These are some of my food adventures from the last 10 days...
I went to the farmer's market and could not contain myself. There was so much deliciousness in one place that I was inspired!
Veggies, hot sauce and mint jelly...
I made pork chops with a light mint jelly sauce, carrots marinated in ginger, mustard and cheese cauliflower and a salad with a homemade cherry vinaigrette.
However, nothing was quite as good as the dessert:
Chocolate pots de creme - essentially egg yolk, heavy cream and chocolate.
I was a little worried that they wouldn't turn out correctly because I only realized I did not have a mesh sieve as I was continuously stirring and my chocolate was melting. However, I improvised and used a handy flour sifter...random, but it worked!
After such a successful dinner, I figured breakfast would be a piece of cake. When Lily and Liz were in town, we had breakfast at Cafe Continental. It was the first time I had Eggs Benedict; it was made with asparagus and crab cake instead of the more traditional Canadian bacon. I liked it so much, I wanted to give it a try. But, I didn't have the time until the last weekend in June. It was a rainy morning, so I was more than happy to sip my coffee and figure out the recipe. I had heard that hollandaise sauce was difficult and that poaching eggs was a bit tricky. I guess I have a knack for making eggs benedict...or I was just lucky, because I didn't have any major problems. My eggs poached quite well, though I did lose a bit of yolk on one of the eggs.
English muffins, Canadian bacon, tomatoes and aspargus broiled.
Poached eggs added to the base...
Covered in hollandaise sauce.
Taste test result: Success!