Spread This: Bacon Jam!
Chef Chad White’s been busy since Roseville closed. Not only has he been involved with cooking classes at Cups La Jolla, he’s launched Ego Culinary Trends, which involves high-end catering, restaurant consulting and the sale of seasonal and sustainable food products. First up is White’s rich Medjool bacon jam. It’s a luscious and smoky spread perfect for topping biscuits or as a filling for savory cookies or even an omelet. You’ll find jars for purchase at Siesel’s and Venissimo; the contents are on the menus at Kitchen 1540 and Hamilton’s. egoculinarytrends.com.
Balboa International Market: The Bread Ovens Are On
San Diego devotees of hot-out-of-the-oven traditional Persian flatbreads like sangak, barbari and mashahi no longer have to drive to Orange County for their fix. Balboa International Market in Clairemont has installed a new brick oven for the sangak and additional ovens for the other breads, producing about 400 loaves a day. The breads are perfect with a little feta cheese and sprinkling of olive oil. A true treat is the seedy sangak, about 3 feet long and almost paper-thin. balboamarket.com
There isn’t much that most people find more pleasurable than chocolate, a perfect companion for Valentine’s Day. Local cookbook author and pastry chef Carole Bloom introduces home cooks to baking with high-quality, deeply flavored chocolate in Intensely Chocolate ($27.95, Wiley). Her 100 recipes are seductive, yet accessible. Take her bittersweet chocolate gingerbread and white chocolate – caramel tart, both sumptuous examples of adventurous flavors that will amaze dinner-party guests. The photography is irresistible, the recipes are well conceived and written, and Bloom’s introductory primer is an essential Chocolate 101.
Sweet Treats for Your Valentine
Pastry chef Michel Morlas is a fixture at both the Little Italy Mercato and Hillcrest farmers’ market. His Patisserie du Soleil, which he opened in 1993, makes stunning traditional French and European delicacies such as tatin tarte, croque-bouche and tarte aux pommes, as well as quiche and brioche — perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or surprise your sweetheart with the gift of a pastry class taught by Morlas at his Loma Portal gallery kitchen. sandiegocake.com.