Kitchen World Tour: Canada

Main: Maple glazed chicken wings accompanied by a blue cheese sauce, with Poutine.

Dessert: Maple pancakes with blueberries and crispy bacon.

Canada was quite a challenge. Decided to go with the Canadian unofficial national dish Poutine, chips, cheese curds and gravy.

Got up early to make the curds. To make curds you need unhomogenised milk and an acid like lemon juice, vinegar or a rennet. Heat the milk to close to 95 degrees Celsius, drop in the acid and you have curds, which are actually the first step in making any cheese.

The gravy was also a challenge. If you read recipes online some people say use an instant gravy. I believe a gravy is a thing that takes time and instant gravy is not thing that should exist. The gravy for this was made by caramelising some onions and garlic, adding fresh rosemary, mushrooms and thyme. Add some Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste, and cook it down for a few hours. Then you can thicken it with butter and flour at the end.

Blueberry Bacon Pancakes. Every mouthful satisfies, while somehow making you feel that it is so very wrong (bacon + sugar). The Maple Chicken Wings with a Blue Cheese Sauce were devine.

All in all this was a sensational meal but if I ate like this regularly I would already have passed onto the next life.

Next up: Cape Verde