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Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

Thanks pearl3! Just got the fresh sauerkraut from Super Kolbassa next to Benna's. Really VERY good, and as close as possible to the Latvian kind I wanted to find in Toronto. Not as salty as sweeter! Refreshing. Thanks for the tiop!

Mar 16, 2014
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

Sounds delicious! Although a stewed traditional sauerkraut would be really nice too with yellow potatoes (boiled or fried). A good sausage likes a stewed and caramelized sauerkraut. When can I come over? ;-)

Mar 11, 2014
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

JUST got back from a weekend in Sudbury. Hope there is still some left!
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Mar 09, 2014
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

Thanks PoppiYYZ!
Sounds like a great weekend project! I think the one I was looking had a bit of sugar added, but that is easily solved. Will have to look for a recipe from Latvia, and if I find it I will translate and post here.

Mar 09, 2014
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Breakfast/Brunch during the week?

Bloordale Pantry is now Whipoorwill, but haven't been there yet for brunch. However, they are great for dinner. Loved the apps and burger!

Jan 04, 2014
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Marrowfat peas with streaky bacon (Pelēkie zirņi)

My pleasure. Please post what you thought of them afterward!

Nov 26, 2013
ilinda in Home Cooking

Marrowfat peas anyone?

BTW, the Holland Store did have them canned, but we always c cook them from dried, so that's why I didn't feel like the order had come in. But if you want to try them, I suppose the canned might do. We just bought a can to see what we think but haven't tried it yet. Not sure if the texture will be as good as from dried. We'll see.

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in General Topics

ISO bulk Marrowfat peas.

OK PoppiYYZ, I've posted the Latvian marrowfat pea recipe in Home Cooking.

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Marrowfat peas with streaky bacon (Pelēkie zirņi)

Someone on another board asked me to post this recipe for an Latvian Christmas dish made with marrowfat peas, unusual large brown-grey peas also enjoyed by the Dutch.

1 kg marrowfat peas
Salt

200 g streaky bacon, chopped into 1-cm dice
1 onion, peeled and chopped into 1-cm dice
Freshly ground pepper
Salt

Wash peas and leave to soak in cold water overnight.
Drain peas. Put into pot and cover with fresh cold water. Boil peas until soft, adding salt only few minutes before peas are ready.
In meantime, saute bacon and onion together in pan over medium-high heat to render fat and make bacon a little crispy. Add pepper and additional salt to taste. Reserve and keep warm.
When soft, drain cooked peas. While they are still warm put a few spoonfuls of peas into individual bowls and spoon over bacon and onion mixture together with a good serving of the bacon fat. The bacon fat is essential to balance the somewhat floury texture of the large peas.
Very filling, so serve in small portions. Traditionally served as part of a Christmas or New Year's feast that might have black pudding and hunter sausages, and other traditional foods like pīrāgi (bacon rolls - yes, we like our bacon). Often eaten with a spoon and large glass of kefir or buttermilk.

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in Home Cooking

Anybody seen tinned sprats around the GTA?

Of course, you can always get them and a selection of brands and quality priced accordingly at Starsky's:

http://www.starskycanada.com/aboutus.php

You can get just about any good northern seafood product there.

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anybody seen tinned sprats around the GTA?

Too good for cats!! :-)

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO bulk Marrowfat peas.

I love your posts PoppiYYZ. You are so knowledgeable. You turned me on to Bintjes potatoes.

Nov 25, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO bulk Marrowfat peas.

I really am wondering if these peas have a doppelganger, because these brown peas are usually much larger than a regular pea and brown. In Toronto I buy them dry by the package at the Holland Store (2542 Weston Rd), as Dutch people also really enjoy them and import them. However, I just checked today and their order isn't in yet.
We Latvians eat them for Christmas in a bacon and onion sauce. You can't eat a lot as they are very filling, but they have a very specific earthy flavour.

Nov 21, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO bulk Marrowfat peas.

I think you are making a mistake here. Marrowfat peas are not the same as green split peas. They have a brown to grey skin and they are larger. We call them "pelekie zirni" in Latvian and they are a very specific texture and taste.

Nov 21, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Marrowfat peas anyone?

I am Latvian and my people are crazy about them. We call them "pelekie zirni" or grey peas. We usually try to buy them in Dutch stores here in Toronto. Was just looking for them yesterday, where you can usually get them at the Holland Store, but apparently the order has still not come in.
We like to eat them mostly in winter just boiled in salt water by the handful, or at Christmas smothered in a generous helping of finely chopped and fried bacon (or speck "spekis") and onions. The warm fat with the nuggets of bacon and onion give the peas a real something more.

Nov 21, 2013
ilinda in General Topics

Best Crabs in Annapolis

BTW, was just in Annapolis one month ago in October 2013. We ate crabs in two places.

Mike's Restaurant & Crab House
3030 Riva Rd, Riva, MD

Buddy's Crabs & Ribs
100 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Mike's was not near the main drag, was a bit outside town but also on a lovely bay and was amazing. Lots of locals and top notch. They tasted made to order in goold Old Bay and came with a free salad bar.
Buddy's had a beautiful view of the harbor but it couldn't begin to compare to Mike's quality. The crabs tasted like they had been pre-cooked and were covered in dry Old Bay that we had to shake off the rubbery beasts.

Nov 21, 2013
ilinda in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Crabs in Annapolis

Better and better!

Jul 18, 2013
ilinda in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get northern European potato varieties in Toronto?

Thanks, I do have my seed potatoes planted in pretty clay-like soil enriched with sand. Apparently there has been over 50% success with sprouting, but the soil isn't ideal. We'll see.

Jul 14, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

BTW, in the end the closest I could find was a sauerkraut from Starsky's which I believed is called "Healthy". It has the freshest texture and is not over-salted. I add a little sugar and get close but not quite. But not bad.
Thanks for everyone's help!

Jul 14, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

BTW, in the end I went to T&T, and had a very helpful employee take me to both the dried version and the fresh version in the freezer. I chose fresh-frozen and the sheets were large and plentiful, had lots left over, enough for at least triple or quadruple the recipe.
The mock duck turned out great as well and my guests were impressed. The texture was very meat-like. If anyone is interested here is the recipe for Bryanna’s Buddha’s Roast Duck: http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.ca/...

Jul 14, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to get northern European potato varieties in Toronto?

Sorry, no idea.

Jul 14, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Crabs in Annapolis

Can you just let me when crab season is? We will be there the second week of October...

Jul 13, 2013
ilinda in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get northern European potato varieties in Toronto?

My problem is that I wanted a variety like Laimdota or Vita from Latvia, but was realistic in not being able to get it here. SO, I had to settle for something similar: yellow-fleshed, waxy and firm, earthier flavour. I know that potatoes in Germany were good too in a similar fashion so I went for these same characteristics but Dutch.
This was my own VERY scientific method!! ;-)

Jun 12, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

Well, not at PAT. Two shopkeepers and a long slow walk through the store could not uncover it. On to T&T tomorrow.

Jun 12, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

Thanks a tonne for this info. Very helpful!!!!

Jun 11, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

GrahamChubb, did you buy fresh or dried?

Jun 11, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

Thanks for this info. Not so industrious as hosting a party that day, vegetarian dishes only. Probably won't have time while setting up and making my dish, mock duck. But sounds like a fun project another day.

Jun 11, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

Good point! Thinking vegetarian, i thought they would have it. Will go to PAT and/or T&T today.

Jun 11, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to get northern European potato varieties in Toronto?

Sure, I shopped in London at:
Van Horik's
http://www.vanhorikgreenhouses.com/pr...
They had two varieties that sounded like they would meet my description:

Bintjes - Netherlands (kindly recommended above by prima with the store)
http://www.europotato.org/display_des...
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/po...

Sieglinde - Austria
http://www.europotato.org/display_des...

I picked the Bintjes due to price (they were a little cheaper), and because prima had grown and recommended them, so I thought they might have a better chance of growing heartily in this climate in whatever soil I had. This was my first attempt, so I was aiming for initial success. If it works out, then I'll try the other variety another year.

If you want to get to know some Swedish potato varieties, try searching with the Advanced Search and Country of Origin in the European Potato Database:
http://www.europotato.org/search.php

Thanks for the recommendation on the Yellow Finn, will have to give them a go.

Jun 11, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

OK, thanks for that clarification. I'll give it a try!

Jun 10, 2013
ilinda in Ontario (inc. Toronto)