BACON

I think it’s time everyone should know about my intense love for Bacon. This beautiful cut of meat is just too hard to resist due to the fact that it’s jammed packed with some of the most intense, delicious flavours known to man. It’s fatty drippings are a welcome addition to almost anything added into the pan and in my opinion, bacon should be included in every meal! Just kidding, but it’s just so darn good!

IMG_0508Photo Credit to Sebastien Bélanger-King.

I prefer a thick cut of bacon so that it can withstand the oven or, when cooked in a skillet, the high searing temperatures. My absolute favorite place to buy bacon is at the Atwater Market located in the St. Henri district of Montreal. The butchers store is called Boucherie de Tours and it is located inside the building, close to the Premiere Moisson. They have the best bacon I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. You can chose how many strips you’d like to take home and their bacon is of a very reasonable price. This butcher also has a vast selection of beef, veal, lamb, chicken, and other specialty meats. I highly suggest that everyone should experience these delicious products at least once in their lifetime. This particular batch was cooked up in a cast iron and added into bacon pancakes!

Classy Caprese Salad

One of my very favourite salads contains only three delicious ingredients: the caprese salad. It is so simple and fast to whip up but packs a big punch of flavour. About a year back I discovered a way to prepare and present this salad in a classy manner to my friends. Let me say this, they loved the presentation (and also the flavours) so if you’re looking to impress your guests with a light and healthy appetizer, then this flavourful salad is going to knock their socks off! It is quick to prepare, very colourful, and gives your palate a tasty treat.

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Ingredients:

– Large, firm Italian tomatoes

– One container of buffalo mozzarella cheese

– Handful of basil leaves

– 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

– 2 tbsp of olive oil

– Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Begin by washing basil leaves and set aside.

2. Wash the tomatoes and removing the top bit (where the stem is located).

3. This is the tricky part. Place the tomato on the cutting board so that it is lying on it’s side. Slowly slice into the tomato along the slim side, cutting every 5cm,  but be careful not to cut all the way through. You want the tomato to hold together.

4. Drain the buffalo mozzarella and slice into thin rounds.

5. Place your tomato on your serving dish to begin assembly. Carefully insert a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf into each of the cuts on the tomato. Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic over top and season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy your stunning, healthy, and delicious appetizer!