Yesterday Canadian Beef coordinated a fantastic session with Toronto’s top food writers and bloggers entitled “The Ultimate Meating.” I arrived at Nella Cucina shortly before noon and was immediately served a glass of red wine upon my arrival (10 points beef farmers!) I found my workstation and sat down on a stool sifting through the Canadian Beef binder each participant was given to take home: full of fun facts on beef nutrition, beef cuts, preparation tips and recipes. I snacked on Lindt milk chocolate balls and bowls filled with candy corn. We spent three hours in a classroom setting where food writers had a chance to have an open dialogue with Canada’s top beef experts. We sampled beef centric appetizers (I became obsessed with these pin wheels filled with roast beef, boursin cheese and almonds) and learned the best way to cook a pot roast.
I had the opportunity to sit with Nicki from View the Vibe and Val from I’m Charming You. I snapped a few candid shots of us as we sat through our beef workshop. I really do enjoy the picture of Val and I posing in a Glamour Shots style fashion. At the end of the day we were all given massive roll away bags (practically suitcases) with five huge cuts of beef, roasting pan, meat thermometer, carving knife and a few other treats.
We were all challenged to create dish using leftovers from our roast beef. Y0u can check out the recipe I developed, Roast Beef Shiitake Udon Bowl.