Sunday, April 22, 2007

Wonderful Waterloo Weekend!

Rose, Noreen and I went to visit Sheena for a wonderful Waterloo weekend. We had not been up there for a long time and it brought back memories of our good old uni days. Sheena and Scott have a lovely, spacious, beautifully decorated apartment. They were fabulous hosts and made sure we had an amazing time. We got very lucky with the weather and made sure we spent most of out time outside for one of the first hot days of the year.

I'm not sure how the guy in the red shirt managed to be in both of those pictures from each side of the picnic table. Haha!

To start off the beautiful day we went to St. Jacob's Farmer's Market for lunch. St. Jacobs is run by the Mennonite community. They are simple people who do not like to use technology (depending on how orthodox they are) and try not to be vain by flaunting weath or beauty.
There were many food stalls with homemade items to choose from. Sheena and I ended up getting the homemade pierogies filled with cheddar cheese and potato served with onions and sour cream. They were delicious!

The market was filled with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods. Rose bought some maple syrup to give her relatives in Sweden when she goes to visit in the summer.
You can see the buggy in the background with is the main mode of transportation for many Mennonites.



Sheena and Scott are looking at some of the homemade baked goods on display. The pies look so good. I want to make a pie from scratch one day. Anyone have a good recipe? I'm a little confused as to why the bagel sign has the word fresh in quotation marks.










Here are some pictures of the beautiful produce available at the market. You can see the cute baby eggplant below.























I loved the gorgeous fresh flower selection as well! It was a great deal- 3 bunches for $10!






















After lunch we went to the village and walked around. It was full of quaint shops with lovely arts and crafts. There was a nice food store called the Farm Pantry- Gourmet Foods and Maple Products. I saw many products that are carried in Whole Foods there. They even carried the spice box, anjarapettai, that Kanchana blogged about! I wonder what the Mennonites use it for?






We stopped by the Bakery as well and saw the delicious baked goods on display.










Then we went to a lovely little chocolate shope! Sheena and Rose got some Turkish delight which was soo fresh and soft. I got some Maple fudge and took it to work where it was devoured!




















We went to a cute crafts store that had beautiful pottery and wood work for sale. I really wanted to see the corn dollies so the girls and I wandered through the whole building looking for them. We got a bit confused and thought the wheat things were called corn dollies but then we finally found them. I think they are so pretty and artistic. Hard to believe it is only made of corn husks!































































What a great day to spend walking around outside!

We made up a cheese plate with brie, havarti and an aged cheddar on a marble lazy susan for Sheena. It looked much prettier before we started eating. I love the pepper jelly from Whole Foods!







Sheena's boyfriend Scott made us an amazing vegetarian dinner. He is a trained chef and won us all over with his culinary prowess! We were such lucky girls!

To start off we had a Greek inspired salad with a beautiful large leaf of lettuce arranged artfully on the plate, tomatoes, feta, apples for bitterness and a perfect vinaigrette to balance out the taste. We were so impressed we ate it immediately and I forgot to take a picture. Trust me, it was really good.

Next we had handmade ravioli with wild mushrooms and a white wine cream sauce and shaved parmesan. It was soooooo good. I love mushrooms. Scott was a little disappointed he forgot to add some enoki mushrooms on top for garnish but it still looked awesome.










Dessert was certainly the piece de resistance! It was a gorgeous vanilla crème caramel with apricot and strawberry compote made with delicious spring berries purchased from the Farmer's Market that morning. The vanilla was from real vanilla bean pods. The aroma is so much sweeter and richer. I was so surprised! We were truly satisfied after that! I learned the difference between a compote and a coulis is that a compote has whole berries whereas a coulis is more like a puree.

I got the recipe for crème caramel to share with you all. I will upload it soon. Scott used his school text book for it but he also has this cool software called ChefTec with all of the recipes on it. You type in the number of people you are cooking for and it changes the quantity of ingredients for you!! So impressive!

Sheena and Scott, thank you so much for our amazing Waterloo trip! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again:)

4 comments:

marriedtoadesi.com said...

What an amazing trip! I wish I could have been there. I think the dinner sounds spectacular!! Sheena is lucky... I've heard a lot about St.Jacobs. Thanks for sharing!

Adonia said...

Yummm... sounds like a delicious trip

A said...
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Savithri said...

I think I accidentally deleted Anjali's comment! Sorry!!

Here it is:
"Wish I could've been there! Pics look great!"

Anj, I will go up with you again! It was super fun:)

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