For the love of food

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens*Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens*Brown paper packages tied up with strings*These are a few of my favorite things*Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels*Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles*Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings*These are a few of my favorite things*Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes*Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes*Silver white winters that melt into springs*These are a few of my favorite things

Thomas Haas, Vancouver March 11, 2009

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It was a very pleasant discovery – a proper bakery in North Vancouver, making European pastries on a professional level, the only unpleasant part was that I discovered it only recently and now I moved back to WA so the next visit will not be any time soon.

Thomas Haas is famous for his chocolates and you can purchase them in high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods, Meinhardt’s and Capers…to be honest I have tasted the chocolates but wasn’t impressed, neither was my husband but the pastries do compensate for it big time! The space is tiny with two counters inside and a couple of outside tables. We have visited a couple of times and it was packed! The sandwiches are delicious and grilled if you want them to be, coffee is good and the pastries and delicious – both the cakes of sorts as well as the croissants and tarts – worth a detour even if you do not live in the neighborhood :)

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WWW: http://www.thomashaas.com

Address:  998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver   Tel: 604-924-1847 

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Now, go play with your food!

Filed under: Food,Recipes — lovemyfood @ 6:30 pm

colorful-salad

Its spring -sort of- but even if its not totally here you can see it right around the corner and it is the season for all things fresh and colorful…So many dishes could be altered to be happier, prettier and so much more exciting using slightly different ingredients here is one idea I implemented rather recently :) It is sort of a salad or a side dish or an appetizer or a snack or whatever you want it to be:

You need:

Purple potatoes -boiled, pureed with butter & salt, chilled.

Avocados – food processor or fork mashed with a bit of salt and  lemon juice to brighten the flavor and prevent it from discoloring.

Radishes – regular or even watermelon ones.

Quail eggs – hard boiled.

Just take a ring/rectangular mold or a cookie cutter and create the layers…If it is an appetizer add some boiled shrimp or smoked salmon on top or as an extra layer. You don’t have or do not like quail eggs – boil regular eggs. separate the yolk from the white and grate on a fine grater – this will create extra two colorful layers and it will be fluffy and pretty :)

Same thing could be done soon with the heirloom tomatoes, cut red, yellow, orange, rosso-bruno and green tomatoes, alternate the slices with bocconcini, basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil – so pretty and lively right away!

Another colorful thing is this simple bean and pine nut salad – cook the beans like you normally would and while they are still warm add a good amount of pine nuts, minced garlic, a good amount of olive oil, some chopped cilantro or parsley and salt & freshly ground pepper; let cool to at least room temperature…

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 and if you pair it with baked salmon (just a brush of butter, salt and pepper and into the oven on 450F for about 15 minutes for a small piece for two) covered in a tomato Mediterranean style salsa – the smell will get you to drop right there and then. By the way the salsa is super simple – cut your tomatoes into fine dice, add minced garlic, a small shallot, lemon zest,  fresh chives and basil, olive oil and a tiny bit of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and let stand in the fridge overnight (use cold).