I cannot believe how busy I have been since coming back to Calgary for the holidays. I have been skiing, Christmas shopping and I have cooked up a storm (I think my family is glad to have their “chef” back).
Here’s a brief overview of my weekend in pictures.
We went to Sunshine Village on Saturday. This is a picture of Goats Eye Mountain off in the distance.
This one is Standish Mountain.
Me and my dad. Not sure if the hug was a sign of affection or just a method of conserving body heat!
Afterwards we had to stop at the candy store in Banff.
I loaded up on Tootsie Rolls (cherry flavored of course) and caramels.
For dinner it was time to try the Silver Sage Beef. Accompanied by caramelized brussel sprouts, roasted fingerling potatoes and brown butter hollondaise sauce.
I blanched the brussel sprouts first (I boiled them for a few minutes to soften them up a bit, then I shocked them in ice water to retain their beautiful green color).
Then I cooked them in a scorching hot pan with just a splash of grapeseed oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Until they looked like this…and smelled surprisingly like popcorn…
As for the potatoes I kept them super simple as well.
Although I roasted them, I parboiled them first so they wouldn’t take as long in the oven.
This was after 15-20 minutes at about 425 F.
The steak was my dad’s project. Grilled to a perfect medium/medium rare.
And the hollondaise recipe, I think I will leave that for another day. Then I can walk you through it step by step. Have I ever mentioned that I cried the first time I attempted hollondaise? Flat out sobbed. The sauce split and I was devastated. But at least now I know what not to do and I am pretty good at figuring out what to do when something goes wrong! It turned out ok this time so I can sleep easy tonight.