Monday, August 24, 2009

Field Trip: Filipino Bakery

So there is a new Filipino bakery and grocery store that opened near our house recently. I have meant to go in but never got around to it. Today I took my son for a walk and checked it out.
They don't carry fresh produce or meat but they do have a pretty big selection of imported packaged snacks and a freezer section full of whole fish and hunks of coconut and leaves. I didn't give the freezer section a thorough look but I intend to next time. There was a lot of interesting looking things and I tried out the pea pod snacks. They are a little salty but tasty and were a hit with the toddler but not so much the husband. I would get them again.
Next time I had that way I will try the corn variety and one of the purple ube cake packs. I love things that are naturally purple.
The coconut jam caught my eye but I don't know what to do with it and I am afraid of how sweet it will be. And if anyone knows what to do with salted tamarind, let me know because it looked like something fun to play with. :)
Since this place is a bakery I tried out some coconut buns. They were really sweet but a sweet coconut taste that I personally love. The bun part was soft and fresh and the coconut filling was sticky and gooey. I think these will become a go to treat for me. Next time I want to try the BBQ beef or BBQ pork buns or maybe a Red Bean bun if I am feeling adventurous.
So, any suggestions on things I should look for next time I am in there?
I can't remember the exact name of this place and google isn't being my friend so I will update and add the name once I track it down.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Breakfast Bacon Egg Cups

I was surfing around looking for something simple to make for breakfast and I came across these Bacon Egg Cups. It's a very simple and tasty recipe. Silly me, i didn't bookmark the site and I'm not sure what it is. I found it through links on this site and others. If you know who's site this came from, please let me know so I can send them a shout out >thanks<. Also, sorry for the bad picture. I'd already eaten one and couldn't find my camera so I used my phone.....eesh.

- grease a muffin pan

- cut small circle pieces of bread using a cookie cutter or glass

- pre-cook some bacon (not completely as it will be going in the oven)

- break egg into a bowl and pour away half the egg white ( I used the egg whites for another dish)

- place bacon in the muffin tin

- add the bread (push to bottom)

- pour in the yoke and half egg white

- put in the oven at 385F for roughly 8-9 min (until egg white is done and/or until yoke is cooked to your liking)

-Add cracked pepper to the top

These little guys are very easy and tasty. I would try it again and sprinkle some goat cheese on the top.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The other night we treated ourselves to a simple dinner of BLT's with a side of Peaches and Cream corn. There is nothing like a tasty BLT.

Ours were made with a few slices of thick bacon, green leaf lettuce from the garden, a few slices of a nice ripe tomato, goat cheese all seasoned with salt and pepper on a fresh thick Ciabatta bun. Best BLT ever !

We topped it off with a side of peaches and cream corn.

I could eat these every day !

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cookbook Project - Ramsay's Salmon

Tonight I embarked on my first journey into our cookbook project. I went with a dish from Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food book. That being, Salmon with Mediterranean Flavours.

SOURCE: Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food - Page 180 - Salmon with Mediterranean Flavours

Ingredients [serves 4]

4 skinned salmon fillets, about 200g each

1/4 cup [50ml] sun-dried tomatoes in oil, halved if large Handful of basil leaves
1/4 cup [50ml] pitted black olives
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
Sea salt and black pepper
Olive oil, to drizzle

Heat the oven to 200C/400F. Place the salmon fillets on a board, skinned side down. use an apple corer to make 6 small holes in each fillet.
Flatten the sun-dried tomatoes and place on a basil leaf, an olive and a sliver of garlic on each one. Roll up and use to stuff the holes on the salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the salmon fillets on a lightly oiled baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 6-8 minutes until medium rare - the thickest part will feel slightly springy when pressed. Transfer to warm plates and serve [he has a tomato salad that goes with it in the book that we did not do. We did a side salad from our garden]

Our thoughts:

The idea of the book is that each of the meals is an easy recipe that can be made quickly so that people eat fresh home cooked meals every night instead of ordering pizza, etc. It is true, this is an easy recipe to follow and the prep time is minimal. The cooking time he recommends (6 to 8 minutes for medium rare) may work well in a commercial oven, in a home oven with hot spots and varying thickness of Salmon, you'll need to check. We cooked ours for 11minutes and it was under medium rare so we put it in for an additional 4 minutes. It ended up medium but that's ok for us. You'll need to gauge according to your own oven and your preference for salmon.

With regards to the 'Mediterranean flavours', they taste very good. However, all the flavour is concentrated in the areas of the basil, etc. The salmon in the other areas did not really pick up the flavours. I think I would try this a bit different. I would try the same ingredients but as follows:

- Rough chop the olives, sun dried tomatoes and basil

- use roasted garlic or fine chopped garlic

- mix the above together and spread on top of the salmon

- then bake

I'm going to try it this way and see what happens.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More on the Huckleberry Pancake

I don't think the pancake got enough credit below. It was possibly the best thing I have ever eaten for breakfast in my life. We lucked in to showing up during Huckleberry Days and the Hucks were on sale everywhere in delicious concoctions in cluding the pancakes. It was a little crispy and a little bit fluffy and all delicious. The huckleberry butter was perfection. So if you find yourself in White Fish Montana and have a hankering to eat at a bowling alley The Pin & Cue is the place for you.

Huckleberry Days

Lunch at Divino

I arrived home from a brief trip out of town around 1:00pm and being a bit hungry decided to head downtown for a bite. I wandered up and down Stephen Avenue Mall unsure of what I was after and decided to stop at Divino.
I was greeted at the door quickly and since the dinner rush was over I grabbed a seat near the front window and faced the street. The server was prompt and pleasant.
I only needed a light meal so I focused on their appetizers. I went with the mussels & frites. (I was told by the server that this would be more than enough for lunch).
The mussels arrived piled high and where perfectly cooked and huge. They didn't last long on the plate. I used the bread provided to sop up the remaining sauce. The pomme frites were a bit under cooked...kind of soggy.
I still had some room when I was finished so I went straight for the creme brulee. It was fantastic.
All in all a great lunch experience. Divino is highly recommended.

Breakfast in Whitefish Montana

We decided to take a weekend trip down to Whitefish Montana for some shopping and to get away. In the morning after our first night we hit my favourite haunt for a good hearty breakfast. The place is The Pin and Cue. Don't let the exterior or the fact that this is a bowling alley fool you. You will get excellent service and a great breakfast for a reasonable price every time.
This time, I had the chicken fried steak with sausage gravy, sunny side up eggs, brown toast and diced potatoes. Always a great way to start the day (especially if you had one too many the night before). The Mrs. had bacon, scramlbed eggs and brown toast. The icing on the cake for her was the special. HUCKLEBERRY Pancakes with HUCKLEBERRY butter. I thought she was going to jump out of the booth in glee when she saw this.
As always, the food was great and the service exceptional. I didn't get a chance to taste the pancake and butter, but judging by how fast they disappeared and the smile on the Mrs. face, I'd have to say these were top notch.
If ever you're in Whitefish Montana, check out the Pin & Cue. You won't be disappointed.