Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Christmas Trees and Staff Party

Okay, so yesterday was not much better jetlag-wise. Both of us were awake at 4am, so we decided to get up and have a coffee. Today, my sleep routine seems to be getting back to normal. I slept until 9am. Thank goodness!

Back to Canada.

On the Monday after our arrival, we went to my Mom’s and helped her put up her Christmas tree. I was happy to see that my Mom still had most of the ornaments that I knew as a child and they were still in the original boxes. I wish I had taken my camera on that day. Some are over 40 years old, but have still kept their original beauty! It brought back many beautiful memories.
After having decorated the tree to our satisfaction, we took Mom out for dinner at Stephanie’s, a local restaurant and the best bar and grill in the area. We were taken to a table right next to a cosy wood fireplace. Of course, Orange had to have Canadian beef! He was drooling already when he saw it on the menu. I’m still amazed at the huge portions served in Canada (and the US, for that matter). I love food, but can only have small portions at a time. The meal was great, but as usual, much too much for me (and I hate taking a doggy-bag).

On the 20th Dec., Orange had a meeting planned in Toronto, so my Dad and I drove him to the airport and I got to spend the day in Ottawa with my Dad for some Christmas shopping. We picked O-X up again the same evening and drove home for dinner, or supper, as we eastern (?) Canadians would say.

The next day, I had a job to do. Colette had invited her staff from the golf club (a.k.a. “the girls”) for dinner and I had offered to cook the main course. She loves baking and making deserts, but is not too fond of cooking. I’m not so good at baking, but I love to cook, so one could call it a win-win situation. Soon after I had made the proposal, O-X and my Dad offered to take over the position of maître d's. We thought it was a nice idea, since the girls are usually the ones waiting on people.

Colette started baking cookies and preparing her deserts and appetizers. I took over in the afternoon and prepared the main course consisting of chicken breasts en croûte with a ground hazelnut stuffing served with green beans and cherry tomatoes.

The girls started arriving around 5:30pm and every time the doorbell rang, Orange-X made his way to the door to greet the guests, introduced himself (many didn’t know him at all) and took their coats. In the meantime, my Dad started serving the hors d’oeuvres and Orange was taking orders for drinks while I was making the last preps for the main course.

After a while, Dad escorted the ladies to the dining room table that Colette had so meticulously arranged and the feast began. The soup was served, then the main course and finally the deserts. My dad and Colette don’t have a huge house, so even with all the hustle and bustle of serving, I’m happy to report that there were no major collisions or broken glasses.

Here are a few picts of the evening:

(clockwise from left to right) Colette, Linda, Lise, Madame Coco (also a Colette), Sylvie and Darquise





















It was a fun evening and we really enjoyed playing "waiters" for them. They're a great bunch.

We'll be back with more soon!

14 comments:

Ginnie said...

You really know how to do it up big, dear Ms. CS! That table spread with all the ladies around it (except you!) is spectacular. I know the men-folk were having a ball just as much as you. How fun. Thanks for sharing. :)

CanadianSwiss said...

The table wasn't my doing, Ginnie. That was Colette. All I did was cook the main course :) And believe it or not, the three of us ate in the kitchen and joined in only after the meal, but we had a little party of our own.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Sounds like a splendid evening that will be fondly remembered by all attendees! I love those special occasions when friends and family get together with some good food, a few drinks, and fun conversation. Cheers!

merlinprincesse said...

That's sooo fun to have an only girls party! :) I would like to have seen those old Chrishmas Decorations! :) I have a few myself that my mom gave to moi! :)

Colon Blow said...

Hmmm....some of the ladies eyes look almost closed. What was Orange-X putting in those drinks???

Expat Traveler said...

Looks like a fun time. I love gatherings like that! ;-)

CanadianSwiss said...

Ex-Shammi: I love them, too. It was a real fun evening and very entertaining for all.

MP: I'll make sure to take some picts of the tree deco next Christmas.

CB: Enough power, that's for sure ;)

ET: It sure was (even the serving bit) ;)

Expat Traveler said...

thanks for the bday wishes.. :)

Shelli said...

That is so cool and it looks like it was a lot of fun, too. Awesome.

CanadianSwiss said...

ET: Have a great day, my friend :)

Shelli: It was so much fun "catering" for them. That's something I'd do anytime. Invite me! I'll take care of it! :)

ritadaphné said...

Miam...Miam....Ce poulet farci en croûte me semble des plus délicieux!...Et que de joie sur ces beaux visages!...

CanadianSwiss said...

Merci, Ritadaphné. C'est un plat savoureux et facile à faire. :-)

Babsbitchin said...

Every single one of these people has a good aura. I hope you had a lovely time, truly I do!

CanadianSwiss said...

They do, Babs. I hope to be back home soon.