Saturday, November 28, 2009

ROAD TRIP!

Off I go on a buying trip. It was a difficult year in the "want" business. Nobody "needs" a 12 ft gazebo in their back yard. But things are roaring back since September and many clients need new things to sell.
So I am going to dig out some new and exciting products in the hopes it will appeal to my customers.

China blocked any and all Blogsites including mine, so it will be hard to post about all the great food that will inevitably come across my table while I am there. I have discussed email posts with Lauren, where she just has to cut and paste and add the pictures.
So keep looking in here.

As a "last supper" Lauren even baked a gluten free marble loaf cake at the house, she knows what I miss most when on the road.
Yes, Yes, of course I am missing the family more, but it's the sweets I crave.....



Isabella came with me a few years back

You like it?

I am buying it anyway. Will stop traffic!
Mine, all mine!

Oma could not do it any better with gluten....






Thursday, November 26, 2009

RISOTTO

If you are short on time to cook dinner for your family, let me tell you. Inside of 35 minutes from scratch you can prepare a Risotto that everyone will love. Provided you got all the ingredients.

So easy and yet so good. Maybe the most under appreciated meal you can make quickly. Come on, try it.
I made some Chorizo sausages with my Risotto and it was on the table in 30 minutes from me switching on the stove to serving the first plate to Isabella.




Some Truffle oil for extra flavor.

Not showing is the white wine and garlic.

Soak the Chanterelles for a bit, it adds flavor to the stock.


No time to chop the garlic finer today.





Sunday, November 22, 2009

ANOTHER GLUTEN FREE SANDWICH

The other day I had breakfast at Bruno's house, which after many discussions ended up being lunch as well (we do have different opinions on a variety of things). Sandra made us a fantastic smoked meat sandwich, which she told me she found at COSTCO.
Ha. I had to replicate it for my family in a gluten free version of course. Dunn's of Montreal sells smoked brisket meat in convenient little pouches that make a PERFECT smoked meat sandwich.

I used GF Patisserie's cheese bread ( I know, it's not rye), schmeared some mustard over it, added some pickles and done! A great Sunday lunch.











Saturday, November 21, 2009

A SATURDAY AT GF PATISSERIE

Today was Panini day. Back by popular demand. So I got to spend the day with Victoria at the bakery. Lauren and Isabella too. It's a family business.
As with most bakeries that I know, GF or regular, Saturday is the busiest day. GF PATISSERIE is no exception. A lot goes into that day, starting with Lauren who comes in very early to get the bread orders out of the way.
Victoria arrives a short while later, sets up the rest of the cakes, cookies and starts weighing the bread.

Let me tell you, sharp 10am the people start coming in and it basically keeps going all day. Though it slows down after 2, it's a hectic day for the bakery.
Add to that my Paninis today, it was amazing. Victoria is very happy, because it shows that quality and freshness has a market, even if it is as small as less than 1% of the population.

Yes, I was sold out of Paninis by 1pm. It was a blast. Hope you liked them.


OPEN FOR BUSINESS
SET UP, READY TO SELL
CUPCAKE WEEKEND, VERY POPULAR.
EMAIL ORDERS, PLENTY OF THEM
FULLY STOCKED FREEZER (ALMOST)
EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENT CUPCAKE FLAVORS
BREAD TO WEIGHED AND BAGGED
BIRTHDAY CAKES FOR SOME LUCKY CELIACS!
ISABELLA FOUND THE CALLEBAUT CHOCOLATE BIN
PANINIS, FRESH FROM THE GRILL
TEACH THE KIDS EARLY ABOUT WORK
ALL CLEANED UP, READY TO GO HOME
SOLD OUT!














Wednesday, November 18, 2009

TAQUERIA MARIACHI

Last Sunday the whole family spent some time together. Including Lauren, who's boyfriend was not in town. That is a rare occasion nowadays. Nice it was. Too rare. In Vegas, when all kids were little, we spent many more weekends together, doing all sorts of fun things.

Anyway. For lunch I recommended to check out Heritage Market again, the future home of the Calgary Farmers' Market. It still is the same old flea market set up and just from a traffic point of view, I cannot see the Farmers' Market fit into that location.

Inside their mini food court is a Mexican Taqueria, which was our target for lunch. Authentic tacos. And good they are. I mean excellent. A great selection of Salsas, well spiced meats and soft corn Tacos. GLUTEN FREE- no worries.

They even offer Cow Tongue, which I had to have. Yes, click on the last image and you see the tongue being prepped for me...Only open on weekends.


Lauren's pick. Pork

One of mine. Cow tongue. Try it, it's tasty.

Excellent Salsa. On the right, a spicy Guacamole.

The set up.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A CLOSE UP





Sunday, November 15, 2009

BEEF ROULADEN & HOME MADE GF NOODLES

GF BISTRO. It would be a natural expansion plan for GF PATISSERIE. Will it happen? Probably not (unless one of you steps forward willing to do it).
Regardless, here is another dish I would serve at a gluten free restaurant. Tasty, easy to make and most people like it.

A German dish by origin, many variations on the items that go inside, but always the same. A great combination of meat, gravy and noodles. Home made gluten free noodles with GF PATISSERIE'S flour mix.

Don't ask for recipes, just wing it...like I did.

















Saturday, November 14, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: HUGO CHAVEZ GOES GF

No joke. He is eating rice pasta now. Read the article here:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqut8PZYp5pKvFtIweSXvvi1WhXgD9BV1GUO1

I wonder though what the true reason is behind his recent health kick....




Somebody showed him this pic from 1999?

His best friend is skinny?

Fidel whispered: "Ella te llamó un gran cerdo, mi amigo"


He is jealous of Sean's looks?



HA! He wants to date Naomi!! Really.





A NEW GLUTEN FREE BREAD

If you like Olives, then you will love this bread. Pimento filled green Olives in GF Patisserie's white bread.
I gratinated some cheese onto the bread to hide the Olives for my test eater, but she still found them and hence gave the bread only one and a half thumbs up...

Isabella is a picky eater.