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poached egg croissant sandwich

24 Nov

Coffee, newspaper, egg sandwich.

All it takes to make a perfect Saturday morning.

ingredients

  • 1 croissant, halved and lightly toasted
  • lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 egg, poached
  • dijon mustard

preparation

Put all that together.  As a sandwich.

Sanagan’s Meat Locker : takeout counter + beautiful people

26 Sep

photo courtesy of postcity.com

When European Quality Meats left my Kensington market neighbourhood in favour of somewhere really far away that I will never go to (Etobicoke? maybe? I could probably look that up but… it’s just far) I felt a little betrayed.  They had been providing me with Meats of European Quality for so long, I didn’t know where to turn.

Sanagan’s moved into the space and they’re great; they offer high quality meats along with friendly and knowledgeable service.  They tend to be a little expensive for my poor ass but overall I’m glad that they’re there.

I’m particularly happy that they’ve carried on their predecessor’s tradition of having a takeout counter.  Instead of the former burgers, sausages and fries, however, theirs features rotisserie chicken, house made soups, sandwiches, salads and fries (still – of course).

sanagansmeatlocker.com

So far I’ve tried the rotisserie chicken – for $13 you get a whole perfectly seasoned chicken with crispy golden skin and tender meat – and the roast beef sandwich which, at $7, comes complete with pickled red onion, arugula, horseradish, and crispy parmigiano frico on a kaiser.

It’s some tasty.

Also of note: everyone on staff at Sanagan’s seems to be unreasonably attractive.  Go for that if nothing else.

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toasted tomato sandwich

5 Sep

Yeah, it’s just a toasted tomato sandwich.

When was the last time you had one?

I thought so.

Have a toasted tomato sandwich.

It’s a great thing.

(A special toasted tomato sandwich thank you goes out to John & Deb for fresh tomatoes and amazing spicy arugula from their garden.)

toasted tomato sandwich

ingredients

  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • mayonnaise
  • arugula and/or fresh basil
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted

preparation

Put all those things together, as a sandwich.

Porchetta & Co. : porchetta sandwich

13 Apr

Porchetta & Co.

825 Dundas St W Toronto

So they take pork shoulder.  They marinate it for a whole day.  They wrap it in prosciutto.  They wrap that in cured pork belly.  They cook it so the outside gets golden and crispy then slow roast it so it’s tender and juicy on the inside.  They carve it and put it on a soft, fresh, floury Portuguese bun with hot sauce and Kozliks’ mustard.

I can’t believe it took me so long to go get one of these!!

At $6.95 each, they’re not banh mi cheap but considering the love that goes into making that golden delicious pork it’s definitely worth it.

I got the basic porchetta with mustard and hot sauce but you have the option of adding toppings like parmesan, truffle sauce, mushrooms, rapini and more.

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french onion soup grilled cheese

12 Apr

It’s week two and sandwich two of National Grilled Cheese month.  In fact, this is National Grilled Cheese day, April 12th.  Lactose intolerant?  Not today.  Not today my friend.  It’s melted cheese time!

Since the best part of a bowl of french onion soup is obviously the gruyere crust I thought I would make a grilled cheese that’s more crust and less soup.

Makes 2 servings (4 small sandwiches)

$4.85 per 2 servings

french onion soup grilled cheese

ingredients

  • 1/2 a large spanish onion, halved & thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 baguette
  • 100g gruyere cheese

preparation

To caramelize the onions, heat butter in a pan over medium heat.  Add thinly sliced onions and sautee until soft and translucent – 2 minutes.  Add sugar and continue to cook until the onions are a deep caramel colour – about 10 to 15 minutes.

Cut 8 thin diagonal slices from the baguette.  Lay sliced gruyere on one side of each piece of bread.  Toast until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Add caramelized onion and press the cheese sides together.

Serve with sauteed mushroom salad.

frittata with fennel + herbes de provence

1 Apr

Who doesn’t love brunch?  Curmudgeons and people who don’t have any friends to have brunch with.

You aren’t one of these unfortunate souls are you?  Of course not.

Invite some friends over and make this rather impressive brunch with very little effort and, as usual, very little money too.

Makes 4 servings

$4.75 per 2 servings

frittata with fennel & herbes de provence

ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp herbes de provence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes
  • 100g goat cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 slices of toast

sliced fennel

preparation

Whisk together eggs, milk, herbes de provence, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack positioned in the middle.

Cut the top off of the fennel bulb, then cut the bulb in half.  Cut each half crosswise into thin slices.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half.

Heat oilve oil over medium-high heat in a heavy, ovenproof skillet.  Add sliced fennel and cook until it begins to soften – about 2 minutes.  Add garlic and continue to cook until fennel is soft and somewhat translucent – another 2 to 3 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium and add spinach, one handful at a time, and stir until wilted – 30 seconds.

Whisk the egg mixture to distribute herbs evenly throughout and pour over the vegetables in the skillet.  Distribute cherry tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese evenly over the top.

Let the frittata cook on the stove for 4 to 5 minutes then transfer to the oven for 10 minutes.  Switch oven to broil until the top starts to bubble – 1 minute.

Top each piece of toast with a quarter of an avocado cut into thin slices and rest a piece of frittata on top.

Ba Le : banh mi

26 Mar

Ba Le

538 Dundas St W, Toronto

Once upon a time, the French took over Vietnam and a delicious sandwich was born.

The end.

Go and order yourself a barbeque pork banh mi.  It’s delicious and filling and it costs $2.90!

From the Vietnamese you get the barbeque pork, lightly pickled shredded carrot and daikon and fresh cilantro.  From the French, garlicky mayonnaise and a fresh crusty baguette.

a kind of gross photo of my companion's partly eaten sandwich... you're welcome!

For a filling lunch that costs less than getting on a streetcar, it’s hard to beat.


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