Archive for June, 2010

Croquettes Revisited

June 11, 2010

The other night I had a couple people over for dinner and decided to make an old standby, the Salmon Croquettes. I served them with a salad again, and I made a couple adjustments to the croquettes themselves: panko instead of Saltines and minced shallot in lieu of onion (why not?). I decided to serve them with a Spicy Lemon and Paprika Aïoli from Bon Appétit.

The first ingredient in the aïoli is mayonnaise. Feeling ambitious, I decided to make the mayo myself using this recipe from Gourmet. The ingredients and process are simple enough, but the whisking is exhausting. I had a buddy, and we switched off.

The panko and shallots worked beautifully in the croquettes, and the aïoli was a bit of a show-stopper. This will not be my last experiment with homemade mayo!



June 10, 2010

Last week my friend and I went on a mini road trip to Montréal via Portland, ME. Not to knock the duck gravy poutine at Duck Fat, which was delicious, but the gustatory highlight of the trip was probably the wild versions of Eggs Benedict at Restaurant l’Avenue in the Plateau area of Montréal.


You are looking at two hefty pieces of French toast topped with Black Forest ham, gruyère, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce, sitting in a bath of maple syrup.

Yes, it was mind-blowingly good. And those breakfast potatos: superb.

This review accurately sums it up:

Montreal restaurant L’Avenue reminds me of a fat American boy named Billy whose father took a 3 year sabbatical in France, moved to Montreal, and opened up a restaurant to support Billy’s eating habit.

If you ever find yourself in Montréal, check it out. Be warned, the portions are enormous. My friend and I are famously good eaters, but neither of us could clean our plates.