They are the kind of friends that we are very comfortable spending time with...
we are all very relaxed and casual...
I think that is the sign of a great friendship... one does not need to "put on airs" or dress up.
Many conversations, walking and seeing some local sights were all part of our time spent together.
Friday evening we went out for martini's and sushi at The Oak Bay Marina.
Saturday after breakfast we did some marketing.
Cheryl and I decided that we wanted to cook a rack of lamb
to go with the exquisite 2004 vintage St Emilion grand cru that they brought home from France.
A visit to Slater's butcher shop for the Frenched rack of lamb.
Chiarelli's (the best deli in Victoria), for our assorted cheeses
Peppers Grocers for the fresh vegetables.
We also went to Hatley Castle and had a wonderful walk in the sunshine
(post to follow soon)
Olive the Senses for an olive oil and vinegar tasting and some purchases
and a quick stroll through Silk Road Tea Company for some teas.
The recipe is straight forward and has clear instructions
our results were delicious!
The racks were "Frenched" by the butcher
making it look very professional when entwined.
Truffle mashed potatoes
french style bean with almonds
Rack of lamb Persillade
followed by a cheese course
caramelized onion cheddar
Pecorino with Pepper
The mashed potatoes were easy peasy
boil peeled spuds
mash and add 1 tablespoon truffle oil
2 tbsp. butter
then fold in one shaved truffle.
Dinner was a wonderful combination of flavours
and clean up went swiftly with many hands.
We had a lovely walk at Mount Douglas Summit and looked out over the city and the Gulf islands beyond
before driving out to Island View Beach for another stroll.
We worked up an appetite for lunch and enjoyed The Noodle Box in Sidney before taking them to the ferry.
It's been a whirlwind of fun.
The leftover lamb is simmering now as Scotch Broth Soup
and the washer and dryer are humming ever so quietly.
I'm excited about The Hatley Castle Post
the stately home and grounds reminds me of Downton Abbey...
oh and it's the season finale is tonight!
Hope that you have enjoyed your weekend.