Archive for the ‘dinner’ Category

A visit to McEwan Grocery

We visited McEwan’s Grocery in May, the store is gorgeous the produce is amazing and everything is immaculate and is priced accordingly, not for the cost conscious.

First the money shot:


And the two winners that were selected…


Worth every penny!

Cooking Hard Boiled Quail Eggs

Although I posted the definitive guide on chicken eggs, your mileage will vary greatly with quail eggs, so here are a couple of good references:

Update: After following the directions on un-shelling the hard boiled eggs, I would avoid the towel method and simply use the back of a paring knife to crack the shell and use the tip to pierce the membrane and then simply start peeling.

Little Neck Clams with St. Jacobs tomato sauce and Linguine

Steamed Little Neck clams in St. Jacobs tomato sauce and served with whole wheat linguine noodles.


Eggs Benedict

This is about as weird and great as it gets, Wagyu striploin grilled. The stack unfolds like this, potato rosti, vine ripened tomatoes, sliced Wagyu, poached quail eggs, red wine and caramelized onion sauce.

Brined Pork Chops

This is a glorious way to eat pork chops, very tasty, tender and juicy. The important thing is to not over brine them, so salt concentration and timing is everything. The chops are grilled and as you see the grill lines really stand out on the chops, the chops were finished with a mustard/maple syrup sauce and sDSCN4534-29-Dec-2007erved with broccolini and couscous with grilled peppers.

Pasta E Fagioli

This is a kicked up version of the dish, which is made from the left over braising liquid from osso buco, I also like the addition of fennel, and you can see the fennel fronds used as garnish.


Osso Buco

Milk fed veal shanks braised in a tomato based sauce, an Italian classic, served with saffron risotto, on top of the shank is a braised chipollini onion. For an appetizer we had endive with smoked salmon tartar, and roasted baby golden beats with reduced balsamic vinegar.

Roast pork tenderloin

Roast pork tenderloin with a mushroom and baby golden beat sauce, with boiled carrots and mashed potatoes.

Roast pork tenderloin

Roast pork tenderloin

Veal pinwheels in consommé

Sheets of fresh made pasta rolled with a veal mixture, par-cooked, sliced and then gently fried. Served with veal consommé and fine dice of carrots, celery and red bell pepper, with parsley. A very good way to start a meal.

Veal pinwheel soup

Veal pinwheel soup

Home made Ravioli in a cream tomato sauce

The title says it all, served with garlic bread.

Home made ravioli

Home made ravioli