Along the way I ate some amazing food, met some fantastic people and had an all around great experience.
A couple highlights from the Eastern leg of my cross-Canada adventures include meeting current Top Chef Canada cheftestant, Jonathan Korecki (pictured) at his restaurant Side Door Kitchen in Ottawa and having brunch in Montreal with one of last season’s competitors, Derek Bocking.
The downside to two weeks of traveling is the fact that you I dine out a lot, you I drink more beer and wine than you I probably should. By the time I finally get back home, I need a few days ‘stay-cation’ just to unwind.
So, what’s my point here in relation to this week’s challenge? The fact that I needed some alone time. I didn’t care what I had to make this particular week, I wanted to make it just for myself, in my own home and my own kitchen!
My assigned dish for this week, Jonathan’s winning pulled pork and tofu lettuce wraps, proved to be a nice, light dinner. It was just what I needed, considering that my stomach was still processing the amazing, but rich and buttery, meal I had at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal on Thursday evening. Pulled pork is most definitely one of my favourite things to make, so I was looking forward to putting a bit of an Asian twist on it.
One of the best things about pulled pork is that it requires little to no attention in the first stage. If you have a slow cooker, a pork shoulder, some spices and an onion, you’re pretty much good to go. I popped the pork into my slow cooker late Saturday evening then fell asleep on the couch watching random episode reruns on Food Network Canada (shameless plug, I know…).
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