Okay, so there is no competition but for anyone out there looking for the ultimate in indulgence when it comes to steaks–look no further!
Mike went all out with this meal and you can bet we were rubbing our food babies satisfaction at the end of dinner.
The best part hands down was the bacon hollandaise smothered all over those perfectly cooked pieces of grade A Alberta beef!
Another awesome addition was the eggplant salad courtesy made by Theo’s Greek Kouzina booth from the downtown farmer’s market.
This classic Italian thin crust pizza was hand rolled by my awesome man Mike! The dough is hand-pulled and baked off at a super high temperature making it super yummy and tasty. Mike says his secret to a great dough is he puts a ‘glob’ of honey in the dough. “I don’t measure sh**” was his response when I asked how much honey haha.
After the dough it is all about the sauce.
The sauce is made by slowly roasting tomatoes with basil and garlic. Blend all the ingredients together and simmer to perfection. Finish the sauce off with a bunch of fresh herbs and little more salt than you think you need. Your dough is not very salty and depending on the salt level of your cheese as well you need to compensate by adding more salt to enhance the flavour. If you have made a salty dough and are using a salty cheese such as a parmesan or pecorino (both hard cheese) the salt level will be fine without adding much more. For our pizza we used mozzarella and cheddar with a sprinkling of finely chopped fresh herbs on top.
As a final touch, drizzle a nice olive over the pizza when you bring it out of the oven. Some fresh tomatoes on top also will make your pizza even more tasty.
Mere days before Mike and I departed on our vacation we had this delectable meal.
Any barbecue lover will appreciate the efforts of such a dish. Mike marinated steak and pork ribs for a few hours before braving our Edmonton, Alberta winter.
Yes, he stood outside and barbecued in -25 to -30 degrees celsius!
The marinade of course was a secret because all great marinade recipes are…at least that’s what I’m told. However, he did let me know the purple beets and golden potatoes were roasted off in the barbecue. He even made the effort to put together some homemade garlic butter for the bread. As you can see everything on the plate has that delicious char promising every bite will be barbecued bliss. I do enjoy an alliteration here or there 🙂