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by Josée Fiset

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Have You Ever Wondered... French, the word copain is multi-purpose. A copain can be a chum, a best buddy, or a boyfriend (the feminine copine designates a girlfriend); it’s also a handily ambiguous word to avoid unmasking a lover. In the Middle Ages, before the advent of plates, meals were served on thick slices of sourdough bread, each makeshift platter shared by two guests. The Latin phrase cum panem, which means “with bread,” was amalgamated to become companio, referring to a person with whom not only was bread shared, but also wine, secrets, life. Companio in turn became compaing, the root of the word “companion” and, you guessed it, copain. Today, a copain remains someone to share all sorts of good things with. Like bread.


The medium sourdough starter: The baker’s Holy Grail The set-up my wish list : the perfect green picnic The question Have You Ever Wondered...


Idleness cream of zucchini and white bean soup Indulgence wheat-free vegan brownies The Picnic red fruit platter


The coming together the celebrated jambon-beurre — A sandwich by any other name The sharing — A meal for the ages The discovery la follia della focaccia !