Monday, 21 April 2014

Godley & Creme

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On the corner of Sherbrooke and St Urbain, you will find tucked in a small corner a Fantastic little Gem.  I had the most delicious sandwich, a roasted chicken with smokey chipolte peppers, fresh guacamole and white cheddar. It also had tomatoes, lettuce and sauteed mushrooms but the piece de resistance was the warm, home made focaccia bread. It was served with chick peas that had been baked with the chicken and smokey peppers -yum. I love, love, love good quality, freshly made food and this is just that!.

The atmosphere is comfortable with the exposed stone/ brick walls and mason jars for glasses. The food was great, the service was extremely pleasant  and the prices can not be beat. Check this place out, you will be happy you did!

5 mmm's out of 5


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Quinoa

Most people have enough trouble pronouncing quinoa (it’s KEEN-wah, btw) let alone cooking it. Now that you know how to say it, preparing it can still be tricky (at least one of the folks on staff here had trouble with this super-healthy seed from South America). So we talked to our Test Kitchen team to find out what we were doing wrong.
1. Thinking It’s a Grain
The first mistake people make is thinking that quinoa is a grain. It’s actually the seed of a grain-like crop closely related to beets. Maybe this isn’t a “cooking tip” – but you should always know what you’re eating.
2. Skipping the Rinse
Rinse it well! There is a bitter coating on the tiny seed that needs to be rinsed away; if you don’t do it, it’s going to taste wrong. And when you rinse it, use a fine-mesh strainer. You don’t want those tiny seeds to disappear down the drain!
3. Overcooking It
Nobody likes mushy quinoa! Here’s the way to do it: Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
4. Forgetting to Drain It
Quinoa holds lots of water, so you have to make sure you drain it thoroughly after it’s cooked. Otherwise, it will make your whole dish watery. And don’t forget to use that fine-mesh strainer again!
5. Not Letting it Rest
Return the quinoa to the pan after you drain it, then cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Letting the quinoa rest in the hot saucepan after boiling/cooking dries it out, so you don’t end up with clumpy/wet quinoa. It’s light and fluffy!–Kay Chun, Hunter Lewis, and Janet McCracken
Bonus Tip! Try making quinoa as you would risotto. Saute some onions in olive oil, then add quinoa (rinsed!) and toss to coat with oil. Begin adding warm liquid a bit at time, stirring frequently, until it’s creamy and cooked through.–Mary Frances Heck

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sel et Caramel

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Perfectly located by a butcher and in the summer a fruit and veggie market.  Sel et Caramel is a regular stop for me, it has my husbands favorite bread, weekly we stop by to pick up a loaf. In addition to a nice selection of bread it also carries a variety of cheese, some of them local.
Samples are offered - love it!

There are pastries to choose from and a freezer with a collection of goodies to take home. With an assortment of oils, vinegars and dried pastas available to purchase, it is next to impossible to leave empty handed.

Since I have only tasted the bread and cheese, this review is for them.  3 3/4 mmm's out of 5

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Carambola - revisit post

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Lunch time is packed at Carambola and with good reason:  Consistently Great Food! The lunch menu changes regularly and Chef Scott is very aware of the ever changing needs of local foodies. Gluten free and calorie conscious alike will find choices on his menu with his unique recipes - taste never suffers.

I had a extremely flavorful chicken and sun dried tomato quinoa that had been prepared with a homemade chicken broth. Large pieces of chicken were present throughout the quinoa and the combined flavours were fantastic and uniquely Carambola. Presented so beautifully, like a piece of art. The quinoa was shaped and mounded high with crisp vegetables and tiny flowers adorning the top and a balsamic reduction swirl outlying the plate's edge. A feast for the senses, I savored every delicious morsel!

5 mmm's out of 5


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Homemade Hummus



 

It`s one of those things that is so easy to make yet we all just buy it! Do your self a favor and make a batch  - It`s Delicious!! First buy a can of Chick peas (garbanzo beans) forget about peeling them - a lot of work and not a big difference.

1 can of chick peas
2 cloves of crushed garlic
olive oil
salt and pepper
optional :smoked paprika, tahini ( sesame paste) lemon juice, parsley

Strain chickpeas and place in blender or food processor, give it a spin, add garlic, salt & pepper and enough olive oil to get the desired consistantcy. Now taste - it`s all a matter of taste, do you want more salt and pepper? Is it smooth enough? I like my chunky but if you don't add more olive oil. The sesame paste adds an additional flavour and now is the time to decide should I buy that for my next batch? Maybe some lemon juice? Fresh parsley...the list of ingredients can be endless.
If you are happy with the taste, spoon it in to a small dish  and swirl olive oil on top with a dash of paprika. Enjoy with pita, crackers or cut up veggies.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Red's kitchen and tavern, Peabody, Mass

Red's Kitchen and Tavern on Urbanspoon

I visited Red's kitchen and tavern over the weekend and this place is packed at lunch time! Let me say it is very inexpensive (10 of us ate for $95) so I get the crowds. If there are more than 2 in your party a reservation would not hurt but I am not sure if that is an option.

 Some of us loved our meals and others - not so much. I was in the first group and had tasty steak tips, rice and veggies. They were nicely prepared, perfectly cooked and looked great. The portions were very large - which was great, if you liked your order.

I think a Huge menu always opens the door for mixed reviews.  3 mmm's out of 5

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Boulangerie Chez Fred


Boulangerie Chez Fred on Urbanspoon

Have you ever had a croissant that has left you saying "Man, that was so good" for hours after eating it?  Well, have one from Chez Fred and you will!

Golden brown, hand rolled and so buttery that they melt in your mouth. There is something about food made with passion, you can taste the love in each wonderful bite.

I first learned about Bouangerie Chez Freds in the Urban expressions magazine, fall 2013. A Paris lawyer turned baker caught my attention, the story is worth reading and his bakery is worth visiting.

One of the best croissant I have had on this side of the pond.  5 mmm's out of 5

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