The Art of Cake

Did you know Dundas Park Kitchen is not only is the master of the sandwich and of the pie, but is also the master of the cake? Really? DPK’s very own Melanie is a cake master and artiste extraordinaire, you ask?! Well, if you read DPK’s bio, you will learn that she was raised under the iron fist of a pastry chef father,  then was heavily mentored by yet another pastry genius, Claudia Egger of Frangipane Patisserie. So, of course Melanie has continued on with making beautiful cakes for every occasion. For work, for leisure, for me and for you.

Dundas Park Kitchen’s version of a Black Forest Cake:

Dundas Park Kitchen CakeThe Base: chocolate cake with white chocolate butter cream and sour cherries.

Dundas Park Kitchen CakeBeautiful and smooth chocolate ganache, with an elegant leaf motif made out of Fondarific fondant.

Dundas Park Kitchen CakeSome precise and steady cake decorating. No sudden movement or loud noises, please.

Dundas Park Kitchen CakeHappy Birthday, John! I hope you were happy.

Shut your pie hole!!

DO YOU LIKE PIE??

Dundas Park Kitchen Pies

Every Friday is PIE DAY!! Pies are made from scratch with fresh butter pastry. They all have the most amazing insides imaginable!!

Dundas Park Kitchen Pies

Come on over to Dundas Park Kitchen and give one of our pies a go for dinner AND dessert! Call ahead to reserve one for your next fancy dinner party. You will be the most liked person at the party! Or order one for yourself and eat it on your own while watching Homeland.

Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Spiced Plum Pie
Bumbleberry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Chocolate Caramel Pie
Maple Pecan Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb
Peach Blueberry

Chicken Pot Pie
Steak and Beau’s Pie
Swiss Leek and Potato Pot Pie

Dundas Park Kitchen Pie

Breakfast Sandwich SHOWDOWN

Best Breakfast Sandwich
Yip yip!

Toronto Life voted DPK’s WORLD FAMOUS breakfast sausage sandwich as the Best Breakfast Sandwich in the city. Thank you, Toronto Life!

Not only is this sandwich available in the shop, but also at The Stop market every Saturday. Come on by and see Alex smile over the hot grill.



Speaking of sandwiches, I heartily consumed DPK’s tuna sandwich (poached tuna, olive spread, field tomatoes, hard boiled egg, mayo, pickled beans, lettuce) the other day. Fun Fact: the sandwich is also called THE JEFFREY, named after Melanie and Alex’s cat Jeff (his nickname is Tuna). Jeff’s been through a lot over the past few years: he ate some thread, suffered from bad insides, had to contend with a newborn and now continues to be kicked out of various rooms in the apartment.


Jeff

Five Days, One Chicken

Alex at DPK knows his chicken. He knows how to prepare it with grace and dignity, and savour every last morsel by being extremely creative and resourceful.

In this week’s The Grid, Alex gives us some handy recipes on what to do with your chicken leftovers, if you don’t happen to Fred Flintstone the entire thing in one sitting. Reading the daily recipes, cooking for yourself and on a budget doesn’t seem too difficult.

August 28, 2013
One bird, five totally baller dinners
By Karon Liu

Excerpt:

Jamie Kennedy’s chicken salad

“This is the best tasting chicken salad, and it’s made from a bunch of ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge,” says Tso. In addition to the shredded chicken breast kicking around from your Sunday meal, that includes some tart vinegar, briny olives and pickles, sharp cheddar, and fiery chili flakes. “Every single cook who has worked for Jamie Kennedy has made this salad at the restaurant and has squirreled away the last mouthful left in the bowl to eat just before service.”

Ingredients:
1 roasted chicken breast, shredded
3 slices sharp white cheddar or gruyere, cut into matchsticks
15 cornichon pickles or 1 dill pickle, sliced thinly
¼ red onion, sliced as thinly as possible
15 green olives, sliced
2 tbsp red-wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
Chopped parsley, chili flakes, salt, and pepper, to taste

Directions: In a bowl, pour the red-wine vinegar over the onions and set aside for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, pickles, olives, and cheese. Add the onions, reserving the vinegar, and add the olive oil. Toss all the ingredients to combine. Just before serving, season to taste with parsley, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and the reserved vinegar.

Happy August Long Weekend

The Stop’s Farmers Market at the Wychwood Barns, where you will find Dundas Park Kitchen every Saturday all year long, is a flurry of activity, especially during the summer months. Ontario vendors are neatly set up within every inch of the outdoor space, selling their gorgeous seasonal products. It is non-stop fun and action, from 8am to 12pm!

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It’s a good time to be a fruit galette in Ontario!

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We have good people helping us out.

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Alex preparing DPK’s addictive and satisfying breakfast sausage sandwich.

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Our friend Laurie of Delish Kitch and her gluten-free and wheat free goods.

Press: The Grid

Here is a nice write up in Toronto’s The Grid about DPK’s roasted chicken dinner.

July is all about long evenings and eating outside, which is why the takeout chicken dinner at three-week-old spot Dundas Park Kitchen (2066 Dundas St. W., at Howard Park Ave.) is a good choice for a lazy person’s picnic (or a non-fast food dinner option for parents too tired to cook after work).

THIS IS ALL TRUE!

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Photo Credit: The Grid

There’s also a shout out to Melanie’s baked goods, which are all made fresh every day by her loving hands. My personal favourite is the chocolate chip pretzel cookie. I once ate two of them in a row.

The Daisy Theatre

Luminato 2013

Watching one of Ronnie Burkett‘s performances is like watching a man seemingly gone mad. Burkett, alone on the stage, seamlessly flips from one voice to the next, and silently maneuvers his hand crafted marionettes characteristically in time to the vocal rhythms of the dialogue. Our focus is on the slight, subtle and humanistic gestures and nature of these puppets, and, without a hint of cliché, they come to life. They are our friends.

The Daisy Theatre, performed at the Berkeley Street Theatre in a cabaret-like setting, is highly energetic, provocative, amusing, and, overall, just a frickin’ good time. Treat yourself and buy some tickets to his performance.

Part of the Luminato Festival
June 14 – 23, 2013 at the Berkeley Street Theatre of Can Stage


Penny Plain at the Factory Theatre in 2012.

Take-Home Suppers

Have there been evenings when you find yourself biking home, hungry, don’t feel like cooking, but you don’t want to eat out anywhere, and all you want is a Real Meal? And eating in your sweat pants while watching the finale of Game of Thrones is what you’ve been thinking about all day? I don’t know about you, but that was me tonight.

Dundas Park Kitchen has answered all of our prayers and good thanks from Thanksgiving of 2012 by offering the world their Take Home Suppers.

This week’s TAKE HOME SUPPER menu:

WHOLE Roasted Chicken $25 | HALF Roasted Chicken $15

Take Home Suppers

Includes a choice of TWO SIDES:

Potato, Cucumber and Grainy Mustard Salad
- OR -
Asparagus and Beet Salad w/ greens and tarragon vinaigrette
- OR -
Rainbow Carrots and Date Dressing

And while you wait, why not enjoy a short pour of Beau’s Lug Tread for $3?

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Come on over and have a seat by the window and watch for the 506 streetcar to accidentally detach itself from the overhead wire and then the TTC guy come out and have to go through the process of re-attaching the streetcar.