Tomato and caramelized onion pie

Are the herbs in your garden ready and has the July heat ripened the tomatoes? It’s the ideal moment to try out the recipe for tomato and caramelized onion pie by our chef Serge Ronck of Sélection Retraite St-Jérôme.

If you don’t have a garden, look around the public market closest to you to get seasonal food from local producers.


  • 2 puff pastry shells
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 250 ml onions, caramelized
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g gruyère cheese, grated
  • 10 g strong mustard
  • 10 g basil
  • 5 g thyme
  • Chives, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • In a pan, caramelize the onions.
  • In a bowl, mix the cheese, herbs, mustard and eggs. Add salt and pepper.
  • Place the tomato slices on the bottom of the pastry shell.
  • Add the cheese mixture.
  • Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until pie is a light golden colour.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. 

One pie makes 6 servings. Bon appetit!

6 public markets to discover

Aromas of freshly prepared pastries, unique encounters with local producers and a festive atmosphere, shopping at your local market has become an activity in itself, especially during the summer months.

We are therefore taking advantage of Public Markets Week in Quebec, which takes place until August 16, to suggest a few places not far from some Sélection Retraite complexes.

Marché public de la Vallée-de-l’Or
1300 8e Rue, Val-d’Or

Nice weather, bad weather, the brand new pavilion that houses the market is absolutely worth the detour! For the latest news and the producers who are there each week, visit their Facebook page.

Marché public de Rimouski
Parc de la Gare (corner of Avenue de la Cathédrale and Rue de l’Évêché E.)

Nearly 45 producers and farmers from the Lower St. Lawrence meet every Saturday from May to October. Recently, it has even become possible to have your orders prepared directly via their website.

Marché public de Sainte-Foy
920 Avenue Roland Beaudin, Quebec City

Every day until November 15, take advantage of the wide variety of seasonal food available at the Sainte-Foy market. Take a look at their Facebook page for the latest arrivals.

Rendez-vous gourmand
247 Rue Notre-Dame E., Victoriaville

This seasonal public market in Victoriaville enlivens the neighbourhood every Friday in July and August. Drop by after work to stock up on fresh, local food. To find out more, click here.

Marché public de Magog
132 Chemin de la Plage des Cantons, Magog

Located a stone’s throw from the beach, a park and picnic tables, this market is ideal for your Sunday family outing! Stay abreast of the upcoming products and activities on their Facebook page.

Marché public de Gaspé
8 de la Marina, Gaspé

Sailboats in the background, the market’s merchants will welcome you in the picturesque setting of the Gaspé marina. It’s a date every Saturday until October 10. For more information, consult their website!

Pour connaître l’ensemble des marchés publics qui se trouvent dans votre région, consultez le site web de l’Association des Marchés Publics du Québec!

5 ways to bring Quebec to the table!

We realize more than ever the importance of buying local. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to suggest five ways to shine a light on our Quebec culture over a good meal!

  1. Buy local products

If you don’t have time to get to the market, it is still possible to buy local at the grocery store. Just keep a lookout for the array of Quebec products on offer. From baguettes to cases of strawberries, not forgetting a variety of dairy products, there is certainly no lack of choice. We challenge you to fill a 100% Quebec basket the next time you go to your supermarket.

  1. Make recipes using seasonal foods

Explore new flavours and expand your repertoire of recipes by planning your menu according to the fruits and vegetables in season! To find out about the different varieties of food available depending on the harvest, see our article on the topic.

  1. Toast the health of Quebecers

No matter your taste, there will be a vineyard in the Eastern Townships, a microbrewery in the Gaspé or a distillery in the Lower St. Lawrence that will please you. Let’s raise our glasses to the many producers, each more talented than the last, that we are lucky enough to have in Quebec!

  1. Encourage local food festivals

It is sometimes difficult to know where our food comes from. In Quebec, we are lucky to have festivals whose mission is to promote and celebrate our culture. Le Festival de la Grande Gourmandise, which will be held in Boucherville and Tremblant in spring 2021, is one of them!

Tastings, workshops and many other on-site activities will allow you to meet local producers, artisans and chefs.

  1. Decorate the table!

Dress up your table by purchasing dishes, placemats and centrepieces from your favourite Quebec artisans. Many neighbourhood shops offer tableware and these finds are sure to create unique arrangements that will impress your guests! !


Seasonal fruits and vegetables on the menu

Reconnect with your Quebec roots by eating seasonally! Fresh, tasty and healthy, local food has nothing to envy food from elsewhere. Here is a summary of the fruits and vegetables on offer until the end of summer.


Berries, beets and green vegetables are the stars of July! Broccoli and zucchini will be your greatest allies for your evening BBQs, while kale and beets will nicely garnish your salads.

As for raspberries, it probably isn’t necessary to mention that they are delicious at any time of day! 


In August, there is something for every taste! After the heat of July, the harvest is in full swing and it’s the turn of carrots, tomatoes, beans, leeks and eggplant to decorate our plates.

As for fruit, blueberries, cantaloupe and watermelon are on the menu. In fact, they make an excellent trio in a fruit salad!

The hot season slowly gives way to autumn days. It’s the ideal moment to go for a walk in an orchard and taste the freshly gathered apples. And don’t pass up the sweet peppers which are also at their best in September!

Throughout the year!
Even though summer is the best time to add local foods to your diet, certain fruits and vegetables are available all year! Cranberries, mushrooms, potatoes and cabbage are some examples. What’s more, the variety of greenhouse vegetables offered in Quebec, the preserves or jams, allow us to eat our favourite fruits and vegetables, no matter the season.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day with Poutine

On June 23, residents in several of our Sélection Retraite complexes had the chance to taste 100% Quebec dishes for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. A varied menu of different types of poutine to please everyone’s taste buds was offered on site! At Sélection Ile des Soeurs, the residents chose from traditional poutine, General Tao poutine or another made with Quebec pulled pork.

All in all, it was good-natured fun, the first event since the beginning of the quarantine. We also took the opportunity to ask residents a few questions. Take a look at our video highlights!

Special Selection Poutine


  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 25 g of butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • ½ tablespoon of paprika
  • 5 ml of Worcestershire sauce
  • 40 ml of maple syrup
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of flour
  • 250 ml of veal demi-glace sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 150 g of cheese curds
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, cut into cubes (about 125g)


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F
  • Cut the potatoes into sticks of equal size and coat with vegetable oil
  • Place on an oiled baking sheet and put in the oven for 40 minutes, turn halfway through cooking
  • In a saucepan, brown the onion, carrot and celery in the butter
  • Add paprika, Worcestershire Sauce and maple syrup and bring to a boil
  • Stir in the flour
  • Add the demi-glace sauce and reduce until coating consistency
  • Season to taste
  • Prepare the plate: put the fries, the cheese curds and the sauce
  • Garnish with bacon and / or grilled chicken
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