it!

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