Hello! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve moved to a new blog (Three Hour Brunch Friend). If you haven’t taken a looksie yet, here’s what I’ve been up to. If you like want you see here, I hope you do come join me over at 3HBF for more! :)
I updated my brioche with bergamot essence recipe.
I made bostocks, using slices of stale brioches, which I then soaked in syrup, topped with almond cream and almonds, then baked.
Spiced granola with cardamom and nutmeg.
Japanese milk bread with silky soft crumbs.
Mouth puckery lime and fish sauce beer can chicken.
Rainbow carrots, all the way from Quebec, are roasted and served with frico (parmesan crisps) and a poached egg.
Recipes are all on Three Hour Brunch Friend!
Ever since seeing David Chang make one on Mind of a Chef, this Salt Cod omelette has been one of my favourite things to make (and eat). It’s so easy to prepare, with ingredients so simple and affordable that we now keep a slab of dried salt cod in our fridge exclusively for the dish. In Toronto, dried salt cod is available at pretty much any Chinese, Caribbean (as “saltfish”), or Portuguese (as “bacalhau”) market – you can take your pick, the preparation is the same. In case you’ve never bought salt cod, thicker pieces are choice since thinner portions tend to be over-salted and lack meaty flavour. Don’t be intimidated by the bone-in skin-on cuts either, both are easy to remove. This recipe is “adapted” simply because I didn’t have parsley at the time:
- Dry salted cod (palm sized portion)
- 4 Eggs
- Onion (1 half)
- Chopped fresh chives (much better with fresh parsley)
- Olive oil
- Ground black pepper
Preparation: Salt cod needs to be pre-soaked overnight, cooking time is 15 minutes.
Step 1 Salt cod arrives in the form of dehydrated fish jerky preserved in a layer of salt, it requires reconstituting before cooking. Cut out a portion (the rest can be refrigerated or stored in any dry place practically forever) and rinse away as much salt off the fish as you can under some cold water. Then submerge it in clean water overnight, for at least eight hours, at room temperature – repeated rinsing and changing the water to remove more salt if desired. Be careful of pointed fish bones and fins when handling.
Step 2 Drain the softened salt cod and pat dry with a towel. Peel away all skin and rinse off any scales that are removed in the process. Debone the fish by hand and break the meat it into small bite-sized chunks. Squeeze out any excess water from the chunks of cod and place them in a bowl. Add a bit of milk and allow it to absorb.
Step 3 Thinly slice half an onion and caramelize with olive oil over medium heat. Remove caramelized onions from the skillet. Add more olive oil to the hot skillet and pour in your beaten eggs. When the eggs begin to solidify add on the caramelized onions and salt cod, making sure to spread them out across the omelette. Sprinkle finely chopped chives over everything as the omelette finishes cooking.
Aaand you’re done! Plate and serve topped with ground black pepper and a few drops of olive oil. If you aren’t confident in your omelette making skills here’s jamie oliver showing you how to do it.
Classic run-on-breakfast fare at Aunties & Uncles, and that moment when you admit to yourself “I’m brunch people now”:
At some point in your mid-20s, you outgrow all-day breakfast from student dives that daylight as would-be greasy spoons and the chain restaurants that replaced true ones. So perhaps it’s the location between UofT and Sneaky Dee’s, that makes Aunties & Uncles something of a rite of passage for those about to brunch in Toronto. The kind of place that marks one’s graduation from person who “loooves all-day breakfast” to full-fledged brunch-person.
Aunties & Uncles ONLY does breakfast, brunch and lunch – so don’t count on getting there after 3pm. We arrived early and rounded up an order of their more diner-y plates:
- Cinnamon French toast, with poached pears (the fruit changes by season)
- Breakfast Pocket, scrambled egg and peameal bacon sandwiched between focaccia buns
- Aunties & Uncles Club, a chicken club on challah bread
Aside from my French toast falling on the dry side and needing the entire demitasse of maple syrup to revive, our meal was solid. This was also my first time trying the house potato salad, which may be the best ever – loaded with dill flavour, the perfect side for anyone with a large enough appetite to require one.
Bonus: there’s enough vintage Canadian kitsch on A&U’s walls to fodder a whole season of Vinyl Café. Note though, the child’s room décor is a bit of a misnomer as the tight seating (and long wait) is better suited to couples and smaller groups than toddler toters. Count on their patio to be packed come warmer months and a guaranteed 30+ minute wait year-round on weekends.
Instagram credit to Thisis_Angelo for the top two photos on the grid and for sharing that bacon.
Aunties & Uncles
47 Lippincott St. | Website
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