It’s as simple as that.
Unfortunately it actually wasn’t that simple. There was a point yesterday where I didn’t think I was going to make it. It started blizzarding in Charlottetown right before we were supposed to take off. And I mean “right” before. Walking from my car into the terminal – no snow. Getting onto the plane – some snow. By take-off time – flat out blizzard.
We did end up leaving…an hour late. I literally had to sprint to make my connecting flight in Toronto. It was almost movie worthy, racing through the airport to catch a plane home for the holidays.
Long story short though, I did make it and I am back in Calgary.
So this post is dedicated to all (well not all, but a lot) of my favorite things that I have missed the past 4 months. Think of it like Oprah’s Favorite Things. Except you, as the audience, don’t get any of them. Sorry, I’m not a billionaire.
First up, Ambrosia apples. Probably my favorite variety ever. And as far as I know, they are only grown in British Colombia. Maybe they are grown out east, I’m not sure. If they are, I have never seen them.
Ambrosia are crisp, sweet and juicy with very little acidity. They are perfect for eating out of hand.
I have a really strange habit of cutting my apples up very thinly. No idea where it came from (I’m fine with biting into them too) but I do it all the time. See that knife right there? It is my designated apple cutting knife.
Sourdough starter, another one of my favorite things. In fact I am such a fan that I even brought some home for Christmas. Yes, I packed it in my suitcase wrapped in 2 layers of paper towel, then coated in masking tape and stowed in a plastic bag. Thanks to my efforts it didn’t leak. However I neglected to feed it before I left. I think it’s dead. Please bubbles, please come back to me. I love you!!! Fingers crossed but at least if it doesn’t survive, I still have an entire tub of starter back in Charlottetown.
This picture is a combination of many favorite things. I quite enjoyed actually putting on normal clothes this morning (instead of chef whites) and doing my hair and make-up, does that sound vain? More importantly there is actually something called snow on the ground! What a concept! And everything is decorated for Christmas, by far my favorite holiday of the year.
Ok now I am going to sound like a spoiled brat. I have really missed having heated seats in my car. First thing I did when I got in my Dad’s Jetta – cranked the dial up to 5.
Then I found these holiday Tic Tacs. They are not one of my favorite things. I hate minty candy but I thought they were festive and picture worthy. Just another sign that Christmas is around the corner!
Driving down Nosehill I saw mountains! Real, snow-covered mountains! And by tonight I will be back in them, getting ready for a ski day tomorrow!
Ok this one is basically ground breaking. I drove on a roadway where the speed limit was over 50 km an hour. Plus merging was required. Never thought I would say that it is one of my favorite things, but Crowchild, you have been missed.
Now the highlight of the day, the destination where we were travelling to, the Calgary Farmer’s Market. Yay!
Look at these gorgeous Ambrosia.
Bought some Sylvan Star Eggs.
And of course, a trip to the market would not be complete without bread at Yum Bakery. We bought a sourdough boule. They are on the very top shelf in the picture.
And of course, cheese buns. The high school I went to was a mere minutes from the market. I would get one of these every Friday for lunch. They are always incredibly fresh. The cheese is real and it tastes like it. The dough also has a touch of sweetness to it which I really enjoy. This place lives up to it’s name. Yum.
More apples, these ones were organic. I decided to go for some Pink Lady’s (the fridge is already stocked full of Ambrosia). I love their tartness.
We also picked up a variety of veggies. Everything from local brussel sprouts, to carrots, to baby fingerling potatoes. The best find though may have to be the Silver Sage Beef. Natural hormone and antibiotic free meat. The pepperoni sticks were awesome and I can’t wait to try the T-bone steak tomorrow for dinner.
Isn’t this exciting – I actually get to cook for myself (and my family) over the holidays which means that I will actually have something to blog about! This is going to be a fun few weeks!