When Reg and I would take the bus to our new apartment from the endless stay at the hotel, we would go by Calabria Meat Market. Each time I told myself, I have to go there.
They also have the coolest Meat Market sign in the world hanging above their shop.
A bicycle in the window? How can a meat market get more charming?!
By captivating me with cheese! They have all sorts including Boursin, one of my favourite cheeses in the world. I have since bought goat cheese from them too.
They said it was just fine for me to take pictures and I really wanted a photo of their VEAL bacon but there was a customer there and I was worried he would be worried about me photographing his butt, LOL. It is all about the veal bacon buddy, not to worry.
The first time I came back from Calabria I brought home a frozen chicken pot pie. The butcher himself told me how to bake it. Low and slow. Around 325F for 45 minutes to an hour. Well I was running behind making dinner so I turned up the heat to hasten the cooking and…
I ruined in. OMG! I felt like an idiot. It took me a while to gather courage to go back and admit my stupidity.
The next time I went to pick up some bones for making stock but he had just used them up. So he sent me home with some presents! He gave me this Scotch egg made with spicy Chorizo.
Isn’t it so cool how it looks like owl eyes?! And dang, it was spicy!
He also sent me home with a bread pudding.
It was perfect. I had the Scotch Egg for lunch and the bread pudding for dessert. A total treat.
This may not look exciting to you but I am so thrilled that I have real demi-glace in my freezer right now. It takes days for the butcher to make, simmering away and reducing… I am learning about sauces right now and am currently trying to decide which one is worthy of this demi-glace.
I also hoped to redeem myself by picking up more pot pies and cooking them properly in the oven.
This time golden, flaky and buttery (AKA not singed and smoking!). Always listen to your butcher!
You can absolutely tell the crust is made with real butter. Yum! The butcher cooks with minimal salt so you can season as you see fit. Pot pies have to be one of the most over-seasoned foods you can buy. If you buy them at Calabria, your blood pressure will not go through the roof.
We must have gone by Calabria a dozen times by bus this summer while on our way to the apartment to paint it, put up blinds, drapes… Now on warmer days I walk down to my very own neighbourhood butcher who makes Scotch eggs, bread pudding and demi-glace. I am one of the luckiest foodies in the world.