• Chelsia

Keeping up with the authentic.

No matter how many amazing restaurants you go to, nothing beats a homemade Italian supper. Cooking is a secret passion of mine, so any chance I get to create and make recipes into my own, I’m all for it.

It was a gloomy day in Montreal, so what better way to spend your day than going to the Jean-Talon Market. As soon as you walk in, you are overwhelmed with the amazing smells of fresh fruit and vegetables. The smells, the colours and the atmosphere come together to get a real sense of what Montreal is all about. They have everything you can think of, so it’s easy to get inspired on what to cook for dinner.

Keeping with the authentic Italian dinner, we decided to make homemade bruschetta along with a homemade margarita pizza. So we began our adventure looking around the market for the freshest and best quality produce we can find. Being able to taste the fruits and vegetables before you buy them is definitely an advantage that no other grocery store can offer. This way you're guaranteed to have the best and the freshest produce for your food.

For the bruschetta, we gathered fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh garlic. We also went to the local bakery and picked up a freshly baked baguette. To make the bruschetta we diced the tomatoes up, finely chopping the garlic and basil leave and tossed them into a bowl with olive oil and a pinch of salt. For the bread, we sliced the baguette, drizzled some oil on the bread and put it into the oven to get nice and crispy. Once the baguette slices were a nice golden brown, we added a spoonful of the bruschetta on, topping it with a thin slice of parmigiano-reggiano and little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. All the components combined created a delicious harmony of sweet and savoury.

For the margarita pizza, we gathered buffalo mozzarella, fresh pizza dough, San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce and fresh basil leaves. While letting the pizza dough rise for about an hour, we began boiling the tomatoes to remove the peel and making the fresh tomato sauce. Once that was boiled and blended, we added onions and garlic to the sauced for flavour. Once the pizza was ready, we began kneading the dough to create the perfect circle for a pizza. We then added the sauce, sliced mozzarella and put it in the oven. The pizza was light, and full of flavour.

Even though cooking homemade food from scratch can take lots of time and patience, nothing can beat the experience and memories that are made while doing so. Cooking is all about learning on the fly and learning from your mistakes which is what makes it all the more fun.

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