When I was a kid growing up, we had zero spices in our house. It just wasn’t a thing. Oh, we had salt, but we didn’t even really use pepper–I remember quite clearly having 2 salt shakers instead.
As I got older, and started to learn more about cooking, and therefore seasoning, garlic was probably the first “spice” I ever started to experiment with. At first, it was dried garlic powder, but then later, I went right for the real thing, and started adding raw garlic to my cooking.
I love the flavour it brings. Garlic really is a superstar. And we are not far off now from Garlic Scape season, which is one of my favourite times of the year!
Garlic is an amazing ingredient, but roasted garlic is even more amazing! When you roast it, it becomes sweet and almost nutty. It becomes soft and buttery, and you can add it to so many things–like sauces, which it will help to thicken.
Here’s just a few things you can do with roasted garlic:
I really feel like I should be writing something here like “oh, winter… it feels like it will go on forever…” And, if you are in an area of Canada east of me, that is likely how you feel right now. Buried in snow and minuses.
However, here in Vancouver, signs of spring abound. There are cherry blossoms, crocuses, and our temps are in the double-digits. Apologies to the rest of Canada.
Wherever you are in the great white north, however, I’m pretty sure a good steak dinner wouldn’t go awry.
Michael and I got to get a taste (literally) of a new winter promotion that The Keg has on right now, until March 29. It’s called Winter Grill, and it’s all about comfort food. The night we went (to the Yaletown location) it really was a miserable, rainy, Vancouver winter night. The kind of night where you just want to hibernate and carb-load, with a really nice glass of red wine.
Instead, we hibernated in one of the warm and cozy booths at the Keg, and got our steak (with a side of tasty carbs) on.
There are four menu options on The Keg Winter Grill menu:
Rib Steak for Two (or more) is a 30 ounce (!!) hearty bone-in rib steak, grilled to perfection and served with sautéed field mushrooms. You’ll want to bring several hungry men with you to make short work of this one. Then, there’s the more dainty Keg Stuffed Fillet. It’s a 7 oz fillet, butterflied, and filled with with slices of capocollo, dates, jalapeños and feta cheese. I know that sounds like a strange combination, but it’s really delicious. It’s a tiny bit sweet, salty, and spicy in every bite, and the entire thing is snuggled in a blanket of applewood smoked bacon. Where can I get an applewood smoked bacon blanket?? Next up, you could choose the Kansas City Strip, a 13 oz, tender, bone-in (bones mean flavour!) New York striploin grilled to your specification. Finally, there’s the Blackened Manhattan, a kind of cajun-style 7 oz steak, coated with select herbs and spices and finished with herb butter. Each of the steaks comes with your choice of potato, or rice, and mixed vegetables, and you can even add on a sauce, like whiskey peppercorn.
I’m not a huge meat-eater, but I finished the entire filet, and I especially loved the twice-baked potato with bacon, the inside of which had the same texture as a cloud. I have no idea how the Keg gets their mashed potatoes so light and fluffy, but I sure would like to bribe one of the kitchen staff for that secret!
Your meal will get started with a loaf of The Keg’s world-famous bread. It comes with a couple different kinds of butter–one is plain, but the other has cheese and bacon in it. It is so unbelievably delicious. Really the epitome of “bacon makes everything better.”
The Keg Winter Grill menu also includes one starter, Lobster Bisque, but of course you can order whatever you like on the menu, as well, including dessert. In fact, I think I have to insist that you order dessert.
I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to The Keg to one lucky reader, so you can try out The Winter Grill menu for yourself (or anything else that tickles your fancy on The Keg’s menu).
To enter this contest:
Comment below and let me know what your favourite thing at The Keg is to eat (or if you’ve never eaten there, what you want to try). This contest is open to all residents of Canada. I will choose a winner at random on Friday, February 27, and your gift card will be mailed to you.
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