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What is the best place for...

The scones I had at The Sparrow were much better. IMHO

Jan 13, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

A cup of tea, lots and lots of soda water. A small bowl of steel cut porridge with no milk or sugar.
Music is a selection of Mersey beat music.

Jan 13, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

La banquise
Mas Cuisine
Joe Beef
Villa Verdun (Peruvian)

Jan 12, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

In need of a downtown Montreal brekkie spot

I was pre occupied this morning. Yes, I meant the Sparrow. My bad.

Jan 12, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

In need of a downtown Montreal brekkie spot

Is this a weekday or weekend event?

Though not downtown, my two favorite places for breakfast are The Swallow on St Laurant for weekend brunch. Or La Banquise on Racel bt Lafontaine Park any day of the week.

Jan 11, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

This morning I have to be up early. I'm having a cup of tea and a slice of dry toast. Now I'm off.

Jan 11, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Montreal guys night out

For jazz there is the Upstairs Downstairs around the corner on Bishop. Not bad food, good drinks and nice music.

Jan 11, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

While cooking I changed my quesadilla a bit. I added some Montreal Smoked Meat to it.

Jan 10, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

This morning it is a tortilla on the grill with some left over cheese and a little salsa. A bowl of steel cut porridge. Apple juice and tea. To finish I'm making some beignets aux pommes to go with my second or third mug of tea and a good book.

Music today is Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

Jan 10, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Cocoa Locale cakes?

I just called the shop and it's closed until Feb 9th according to the voice message.

Jan 09, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Crowsnest Pass

Thanks Sarah, but I'm looking at the communities in the pass, not in BC.

Jan 09, 2010
bigfellow in Prairie Provinces

Braai Time

yup, Afrikaans but used by everyone there.

Jan 09, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

Braai Time

Lekker = Good South African slang
Boerewors= direct translation is a farmers sausage. It's a sausage that is very popular in South Africa and it is a fixture at Braai's.
Caribou to me tastes like a cross between beef and venison. But it does get flavoured by the marinade. It is very lean.

To understand a braai please watch the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq2SOm...

Jan 09, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

A strong cup of tea, a bowl of cheerios and a croissant.

I think that I might have brunch later.

Jan 09, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Braai Time

I had 4 friends over for a cold weather braai tonight. Instaed of the traditional boerewors we went a different route.
We grilled a couple of small caribou roasts along with kababs of mushrooms and onions. Potatoes were baked and veg grilled. For veg we went with baby bok choy, tomato halves, asparagus and carrot chunks. We marinated the caribou in a maple syrup/juniper berry concoction that we later made a reduction out of for a sauce.
For a sweet we grilled assorted fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, oranges and apples with cinnamon).
We also killed more than a few bottles of wine.

Music was by motown.

It was lekker. But cooking was cold cooking.

Jan 08, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

Braai Time

I live in Montreal now and it is supposed to be -24 C (-11 F) by tomorrow morning. Today it is -8C (17F) plus windchill. Being the perverse B*stard that I am. I'm thinking that it is time to get some friends over late this afternoon and have a braai in the dark. We can eat inside.

Any suggestions for a cold weather braai?

The photo is of my last cold weather braai.

Jan 08, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

Irish if you don't mind. lol

Farls are also called potato scones. It is a Northern Irish thing. It is a crass between an unleavened bread and a mashed potato pancake. It's fried up and cut into 1/4s. You can even buy them pre cut ready to warm up at Mark's and Spencers.

Jan 08, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

This morning it is bacon & eggs with toast and peanut butter. I started with granola and yogurt. Orange juice and tea.

The music was by Cat Stevens and Fleetwood Mac.

Jan 08, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

What are you making right now?

It is a prep day for me. I'm baking bread, pain fesse. I'm also making corn bread. I'm putting down 85lbs of brisket in a vat to make corned beef. I've got 15lbs of duck legs to make confit with. And lastly, I'm making spring rolls to freeze.
This is what happens when you empty the larder over the holidays. Now, where is my hot chocolate?

Jan 07, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

I am famished this morning. So I'm eating big.
There is a small steak on the grill, some double smoked wild boar bacon and some black pudding on the griddle, and sausages in the oven. I'm also making a smoked meat omlette, but only with 2 eggs. There are also some potato farls on the griddle.
A large pot of tea, and a glass of pineapple juice compete the breakfast feast.

Music is courtesy of David Bowie, Queen and Mott the Hoople. A little bit of Glam Rock.

Jan 07, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

What are your Late Night Snacks?

I had a light supper tonight and am hungry. I'm having a toasted peanut butter sandwich and a couple of fresh chocolate chunk cookies with a glass of milk.

Jan 06, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

What are you making right now?

Baking chocolate chunk cookies and making ice cream. Pistachio and chocolate ripple flavours.

Ice cream sandwiches tonight!

Jan 06, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

This morning I'm listening to the late great Warren Zevon while I'm making corned beef hash with poached eggs. I add diced onion, red and green peppers to add to the taste and colour. The juice is passion fruit. No bread or toast. A lerge pot of Barry's tea, the Corkmans choice!

A really good corned beef hash not only fills me up and keeps me warm on a cold winter day. But it gives me the feeling of comfort and security in my life. The joys of comfort food!

Jan 06, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Quality Baking Chocolate

Slightly off topic, but a very good article on a chocolatiers in the townships and their new take on dark chocolate.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/T...

Jan 05, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What are you making right now?

Just finished my biltong. It's not bad at all!

Jan 05, 2010
bigfellow in Home Cooking

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

This morning the city is digging out after a bit of a snowfall. I'm having corn flakes and milk, apple juice and a chocolatine. Tea and an orange complete my breakfast today.

Music is a wake up mix from the '50's, '60's and '70's.

Jan 05, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

What are your Late Night Snacks?

I tend to do a lot of admin work very late at night. I tend to get a little peckish when I do so. Tonight I had a bowl of cheerios and a grilled Cheddar, beef and onion sandwich. Last night it was a chip butty.

What are your Late Night Snacks?

Jan 04, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

Favorite butcher at Atwater

If you know how to cook it then it does become a little piece of heaven. It is called Bavette because that is French and it is a French cut of meat. Most of the people here in Montreal are French. So I don't know about fancy sounding.

Jan 04, 2010
bigfellow in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

It is a wee bit cold here today. I'm having granola with yogurt, pancakes with maple syrup (I am in Quebec after all) and sausages. Passion Fruit juice and Ovaltine to drink. A tangerine to leave with.

Music is mix of Billie Holiday, Bobby Darin and early Beatles.

Jan 04, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board

Well, I am playing celtic music today, the Three Irish tenors, the Chieftains, and Luke Kelly.
For a late breakfast (I slept in), I started with porridge of steel cut oats, a glass of apple juice and many mugs of tea.
Now for a walk in the snow.

Jan 03, 2010
bigfellow in General Topics