Last Sunday, I was particularly energetic in the kitchen and made light rye bread from scratch. And I must say, damn, it was awesomely good! Part of good baking, a skill I’ve yet to develop, is having all the right tools on hand. G and I are closer to that reality now.
I also made cheese filled plantain piononos (which is essentially a Latin American fritter). These were so easy to make and served as a great appetizer.
3) fry up the plantain; 4) let the cool and form into wee circles with a toothpick
5 & 6) prepare a batter of flour, water, and an egg
Not stopping there, I then also made an outstanding pea, pancetta and mint orecchiette with freshly grated pecorino cheese that was yummy … a success, I think, more because of the saucy broth that resulted. Highly recommend this one and will be making it again.
Leading Hotels of the World
Last night G and I attended a swank Leading Hotels of the World, Leaders Club, cocktail party in Jamie Kennedy’s restaurant at the Gardiner Museum. It was all very chic-chic with free champagne and great food and we got to meet and chat with the hoteliers from many of LHW’s global network. It was great fun.
Seems the folks at LHW are struggling too because of the economy and were out pushing product on their Canadian members. Interestingly, the host, LHW’s Regional President for the Americas said the Canadian market did CAD$9M in business last year and is targeted for only CAD$6M this year. Wowza.
G and I shall try to add to their bottomline over the next year. LHW only has 3 Canadian establishments – the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto (see our review and stay here); Chateau Bonne Entente south of Quebec City and Hotel Le St-James in Montreal (which we’re off to for 3 days stay in a month).