Posts Tagged ‘Open sandwiches’

Collin made experimental Quiche with a muffin pan the other day. There were still some left, so he made open sandwiches with them and bread from Nelson the Seagull for lunch.

Quiche included bacon and asparagus. Bread was toasted with cheese and layered with tomato and the leftover Quiche.

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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

This is the 5th challenge. I bought these ingredients. He bought some accompaniments.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

  • Smoked Salmon, and
  • Fennel, and
  • Ciabatta

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Ground Pork and Beef, and
  • Broccolini, and
  • Clamato Juice (A small can that sits for long time)

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.


Here are outcomes of his cooking.

Appetizer: Open faced ciabatta with onion fennel relish, smoked salmon lox, goat cheese and lemon

Fennel was cooked slowly for long time with onions so that it was soft and sweet. I think dripping some lemon juice on smoked salmon would make taste better.

Main dish: Rotini with Clamato tomato sauce, organic broccolini, fontina cheese and meatballs

Tomato sauce was just right with slight spiciness, it added to a pan for meatballs a little by little so that meatballs were tasty. Cheese on top wasn’t covered (or melted) well. I didn’t taste Clamato, but was the spiciness coming from the juice?


Verdict: He survived! I will give him a harder challenge next time. 😛 Oh, what is he going to do with the full of tomato sauce in the pot?!

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Collin wanted to go to Medina Cafe again and try the dish that I had last time. As same as the last time, we waited to be seated for 30 min or so, and finally we were taken to Chambar side. Chambar is a sister restaurant of Medina located to the next door and only open for dinner.

Medina Cafe in Vancouver   Waffles at Medina Cafe in Vancouver

Waffles with milk chocolate lavender

Waffles with milk chocolate lavender at Medina Cafe in Vancouver

La Sante (Soft boiled egg, ripe tomato, avocado, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil, grilled ciabatta)

La Sante at Medina Cafe in Vancouver

Side dish, Saussison de Paris

Side sausage at Medina Cafe in Vancouver

Saumon Fume (Open faced ciabatta sandwich. Fried egg, smoked salmon caper cream cheese, sliced avocado, arugula peppadew and artichoke salad)

Saumon Fume at Medina Cafe in Vancouver

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Medina Cafe

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Skytrain Stadium station)
TEL: 604-879-3114
Twitter: @cafemedina

[Mon – Fri] 9:00 – noon

[Mon – Fri] noon – 15:00

[Sat – Sun] 9:00 – 15:00

Price Note
– Belgian waffle x 2 $6.30
– Topping milk chocolate lavender $1.00
– Side Saussison de Pars $5.00
– La Sante $12.00
– Saumon Fume $12.00
– Americano $2.45

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