When I picked my daughter up from school today, one of the teachers proclaimed to me that "ça va être trente centimètres de neige ce soir!" I paused in shock and checked my French translation in my head ("yes... trente means thirty, and yes... neige means snow."). I have since checked the weather forecast and confirmed that the French do, indeed, enjoy their dramatic flair, and it will be closer to 10cm, not 30.
Don't get me wrong; I love the snow. I grew up in Ottawa.
But when I lived in Ottawa, I never had to stuff two children into a single bike trailer and drag the thing through snowy sidewalks.
I dread the walk tomorrow. It will apparently turn to rain sometime midday. Just to be funny.
And so, I dream of food that warms the soul and thaws the fingertips. Simple, but comforting food that I can serve to my retreat guests next month.
This menu makes me so happy. Probably because it is infinitely better than my anticipated snowy-icy-windburn excursion tomorrow.
I'm excited to serve homemade ramen for Friday night welcome dinner again. Last year, I did a lot of research and practice runs to learn of a technique that isn't overly labourious. The broth base is a delicious apple and garlic sofrito that I learned from Ivan Orkin's book (an amazing read), and depending on vegetarian attendance this year, I hope to make it with delicious, fatty chicken.
I am also in love with chicken pot pie. It is a long-time love affair: ever since the days of 99-cent Swanson microwaveable pies. For the retreat, I'm making it with a biscuit top: extra fluff to soak up the goodness.
I hope this menu makes you happy, too! The winter retreat is open to anyone who is looking for a productive weekend of crafting -- or simply a weekend to enjoy great food and great company. The early bird price ends in two weeks (January 24th) and I would love nothing more than to tear you away from whatever keeps you busy this winter so you can make some time for your craft. Register here!