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35 Epic Montreal Sandwiches to Eat Before You Die.

The chefs at Cuisinox have embarked on a quest to try the 35 epic sandwiches “to eat before you die”, as per the link below. http://montreal.eater.com/archives/2014/02/10/35-epic-montreal-sandwiches-to-eat-before-you-die.php Our group consists of the Vegan, the Nutritionist, the Chef, and the Foodie. The consensus was to try one sandwich per week and approach in the original order it listed. This may be problematic due to the ingredients in some sandwiches and the eating habits of some members. Eg: lambs brains. Therefore, we may have to skip a few of the less desirable locations. We will report on each and every location as we continue our quest to find the very best sandwich you MUST try before you die.

The chalk board with daily specials.

The chalk board with daily specials.

We started at La Bête à pain, 114 Fleury Ouest. This is a small bakery adjacent to a dining room where one can sit and sample some sweets, a coffee, or a sandwich. The room is comfortable with banquettes throughout. It has an open kitchen separated by the dining area. The counter displays fresh sandwiched and quiches. The chalkboard lists the daily specials. We started with Mimosa’s, a great menu choice, they did not skimp on the champagne. We were also offered a platter of fresh homemade bread with a salty butter, both were outstanding. As we approached the counter and read the chalk board menu, we realized that the famous “Muffuletta” sandwich was not available. Each member opted for a different selection but there was not much choice. The Vegan chose the Shredded Carrot Salad. The Nutriionist chose the Croque Monsieur. The Foodie and the Chef both opted for the famous Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a side of Fig Compote. This was by far the best choice with it’s creamy brie, provolone, and gruyere. The Croque Monsieur was average and lack pizzaz. The Carrot Salad was very filling and hearty.

Freshly baked bread.

Freshly baked bread.

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Mimosa’s a great start.

The exquisite grilled cheese sandwich.

The exquisite grilled cheese sandwich.

 

Ham Croque monsieur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reservations are not accepted. You need to wait in line with the takeout customers and prepay your food before taking your seat. Overall, the service was very friendly and efficient. They serve queues of customers, and they never stop smiling. You don’t need to wait for your order, the staff will bring it to your table. Stay tuned for our next culinary stop….to be revealed.

 

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Stove Top Espresso Maker

Aluminum or Stainless Steel?

 

The traditional material for stove top espresso maker is aluminum. But there are also many stainless steel models available. Which one is better? Well, let me provide some useful info and then you can decide for yourself.

Stainless steel stove top espresso pot is definitely easier to maintain since you do not need to worry about corrosion. Aluminum pots are lighter, so that’s a plus if you use it while traveling. The aluminum pots also tend to heat up the water faster.

Are you worried about using aluminum pot because you consider it a health hazard? This worry can be minimized by taking a good care of your espresso pot (see the tips below).

When the aluminum pot is used, the coffee oils create a thin layer on the inside of the pot. This layer should not be washed away. It actually prevents the contact of coffee with the aluminum next time when you use the pot.

Some people claim that the coffee made in aluminum pot tastes better than the one made in stainless steel. The layer of coffee oil that accumulates in the pot adds a distinct flavor to the brewed coffee. So, the longer the pot is in use the better the coffee becomes.

Tips for maintaining aluminum stove top espresso makers

  • When you buy a new Moka pot you should throw the first two or three batches of coffee away. To season the new pot well it’s best if you leave the brewed coffee in it for one whole day before you discard it.
  • Wash the Moka pot by hand with plain water. Do not use any detergents and do not scrub it.
  • Dry the parts with soft cloth. Aluminum will corrode if you leave it wet for prolonged periods of time.
  • Do not store the Moka pot assembled. The reason? If some water gets trapped in the filter and you keep the pot assembled, then the moisture has nowhere to escape and it may cause corrosion.
  • When you leave your Moka pot unused for a long time, the oily layer may become rancid. If that happens just put in water with a bit of detergent and boil it on the stove top for a while. Then wash it thoroughly. This should remove the rancid oils.
 

The Cooking Order

Cuisinox Gourmet 7pc SetThe Cooking Order

The cooking order matters: For example, sliced carrots and celery take 6 times longer to cook than sliced mushrooms and zucchini.

Sometimes food organization and preparation is a must, especially when it comes to vegetable and stir-fry dishes.

Once the cooking begins everything goes into the pan in rapid succession so you must first assemble all the ingredients, including the spices, liquid and the utensils you’re going to use. Meats should be dried with paper towels, cut to size with the excess fat removed, and seasoned. Vegetables should be room temperature, washed, peeled, cored and cut to size as well. Sliced or diced, the choice is yours, though it’s best to size everything proportionally.

Also, before you begin the browning, greening and tossing, cook any starchy food you will be using, such as rice, pasta, risotto, potatoes or couscous. This aside will keep warm until you’re ready to add it to your meat and veggies, or to your plate.

Once your food is at the ready, have your olive oiler at hand and light the fire under your best stainless steel pan. If you’re using meat ~brown and cook it almost all the way through, then remove it from the pan to a covered bowl and set it aside. A dash more oil and in goes the hardest vegetable to cook, followed by the next hardest several minutes later, shortening the time between each additional veggie. Most stir-fries use 1 choice of meat and 4 veggies. Again the choice is yours. Simply put everything together at the end and heat through with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in 1 cup of broth, stirring for 3 minutes..

An example of hard to cook veggies are carrots, celery, rutabaga, parsnips, potatoes, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes. Though I wouldn’t like to see a parsnip in my stir-fry, the cooking order applies across the board for steaming, pan cooking, oven roasting, barbecuing and pressure cooking. An example of the next in line would be onions, bell peppers, corn, broccoli and brussel sprouts. The next group would include asparagus, snow peas, zucchini and mushrooms, and the lightest cooking would go to the green onions and bean sprouts.

Happy Cooking!

 

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Feng Shui for the Kitchen

Have something living on display in your kitchen. A bowl of fresh fruit implies care of your family. A small pot of flowers or of herbs works too.

Get rid of clutter. Clutter contributes to financial collapse and cash flow problems. Get organized!

Don’t hang knives or scissors on the wall. Store knives in a block and your scissors in a drawer. Anxiety and conflict is present if you show the cutting edges of these tools.

Keep a bowl of 9 oranges on display in your kitchen. 9 is the Feng Shui power number and oranges bring good luck. Make sure your oranges don’t spoil. Bad fruit is bad Feng Shui.

Throw out plates that have been chipped. Using chipped plates attracts stagnant chi energy.

Keep brooms and mops out of sight. Store them upside down with the business ends of them up in the air. The reason is so that intruders are kept out and the family finances are not swept away.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Entertaining, Feng Shui, Home & Garden, Lifestyle

 

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Food Is Important; People Are More Important


When entertaining, don’t forget to have fun: Engage your fellow diners, and enjoy the delightful community of dining in a warm, hospitable environment. When you do, the food and the manners will take care of themselves. (www.emilypost.com)

 

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For the Love of Cooking!

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There is lots more to come…

 

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