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sushi help

Glad you liked it, Graphix! The deep-fried rolls are amazing and so is finding interesting goodies in some of the rolls, like mint, mandarin or dill. So good! I found out last week that they are closed on Monday evenings, which is their only time off. I also found out that they will make any roll (slight extra charge) using this new soya-based wrapper (nice bright colour), instead of nori for those that don't like the taste of nori, which of course is seaweed based (some people don't like seaweed; one of my friends for instance).

Sep 19, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

chicken tikka masala

serious - no problem, glad to be of help. If you want any of the spices blends for marinate or pastes let me know.
I imagine single cream is light cream (here the cream is packaged according to fat content; we have 10% cream, 15% cream, 35%..- I'd use the 15% cream if I were trying the recipe), don't know what fat% half&half is.
Good luck to you, I'm sure it'll turn out great!

Sep 07, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

Okra and Eggplant--looking for a recipe

I bought okra from an Indian grocer recently. He told me they could be sliced and stir fried with some chopped onion and garlic. Simple. I tried it and it's good. I added a bit of cumin.

Sep 06, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

chicken tikka masala

Tore my apt. upside down last night looking for the book - Curry Club Tandoori and Tikka Dishes by Pat Chapman. My copy is printed in England in 93. I found a copy on amazon for $113 just now.
Chicken Tikka Masala - serves 2-3
Author's note: ..chicken tikka masala is a pure restaurant invention (and a brilliant one), and is by far the most popular restaurant dish.

20-24 chicken tikka pieces, cooked (grilled chicken pieces marinated in red tandoori marinade*)
2 T veg. oil, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 8 oz onion, finely chpd
1.5 T mild curry paste*
1.5 T red tandoori paste*
1 T green masala paste*
6 canned plum tomatoes, 1 T vinegar, 1 T tomato ketchup
6 oz. canned tomato soup
1/2 green capsicum pepper, chopped
0-4 green chillies (optional), 4 oz single cream
1 T garam masala, 1 T chopped fresh coriander, salt to taste

Heat the oil on a large karahi or wok. Stir-fry the garlic 30 seconds, add the onion & stir-fry 8-10 mins. until golden brown. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, ketchup, soup, capsicum and chillies and when simmering add the chicken. Stri-fry to 5 mins. or so, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a further 5 mins., adding a little water if it needs it. Salt to taste and serve.
*Recipes for these marinades/pastes are in the book, as well as for others, of course.
serious, this does have cream as you can see. Maybe on next trip to England, ask the restaurant for their recipe? cheers!

Sep 06, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

Counteracting Cinnamon?

When this happens to me, I scoop out the herb or spice and dump it before stirring everything around.
I'd suggest you make a second (cinammon-free) batch of chili and freeze portions - it'll keep quite a long time in the freezer (and it's convenient!)

Sep 05, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

chicken tikka masala

Will get back to you once I check my book at home (I'm in Canada & we do get a lot of British books here so this may be one.)

Sep 05, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

chicken tikka masala

Don't know, but my friend makes a tandori-style chicken dish that is phenomenal and it IS marinated in yogurt and spices. Not served with any kind of cream(or creamy) sauce. It looks red but is not wet. What kind of recipe do you need? One without dairy of any kind? (I have a tikka & tandori cookbook at home that I can check.)

Sep 05, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

chicken tikka masala

Sep 05, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

Sushi in Tremblant

Was in Mt.Tremblant in Aug.; didn't check this Japanese place out, but you may want to try it, it seems to be the only place that offers sushi. It's called Restaurant U, you can find info here:
http://www.tremblant.ca/village/resta...

Sep 04, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Great Patisseries, Bakeries and Ice Cream in Montreal

Totally agree with Duc de Lorraine. I disagree with Bilboquet on Bernard; maybe the 3 of us who went in this Summer we unlucky, but our flavors were obviously artificial and gloppy (undissolved?)fat bits were found in the pistachio 'flavor' one (eek!). One tropical fruit sherbet sampled was way, way too sweet. Overall a bad experience.

Sep 02, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

sushi help

The party plate(s) is chef's choice too at Tataki. It has from 20 to 70 pieces. When I go at night my friends & I order one 20-piece plate each. At lunch, there are set combinations.
The fried sushi (roll pieces dipped in tempura batter then deep fried) with chef's secret sauce is amazingly good too!

Sep 01, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

sushi help

ghosty, I feel I'm giving away my own secret sushi place, but what you said about atmosphere & service not important made me sympathize since I'm the same way. What I want is Good Food, regardless, & for sushi it has to be fresh and not just good, but excellent. My fav. place for sushi is (I've been to Mikado etc. but this is better IMO; oh, &I loathe the chain sushi places!)
Tataki, 61 Duluth East. Small, no-glam eighbourhood 'mom & pop'place. They make it right there while you wait, there's just a few tables, they do take out as well. Fresh, inventive. Lunch combos or 'party plate' combos you can have there or take out, like I said. They have a vegetarian combo that a couple of my friends always have which is very good. Fish is good (love the mackarel). Check it out, just east of St. Laurent.

Sep 01, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

hot sauce

For an amazing selection, do you know the store in Ottawa that sells only hot sauces (+dried chiles); it's really a fun place, just 2 hrs away. You can order by mail as well:
Chilly Chiles
Address : 493 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z5
Telephone : 613-241-6668
Website : www.chillychiles.com

Aug 31, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

hot sauce

Les Douceurs du Marchee at Atwater Market, perhaps (could be the one BLM is referring to as well).

Aug 31, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Great Patisseries, Bakeries and Ice Cream in Montreal

No problem. Love soy milk too! Yes, if you go to veg. resto, such as Chu-Chai on St. Denis, you'll just have to walk up the street a few blocks and you'll get to Meu-Meu for dessert!
You & sis have fun!!

Aug 31, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

My sister needs recs for vegetarian or even vegan restos....

Chu-Chai is excellent (if you like Thai food). Someone reviewed it here recently, you can do a search.

Aug 31, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Great Patisseries, Bakeries and Ice Cream in Montreal

For ice cream, I like Cremerie Meu-Meu on St. Denis near Mt. Royal (4459, rue St. Denis). All ice cream and sherbets are made on the premises, they use high-quality, often organic ingredients. They experiment with flavors (when I went they had pear sherbet, another time orange lavender).
They also have a good selection of soya milk-based ice'creams', they're really good, the (dark)chocolate is amazing, they also have hazelnut, mango,etc. Sherbet flavors I saw included tamarind, organic blueberry, organic lemon, pear, passionfruit.

Aug 31, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Buying sushi-grade fish

I always start by announcing to the fishmonger that I plan to make sushi - I've always been satisfied with what they've recommended and they (fishmongers that I've been to) take the request for 'freshest possible for eating raw' very seriously, at times turning me away because what I wanted was not fresh enough. Have never had a bad experience; freshest fish has an inoffensive smell (almost odorless really).
In Spain, what they consider fresh is what has come in from the sea that same morning, so I'd worry less!

Aug 29, 2006
leeds in General Topics

Dilallo Burger

I went to the Notre-Dame Dilallo's about a month ago, with a friend who had fond memories (long time ago). We both absolutely abhorred the hamburgers and the fries. Would not recommend it. Sorry.

Aug 29, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

You Know You're a "Home Cooking Chowhound" when...

When you wake up very early in the morning with thoughts of what you could be cooking up in the kitchen and end up just getting up and cooking 'cause it's like you're already doing it anyway!
When you limit how many times you try new restaurants because you are often disappointed: you and/or your SO can make most things they can make, but much better!

Aug 24, 2006
leeds in Not About Food

Bistro? St Denis?!

Here's a profile of L'Express, incl. a (small) photo, address and hours of business etc. Hope this helps.
http://english.montrealplus.ca/portal...

Aug 23, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

help with tapas party

No sauce on the tortilla.
For the cod fritters, you'd just have to change the name (the name you gave's Portuguese I believe) to croquetas de bacalao, or something. Or make 'tortillitas' (shrimp fritters) to be served with an herbed yogurt or allioli (that'd replace the shrimp garlic).
Gazpacho is a great suggestion.
For your paprika, jamon serrano and other goodies from Spain, you can check out this store in NYC (they even take orders for tortilla espanola one day in advance)
DespaƱa
Mon-Sat 11-8; Sunday 11-5
408 Broome Street
New York City, New York 10013
212.219.5050

Aug 23, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

Masala - a review

I went to Masala on Wellington for lunch today. Contrary to the comments from someone on these posts (who said they found the food was not spicy and boring), I found it spicy and very good. My two colleagues also enjoyed it very much as well. I asked for a pot of spicy sauce on the side to add if necessary, but it was NOT necessary. I had the shrimp masala (large shrimp, well seasoned) which came with rice, and excellent lentils. It also came with a lentil soup which had been given a very different taste to the lentils served with the main dish.
Samosas were not spicy, everything else was quite spicy and interestingly flavored.
Would recommend it. Open at lunch only on weekdays (maybe Sat.). Super convenient location from downtown. Prices include taxes. Efficient, friendly waiter.
Tues. evenings it is open for classes only.
Masala
995 Wellington
Montreal
Tel. 514 287-7455

Aug 22, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

i need a yummy portable dessert- with no gluten, dairy, or eggs!

Recently found this vegan recipe from Food & Wine:
Cinnamon-Banana Bread (uses Bob's Red Mill gluten-free, all-purpose baking flour). No eggs!
http://foodandwine.com/recipes/cinnam...

Aug 22, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

You Know You're a "Home Cooking Chowhound" when...

Your co-workers immediately assume it was you who brought in the homemade goodies being gladly consumed in the office kitchen (sometimes it is & sometimes it's not).

Aug 20, 2006
leeds in Not About Food

Will Chinatown restaurants be open Labour Day?

Yes, they are open. I was in Chinatown yesterday & asked the Ruby Rouge manager if they'd be open Labour day weekend. He said "Of course, we are open 7 days a week!".
Reservations may be made at 514 390 8828.
Many years ago I found out first hand that rests. in Chinatown were the only ones open on Christmas day (maybe not all).

Aug 19, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Yellow Plums - What Can I Make?

thanks everyone. I had no idea they were called green gage plums. OK, so I need to get the Chez Panisse Desserts book for the sorbet recipe, I guess.

Aug 17, 2006
leeds in Home Cooking

Old Montreal Restaurant Question

Guinea hen is amazing! You'd swear it was chicken from the look of it, but so much better tasting. Recommend it as well.
I last had it with a whisky sauce at (French) Rest. Le Grain du Sel on St. Catherine East. 'Pintade' is the French name for guinea hen, in case that's useful.

Aug 17, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Picnic Items at les Halles du Gare?

The bakery Premier Moisson has great bread, plus they sell pates & cheeses (they may also have salads avail. at that time). At lunch they have great sandwiches available; they may be able to make some up for you in the a.m. (They also sell quiches, not sure of quality; I'm fussy about the crust.)
In the mornings, they will grill baguettes, croissants or sliced hearty bread, spread butter+ filling of choice, such as cheese (Brie or cheddar) or creton. Good, and may serve as a snack for later.
Madame Nature may have salads set up, but it may be early for it. Recommend the tabbouleh, snow pea salad and lentil salad.
Those are the only 2 places I'd recommend.

Aug 16, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Aszu -Your Thoughts?

Please share: what kind of cuisine, what specific dishes did you enjoy etc? I may be tempted to try it...

Aug 15, 2006
leeds in Quebec (inc. Montreal)