Today's theme was brunch and we ate like kings! (And queens!) The day was fairly nice, being Friday and all.
In the morning, a classmate gave an interesting presentation on coffee.
Things I learned about coffee that I didn't know before, (and maybe you didn't either!)
- You know when you see the words "Arabica" and "Robusta" on coffee labels? What does that mean? Robusta is a misleading name because it sounds like "robust", but they come from completely different trees. Fast growing trees that survive anywhere! In contrast, Arabica beans come from slow growing trees that need specific conditions to grow successfully. Arabica is the higher quality bean, so that's the one to choose!
- The big difference between medium and dark roast is, (not surprisingly) the taste. Medium roasted beans will reflect the taste of the region they were grown in, like wine. Dark roasted beans are caramelized deeper, therefore the flavours will homogenize and so most dark roasts taste alike. Wanna be a coffee connoisseur? Stick with medium roast Arabica!
- Also, there's slightly more caffeine in medium roasts, good thing to know on Monday morning.
Ricotta stuffed french toast
We cut rounds out of pannatone we made the day before
and stuffed them with sweetened ricotta cheese,
(that we also made the day before).
The sauce is mixed berries, sugar, balsamic vinegar
and a touch of course pepper. Yes really, pepper.
English muffins - hard as rocks
On the food front, the French toast and artichoke benny were big winners, the English muffins need another chance, although I liked how we "baked" them on the underside of our cast iron grill pans.
I didn't get the chance to work a lot with my partner this week due to the mid-term exams, but I really liked the way he worked. He was the kind of partner you could bounce ideas and questions off easily. I know he's a strong student, but his humbleness and humility was quite refreshing. I also like someone who works hard to get work done, and this guy was no slacker!
The course takes a bit of a shift next week, it's Italian week!
But thats next week, the Olympics end this weekend and I'm planning to get out and about a bit tomorrow.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Scrambled eggs on toast