As you can probably tell from the number of times I blog about cooking, I also enjoy preparing food. This love of food has been handed down to all five of my kids, and in Alexandra's case it has become a career choice.
She attends the culinary arts program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). She is in her final term at TRU and it is a demanding one. The students run a restaurant called Accolades. This restaurant is not what you might expect from a group of chefs-in-training. From TRU's web page:
"This hidden gem offers some of the best cuisine in Canada. Accolades was awarded the “stars of excellence” twice from the national restaurant guide, Where to Eat in Canada."
Tuesday night Jay and I had dinner at this "hidden gem." My first thought as we were seated at our table was that I had seriously underdressed for the occasion. (This is not the first time in my life I have had this thought.) I had assumed exchanging jeans for cords along with upgrading my plain hand knit socks to ones with a fancy pattern would be good enough. The problem was I had upgraded my wardrobe for a three fork dining experience but this turned out to be a five fork establishment. Looking across the table at my husband did manage to give me some comfort. He had clearly been thinking along the lines of a one fork place which bumped me from the unenviable position of being the worst dressed customer in the restaurant.
If the place setting wasn't enough of a clue as to how much I had underestimated this restaurant, the menu left no doubt. There were four courses, along with an amuse-bouche for starters, and a sorbet palette cleanser between the third and fourth courses. I had never even heard of an amuse-bouche. What can I say? I am a farm girl from northern Idaho. I don't think Idaho has amuse-bouche.
|House Made Italian Sausage Ravioli|
Apple Squash Puree
|Lemon Ginger Broth with Pork Won Ton|
|Pan Seared BC Spot Prawns|
|Lamb: Confit, Loin, and Sausage|
Turned Saffron Westwald Potatoes
I'm a little embarrassed about this next item. I started eating my dessert the minute it was placed in front of me, and it wasn't until it was almost gone that I remembered to take a picture. Hazelnut white chocolate cheesecake can do that to a person.
Newly Minted Chef, Complete With Attitude