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Montreal with my Chinese friends

We will be in Montreal soon and would lke to take our new Canadian Chinese friends out for dinner. They live in Montreal now, we are visiting from PEi, but they have been in Canada for a few years. Any recommendations?

Heirloom tomato variety--Aunt Ruby's German Green

Bought some of these today at my local market( Prince Edward Island, Canada and came here to see if anyone else was raving about them. Yours if the only posting I found. They are truly delectable, ripe, very juice ,and strangely ripe when green.

Fried Garlic in Oaxaca (Ajos Fritos?)

Interesting thread. I purchased a bag of Ajos Fritos at the Tianguis( Tuesday Market) in San Miguel De Allende this winter. This is my 9th winter in SMA and the first time I have run across this delicacy. The senora told me that they were deep fried. They are OMG delicious. I will hoard this little bagfull and stretch them out until I can get more next winter. Be on the lookout for them if in Mexico.

Jul 14, 2013
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

Fresh Tarragon Revelation

I have to second the idea of adding Tarragon to egg dishes. One of my secret lunch concoctions: egg salad , tarragon, lobster paste! This was an accidental discovery when finishing up a few left overs. Am I the only person left on earth who LOVES lobster paste?

Jun 25, 2013
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

ISO FRESH FIGS in Monmouth County

So strange but I spied them at a local little greengrocer here in Prince Edward Island Canada last week. I grabbed all that they had left ( only 5). I have no idea what they were doing here at this time of the year but I ran home with them as if they had been stolen.May? Figs? can't be!!

May 09, 2013
lovetocookPEI in New Jersey

pork cheeks.....

I have been wondering the same thing and will ask my butcher this week when I go. I bet they are inexpensive because the line can't be too long. Stay tuned

Dehydrated garlic cloves as a snack-where to find?

Ok, thanks. I recently bought a garlic snack, sold with nuts, etc at an outdoor market. They look exactly like dried garlic cloves. The woman selling them said thy had been deep fried but I question that since they are completely dry in the centre and not like a deef fried or roasted product. I bet they were dehydrated and then fried or perhaps even vice versa. No help to you at all, I realize, since I am in San Miguel De Allende Mexico but you may have a look at a local Mexican grocer. In the meantime I am going to buy a life time supply to take home and pray that customs will allow them through.

(New) Janes-on-the Common-Halifax

How distressing to hear. The first thought that came to mind is " The good die young". I have always loved the atmosphere here, the servce has always been warm and helpful and the food has , needless to say, always been great. I am sure Halifax will miss you greatly. SIGH.

Jan 08, 2013
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

New Face on the Charlottetown scene

There is a new player on the Charlottetown restaurant scene, a " French Market Bistro" called Terre Rouge. Situated in a historical Charlottetown building ( the fathers of Confederation sipped here at the Crossed Keys Tavern in the day )they have been opened for a mere three weeks so it is early to comment.
As with all new restaurants in a competive market ,which Charlottetown is, locals have flocked. It has been difficult to get a table but things should settle soon.
Our recent visits have been satisfying. Service has been attentive for a new property,
stay tuned.

Oct 28, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

Decent bread/country loaves/baguette in Charlottetown/PEI?

I concur that the Ace bread at Superstore would be the bread of choice. Interesting breads at the farmers market Saturday a.m. in Charlottetown. A void waiting to be filled.

Jul 30, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

Glass jars - fess up!

ah, so nice to see that I am not alone with my mason jar obsession!

May 05, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Not About Food

Is the Pringles container recyclable?

Not sure about the container but the cover perfectly fits little glasses I have in my cupboard. Good for teeny leftovers.

May 05, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Not About Food

Pot Roast without using pre-packaged Lipton Soup

OMG, I had forgotten all about that pot roast. My Mother used to make it!!

Feb 25, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

Faux Poutine and Other Foods We Hate

Manufactured cheesecake etc . If there is no one baking on the premises, I skip dessert.

Feb 25, 2012
lovetocookPEI in Features

Which corned beef to try? [moved from Los Angeles Area board]

Not sure about the corned beef but since it has been frozen I would try cooking it. The quality may have suffered but it should certainly be safe. I rely on this site when I have a safety question re: food :

http://www.stilltasty.com/

Dec 29, 2011
lovetocookPEI in General Topics

For 2012 I Hereby Resolved to...

I am surprised at how many people mentioned bread making. That is my resolution to master baking with yeast. Other than no-brainer bread machine bread, I have never felt comfortable around yeast. I habitually ignore recipes that even mention it. LOL. Can anyone here help me overcome this fear?

Dec 29, 2011
lovetocookPEI in General Topics

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

In the 60's, in Montreal,( showing my age here) as a young newly-wed, I got to know Mme Benoit. Her cookbooks were available in sort of an installment mode at Steinberg's, a local grocery chain. The segment of her cookbooks were available on a monthly(?) basis and each segment was a chaper with a different topic. These were my bed time reading for years and my introduction into cooking. I learned all the basics from Mme Benoit and still admire her no-nonsense recipes and cooking methods.I go back to her time and again for some fave recipes. The only thing I regret is getting rid of the original cookbook sometime in the 80's or 90's when I began to condsider her old fashioned!! LOL
Anyone else remember these?

Oct 06, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

Just googled the recipe. My doesn't it sound fantastic. Goes to the top of my try next list!!

Oct 06, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

Made the cale again today using grapes as in the original recipe

Oct 04, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What to bring back from Spain? [moved from Home Cooking board]

True enough. I have a massive Cast Iron pan that Copco used to put out iin the 80's. A glorious thing that I use for Everything. I love to bring back cooking tools as gifts. You can be sure to find a Mexican Comal in my suitcase every time I return from Mexico. Very handy for all sorts of things, especially blackening peppers.Friends love them.

Oct 04, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Spain/Portugal

What to bring back from Spain? [moved from Home Cooking board]

I love to travel and had a long chat with an agent at Customs in Ottawa a few years ago. I am always looking for foodie gifts since the value is usually there much more so that in souvenirs. All dried foodstuffs are allowed: mushrooms, herb mixes,regonal spices, teas, coffees, and especially some great dried peppers which i often bring back as gifts from our annual Mexican winter.I also bring back pure Vanilla from VeraCruz which is packaged in a plastic bottle as opposed to breakable glass.No problems so far with leaking.I have returned home with interesting pasta shapes from Italy. Regional cookbooks/magazines are also a great gift for cooks.From Spain I would think Pimenton, Saffron, olives packed in those little Vacuum pouches, I might also think of lining the bottom of my suitcase with a Paella pan!!

Oct 04, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Spain/Portugal

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

No Butterpies? Well, there is something called Sugar Pie here in Canada , in Quebec mainly where it is called Tarte au Sucre. I think historicly it must have been made with Maple sugar but today it is usually made with brown sugar. It is very sweet but it is a tradition at Christmas in Quebec.I would say it resembles butter tarts without the raisins or pecan pies without the pecans.It definately goes back to a time when cooks had very basic ingredients on hand. My grandmothers sugar pie recipe is very similar to this one which I have just found from the grand dame of French Canadian cooking Mme Jehane Benoit
1 – Cover an 8-inch pie plate with dough. Spread with 1/2 inch of brown sugar or maple sugar. Wet with 3 tablespoons of cream or milk; dot with a few small dices of butter.
2 – Cover, to taste, with a few strips of dough and bake in a 400F oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Oct 03, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

Buttertart!! I figured you were! LOL

Oct 02, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

I followed a link here one day last week and found this variation on my usual recipe along with a photo. I reserved three of the figs and made some attractive slices for the second addition when the cake is partially baked.
Figs are a rarety/novelty here on Prince Edward Island Canada..I suspect it's because they don't travel well.
Cheers.
Helen

Oct 02, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2011, part 1 [OLD]

Just made Patricia Wells’ Winemaker’s Grape Cake"from her At Home in Provence cookbook.This cake is an annual treat for us when the grapes from our vine are ripe. I have also made it subbing fresh mission figs for the grapes and it is fantastic and beautiful, I might add.

Oct 02, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Home Cooking

Looking For Large Cans Of Tomitillos

Hi again Mamgu
Oops, sorry, I should have mentioned that they are at the Farmers Market Saturday mornings in Charlottetown.I have also remembered that the owner of the booth at the market is Pan Wendt and his spouse/ partner ( what ever is politically correct these days).I spend my winters in Mexico and have lots of interest in Mexican cooking. I will email you on your website a link to an interesting Mexican cooking site you may not have stumbled upon.

Aug 25, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

Looking For Large Cans Of Tomitillos

Hi Mamgu
Where on PEI are you? Would love to visit your Tea room since I love Texmex.
There is a young couple at the farmers market who will have tomatillos soon. I can't remember their names for the life of me but they sell knitted baby things, next to the woman who sells spices.
I have a few plants in my garden and have embryonic tomatillos on them now.

Aug 24, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

Newbie to Prince Edward Island - Where to Eat in Charlottetown

I will second the recommendation for The Dunes by Ingress. One of my fave places to eat on PEI and do make a reservation since they are still vey busy at this time of the year. CHef Emily has a nice touch, food will never disappoint.
Another new fave is Daniel Brennan Brickhouse on Sydney. Superb http://danielbrenanbrickhouse.com/
It has just occurred to me that my 2 fave chefs on PEi these days are women...coincidence?
I think not.

Aug 24, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

Best CHOWDER in Nova Scotia and PEI?

On PEI I had a superb bowl of chowder a few weeks ago at the Expo festival in Abram Village. This chowder was loaded with fish and shellfish including lobster. Thick, almost unctuous, very nice mouth feel, obviously made with real cream. Worth the drive.

Aug 24, 2011
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada

PEI: Best Dining?

Dined at The Pearl yesterday evening. All tables were full, always a good sign.
Service was attentive. Now for the best part. We both had the scrumptious seared scallops served with crispy Rosti potatoes and Zucchini finished in a bit of cream.Had an app of chicken terrine which was a bit mushy for my taste: The saving grace was that it was served with one of the best brioche's that I have tasted outside of France. All in all a great experience. reservations a necissity.

Jul 16, 2010
lovetocookPEI in Atlantic Canada