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Dining and shopping in London, 2014

Sweet Onion Grill at 135 Wortley Road in Wortley Village has a Greek night the last Friday of each month.

http://sweetoniongrill.m.webs.com

24 minutes ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese food for Christmas day.... Best place downtown is???

I'd like to know Chowhounds' favourite dishes at each of the restaurants that have been recommended!

I recommend the Jin deui trio at Crown Princess ;)

Nice that LWH takes reservations thru OpenTable.

about 3 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What do you not order in restaurants...

Lamb, chicken avgolemono soup, stuffed grapeleaves, tiropita and spanakopita. Although I sometimes order them, then think to myself, this is something I should just make at home, since I usually find the restaurant version meh.
I'm sure there are restaurants that make better versions than what I make at home, but I like my versions better than what I can find at restaurants I frequent where I live.

about 4 hours ago
prima in General Topics

What do you not order in restaurants...

Lamb.

about 4 hours ago
prima in General Topics

Where to buy fresh lump crab meat in GTA?

City Fish on Dufferin? But if Diana's doesn't have it, I'm guessing City Fish won't, either. Might also check with Pisces Gourmet at Summerhill. Both are open today. Good luck! ;)

about 4 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pear desserts

I'm sure the Boscs will turn out well.

I use whatever pears I've got, and I haven't had any variety fall apart on me.

I cook and poach with wine more frequently than I drink wine, so I'm sure I've also been poaching with wine that was intended for drinking. ;)

about 16 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

Pear desserts

I've used Harry and David pears for poaching, and for baking, and the texture was fine. They did not fall apart.

Just because they're intended for eating, doesn't make them bad for baking or poaching.

about 16 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

Pear desserts

The Ottolenghi poached pear with white wine, cardamom and saffron recipe is easy and delicious. I've used whatever white wine I have on hand, even sparkling wine, for the recipe.
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/poac...

I've also used Harry and David pears in the By-Rite Market pear upside down cake. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

about 23 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

All things eggnog

Breaking the rules by posting this here, but might be of interest to some eggnog-loving Toronto Chowhounds: http://www.thekitchn.com/holiday-reci...

about 24 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Christmas salad ideas

I think the pink colour of the potato/ beet/mayo salad is festive! ;)

Since it's summer in Australia, the spinach /strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing might be a light and festive addition.

Re: Peruvian-style turkey

I've had Peruvian chicken many times (but not turkey), but based on my experiences, I wouldn't hesitate to pair Peruvian-style turkey with any of the North American/Northern Hemisphere/ European salads that have been mentioned. The Peruvian poultry spices aren't going to clash with salads from other cuisines, imo.

At my house, Pavlova is a dessert that can follow any menu.

1 day ago
prima in Home Cooking
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Looking for a Restaurant in Toronto for Christmas day

27 restaurants show availability for a table of 5 on www.opentable.com , including Jaipur Grille, Maroli, Lai Wah Heen, America at the Trump (5 pm).

Russian Federation cuisine (or former Soviet Union cuisine) in Toronto

Thanks for mentioning Crepes Club! We had a great meal tonight: borscht, garlic bread (a fried garlicky bun), pelmeni, pork shashlik with fries, crispy potato pancakes. Generous portions, laidback atmosphere. There is dill on the fries, on the pelmeni and in the borscht, just so the dill adverse are aware.

Great soups...high end to low end

Nice borscht at Crepes Club, the newish Russian crepe place located at 49 Baldwin. They also have a chicken and dumpling soup I plan to try on my next visit. Good place to have a bowl of soup near the AGO.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saturday afternoon, fun and lively...

I agree with meatnveg that Guu would be a fun spot with good food.

White Brick Kitchen might be a good spot, too.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saturday afternoon, fun and lively...

+1 for Guu on Bloor

I've find Caffe Nervosa's food and service pretty bad. I've been 3 times over the last 12 years, most recently this past May. If I wanted midday Italian near Bloor, I'd go to Bar Centrale.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another side for my Chanukah dinner?

I think beets and duck go really well together.I don't think they'd be too rich. ;)

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Home Cooking
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Another side for my Chanukah dinner?

I think it would, but I would serve that side dish with most roast poultry, meats or fish I make. I like adding toasted nuts when it's a special meal. One could also sub toasted pecans for pine nuts or omit nuts/raisins. ;)

Maybe a beet or Moroccan carrot salad (cumin/garlic/lemon), if you thought greens would be too similar to cabbage? What spices are going into the braised duck?
The apple ginger chutney looks like an interesting twist on applesauce:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Another side for my Chanukah dinner?

Re: sauteed bitter greens
I've been liking sauteed greens with toasted pine nuts, raisins, garlic, oil & vinegar. Works nicely with Swiss chard, which doesn't shrink like spinach.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Great Restaurant for Group of 16-20

You're probably right that the fee is discretionary, or perhaps the fee is applied depending on the day of the week/whether the restaurant is busy. I had booked a Saturday night party in the basement a couple years ago, and at that time, I would've been charged a fee if I wanted to start before 8:30 pm. It's also possible their policy has changed or become more flexible.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

So, I returned to Beertown to eat, after all. The burger was pretty good. After having a recent lunch at Jack Astors, I got the impression most of the food at Beertown is probably a little better quality in terms of ingredients and preparation than the most of food at that particular location of Jack Astors.

If I was looking for lunch in Masonville, I'd probably go to Beertown, Five Guys or Richie's.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

By the way, roho1, have you taken any cooking classes at Kiss the Cook? A 3 course meal prepared by a chef is included over the course of the 2 hour class. I'd consider the meal that is served during the classes a hidden gem. The classes cost around $100 including tax, and it's possible to buy gift certificates for the classes. The 2015 classes should be posted soon. https://kissthecookonline.com/cooking...

Jill's Table also has neat cooking classes. http://www.jillstable.ca/cooking-classes

Another gem is Saffron's, the restaurant run by Fanshawe College as part of their Tourism and Hospitality programme. http://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-cour...

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

Muldoon's is old school Southwestern Ontario-style. Thicker crust, and a fair amount of char, compared to Panago or other chain pizza. Muldoon's pizza reminded me of what Tony's Pizza used to taste like, in the 70s and 80s. They also have a small restaurant space, if you'd like to dine in.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

an oven cookbook (that isn't just desserts)?

Does your conventional oven have a convection setting? Even if it doesn't, most recipes in a convection oven cookbook will work for a conventional oven, if you alter the time and/or temperature accordingly. Usually, it's possible to convert a convection oven recipe to a conventional oven recipe by turning up the heat by 25 degrees F. The ingredients and methods are the same, it's just the heating and timing that might be different. There are dozens of convection oven cookbooks if you do an online search, or search Amazon. Here's one: http://www.amazon.ca/The-Best-Convect...

Also search for cookbooks focused on roasting, Roman clay pots (Romertopf aka Roemertopf) and dutch ovens (dutch ovens are used on the stovetop and/or in the oven, and with some recipes you can choose to make the same recipe on the stovetop or in the oven) , which will use the oven.

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Black Forest Cake - High Quality Recipe?

Thanks for the comments and links, cleopatra!

Dec 19, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Liven up my cheese straws please!

No one has mentioned crumbled bacon?

I'd think a couple shakes of Worcestershire would also add to cheese straws.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Hope your sniffles vanish asap.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Goulash and noodles tonight.

Party mix OTHER than White Trash?

I'm making a fairly traditional party mix, using Worcestershire and butter. I'm adding some lemon juice, Tabasco and cayenne, and using Rice Chex, original Goldfish crackers and pecans. I'll omit the pretzels this time. I might try to find some roasted peas for colour.

For others making savoury party mixes, what other spices or add-ins have you been including?

Dec 18, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Freezer worthy vegetable side dish for holidays

Spanakopita triangles and other vegetable-filled filo pies (leek pie, etc) freezes well. Freeze after folded and brushed with butter, then bake from frozen.

I'm not fond of the texture of previously frozen braised/creamed spinach/greens dishes.

Second the braised red cabbage. I freeze braised green cabbage, too.

Another idea might be vegetarian stuffed vegetables (cabbage/tomatoes/baby eggplants/peppers/zucchini,etc) as a side. I prefer previously frozen stuffed tomatoes and cabbage to the eggplants and peppers.

Dec 18, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Is my Christmas Eve menu too orange?

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Dec 18, 2014
prima in Home Cooking