Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Marche Jean-Talon

Recently Jim and I took a drive to Montreal for a music and food filled overnight. We set out to try a (new to us) restaurant, called "Le Taj", specializing in Indian food. We enjoyed fresh out of the tandoor nan bread, crisp and flavorful samosas, perfectly spiced channa masala (spiced chick peas), and so much more. The service was friendly and attentive and I was happily surprised at the long wine list. On weekend evenings you dine while listening to live tabla music. So, if you have a taste for Indian food while in Montreal try "Le Taj".

Then, after dinner we hailed a cab and went off to hear live music.
After a good nights sleep we found ourselves in a culinary dream come true... strolling around Marche Jean-Talon.

Even in early spring, the center of the market is colorful, packed high with fresh fruits, vegetables, and gardening must-haves.

The market perimeter is a Canadian celebration of local meat vendors, cafes, French bakeries, and cheese shops. Don't forget the detailed spice store with a fine selection of olive oils and vinegars all available to taste. The Middle Eastern street food is fabulous and not to be missed. I love the lamb and green olive pressed sandwiches with hot sauce! You will even find a small tortilla factory, with made to order tacos and tamales.

A visit to Marche Jean-Talon is a must and plan on eating great foods while strolling around.

Cilantro Coconut Lime Sauce

4 cups cilantro leaves washed and chopped (approximately 2 bunches)
1-2 seeded green chilies (optional)
3/4 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
¼ - 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup warm water (as needed)

In a blender add all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Add water slowly as needed to keep the blender running (you may also use the food processor). Taste and adjust seasoning.

*Use this sauce with all grilled fish, pork, and lamb. Fabulous with Samosas and spring rolls. Serve with cashew ginger rice!