TV host’s favourite dishes shift as weather changes
Martin Champoux is the host of W Network’s What’s Cooking. In each of the 13 episodes, Martin demonstrates simple, delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes. The French version of What’s Cooking is the top cooking show in Quebec.
Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?
A: The oatmeal cookies my mom used to bake. When I got home from school she’d make a batch. I did my homework in a snap so I could eat them.
Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?
A: Whenever someone makes a spaghetti sauce, it reminds me of my father’s. I think his recipe is the best in the world!
Q: What is your favourite food to cook?
A: It varies depending on the season. I love to cook fish in the summer, veggies during the fall harvest and heartier meals like roasts and braised meats in the winter.
Q: How did the first meal you ever prepared turn out?
A: I tried something fancy for a special dinner with friends. It was “lapin a la moutarde” (rabbit with mustard). I was so nervous that I forgot to prepare side dishes.
Q: What kitchen gadget can you not live without?
A: Quality knives. I like to keep them in pristine condition, always as sharp as possible.
Q: Is there a cultural dish that you prepare which ties into an event?
A: Every year, we get together with friends and we hold a chili contest. We each cook our own personal recipe and judge each other. Of course, year after year, we’re all winners!
Lemon shrimp pasta salad
Cook pasta as directed on package, adding asparagus to the cooking water for the last 3 minutes of the pasta cooking time; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Mix dressing, oregano and lemon peel. Place pasta mixture in large bowl. Add dressing mixture, shrimp, tomatoes, and cheese; mix lightly.
Serve immediately for up to 12 people. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.