2017 June #3

I went to Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Kensington Market to get some beef cheeks (face cheeks, not butt cheeks), but they didn’t have any fresh ones at the shop. Beef cheeks are fair cheap cuts of meat, sold at $4.99/lb. It’s cheap because it has a lot of connective tissue, which means it needs a long cooking time, or else it will be very tough to chew. This makes it ideal for slow cooking and pressure cooking, because that will render the connective tissue collagen right into gelatin, giving it very nice body.

But like I said, they sold out of it, so I settled for the $7.49 brisket. It’s similar in terms of connective tissue, and is also relatively cheap.

Also picked up a pineapple. Looked really ripe. The way I’m picking pineapples now is to look for ones that have many many small leaves on top. It tells me that it’s been on the tree for a long time because it has many leaves. The leaves are also small, which means that the fruit hasn’t been watered down with heavy rainfall.

Well, I retrospect, it was kind of sour. I’m sure relative to other pineapples at this time of year, it was a good selection… Right? Right?

I ended up roasting them in the oven to inactivate the bromelain. My taste buds were numb when I ate it raw. Roasting made it sweeter and didn’t destroy my tongue when I ate it.

The brisket was so dry, that even after 90 minutes of pressure cooking, it was still so fibrous… Never buying it again.

I made it using high pressure and flavoured with BBQ sauce. It was just dense and dry… I’ll need to try another cut next time.

And for some vegetables, Brussels sprouts and mushroom stir fry.

While at Marshall’s, we spotted a three-legged wooden coffee table.it was pricey at $129.99. It looked so good… It was nice solid wood and was sturdy. The height was perfect for putting dishes or cups on it while we sit on the carpet, and also doubled as a foot rest!

We ended up lugging it home.

For dinner, we cooked the meatballs again, but instead of pasta sauce, we bought tomato passata instead, as recommended by Nagi’s blog, Recipe Tin Eats.

The Longo’s brand tomato passata lacked… body. It was sour but not enough tomato taste. We’ll try adding tomato paste to it next time.

Definitely not as salty as the pre-made sauce, which is good. But also not enough herb flavour. We’ll need to get some fresh parsley next time.

Friday

I tried to make this chili shrimp pasta for lunch.

It was okay,  but once again, lacked flavour from spices and herbs. I added the garlic a little too late, so the shrimp didn’t absorb that flavour. I’ll need to time that better.

The tomato passata was also too watery this time. Really need to combine it with tomato paste…

It turned out okay. Needs to be better next time.

For dinner we went to Buk Chang Soon Tofu. It was fairly mediocre because of stingy serving of appetizers (4 mini plates shared by 3 people, not refilled) and the tofu had very little flavour.

I offered item #1 on the menu, which was the assorted. It had tofu with one shrimp, one mussel, and beef. I picked mild spiciness, but should have picked medium. Not just because it wasn’t very spicy, but because the tofu soup had no other flavour beside spiciness…

Serena picked the dumpling tofu soup, which she didn’t like the dumplings.

My classmate picked the seafood tofu, which had 3-4 pieces of shrimp. He picked not spicy, and go didn’t have much taste.

Afterwards, we went to the Poop Cafe across the street. They feature toilet and poop-themed menu and interior decor.

We had a bubble waffle with ice cream.

My classmate had the Thai ice cream, served in a bathtub.

Saturday was Canada day! I have never seen this many pedestrians and vehicles! Even the Loblaws was so full of shoppers…

We toured around city hall and got a hotdog. There wasn’t too much yet, so we ate and rode to Steam Whistle Railroad museum. There were tons of people, because in addition to Canada Day, there was also a baseball game at the Roger Centre.

We went down to HTO Park to squeeze in a shot of the $120,000 dubber duck.

There were a lot of food stands, but even then, there were even more customers, so the line-ups were 10-15 minutes long.

We order another bubble waffle. Hmm, we had one just a few days ago, didn’t we? Taro and Mango ice cream. It was quite nice.

Serena wanted some, but they sold out of the blackened stinky tofu. Phew.

As it started raining, we went to Loblaws then cooked. Almost every cash register was open, and the lines were still about 15 minutes long each.

We grilled some steak.

And roasted some vegetables (tasted very sweet)! To be honest, we overcooked, and couldn’t finish.

The next morning, we had brunch at Eggspectations. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a seat, and for good reason.

High-Rise Pancakes ($13.95). It’s normally stacked, but the server asked for the pancakes to be separated for us, so the sweet and the salty don’t mix.

The pancakes had the chocolate chips on the outside. It was actually quite good, and we ate it all.

I ordered the teriyaki salmon ($18.95), which was quite well done. I ate the salmon and the salad, whereas the whole grain pilaf was dry and hard to chew.

It was a good meal, and we wouldn’t mind going back again.