Caesar Salad

Your Royko Recipe for April, 2019. I am surprised that it has taken me so long to post this one. It’s such a popular salad.

Caesar Salad

I [Royko] personally hate anchovies, so I’ve left them out of this recipe. However, if you like them, mash 1-2 fillets with a fork and add to the cheese just before you start whisking in the oil. If desired, you can use crumbled, crisp bacon bits rather than the anchovies.

Depending on the amount of garlic you use, this salad can be fairly mild, or it can set your mouth…and the whole neighbourhood…on fire. Do everyone a favour and don’t ride the subway after eating.

Serves 4 to 8.

1 head romaine lettuce
1-2 cloves minced garlic-to taste
1 egg
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup freshly-grated Imported Parmesan
2 tbl. red wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper

Remove the tough outer leaves from the romaine. With a sharp knife, slice out the centre rib from the larger remaining leaves. Cut into 1″ – 2″ pieces. Wash lettuce in lots of cold water, remove excess moisture using a salad spinner and place in a large salad bowl.

Put grated cheese and minced garlic in another, smaller mixing bowl. Add vinegar.
Cook egg in boiling water for 1 minute. Chill under running water, and break into the cheese mixture. Do not bother with the part of the white that has already set. Add the olive oil a bit at a time, whisking thoroughly.

Continue until dressing is the desired consistency, stiffer than normal salad dressing but thin enough to pour. Taste and add more vinegar, whisking it in, if desired. Season with pepper.

Top lettuce with croutons. Drizzle dressing over top and toss with two wooden spoons.

Street View time machine

Yesterday, on Broadview Avenue, I admired a sympathetic architectural link joining two fine brick houses. Montcrest is a private elementary school, it turns out, and the new part is only a few months old.

Junior kindergarten to Grade 8. April, 2019

I wondered how the space had looked before, so I dialled back 6 years on Google Street View.

Aha. Parking spaces. May, 2013.

I am always amazed, walking the city, at how quickly Toronto changes. Now Street View has been photographing long enough that we have records documenting our impermanence.

A&W research

We’ve all seen the A&W “Beyond Meat” commercials, haven’t we? Peter Bartosh and I wanted to find out. Do the meat-free burgers really taste like meat?

Peter wanted gluten-free, so he got the lettuce wrap … no bun.

So, what are we comparing to? Not the burgers you barbecue at home. That wouldn’t be fair. But compared with a typical fast food burger, it’s a success. It does taste a lot like an ordinary fast food hamburger patty and the texture is about the same.

My “Beyond Meat” burger. We had combos, with fries and coffee.

Peter and I also agreed that the fries were good, as was the Van Houtte coffee which came in a generously large ceramic mug. We liked that, too.

There’s something they don’t mention in the commercials, though. Our two combos … burger, fries and coffee … rang in at $24 and change, with tax. $12+ each … not a lot to spend for lunch, but a bit more than expected.

What are the green posts for?

A long row of these tall posts stands along the ridge of the park on Broadview Avenue.

The green colour should have been a clue, but it didn’t click for me until I had the answer. Credit for the answer goes to Peter Bartosh, who found a city worker on the sidewalk and asked.

I will put the answer in a comment, in case you want to guess … or maybe you already know.

From the green pipe ridge … how Broadview got its name.

See the CN Tower, tucked in behind the bank towers? Let’s zoom in.

The pod on the CN Tower holds a revolving restaurant.

Can’t quite see what they are having for lunch.

Sony HX80, max zoom

Flower therapy

I needed cheering up after a bummer experience with tradesmen yesterday. I know … as Ian reminded me at lunch today, “Anyone who owns a house deserves it”.

Danica was very kind during my funk. While I was waiting in the florist shop for roses to take home, I breathed in the lovely air and took photos. Ahhh, that’s better.

Want to defend Ontario libraries?

Online petitions don’t give you a powerful voice, but they are better than silence. I signed to tell the Doug Ford government I want public libraries to be supported, not slashed. Here’s the link.

I am a huge fan of our Toronto Public Library system. It serves citizens in diversified, innovative and accessible ways that are exemplary. What other public institution performs as well? What mission is more important than making information available to everyone?

Meanwhile, back at the map …

Many details have been added since my last study of the mythical map of Gerald Street South. I find it devilishly difficult to shoot the multitudes of little scenes rendered onto the coarse brick and mortar. It’s one of those “you have to go there” things. Where? The Flying Pony Gallery Café.

You can click any slide for a better look.

The last two characters, Reggie and Ronnie, look like big trouble. They may be ancestors of the artists painting the map, Andrew Horne and Rob Elliott.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!