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Spending the weekend at Red Mountain, near Rossland, BC with my father and his wife. He is going to a medical conference tomorrow to satisfy his training requirements - although he's 74, he still practices nuclear medicine on a part time basis in Trail. And he still skis, a little bit.

Colleen, my distinctly not-evil stepmother, has turned into a remarkably good cook. I think her skills have now exceeded mine. Last night's seafood fettuccine was amazing enough, with its high lemon notes against a base of rich buttery scallops and prawns. But tonight - oh my God, I think I will just turn into a vegetarian now, since meat is never going to be the same again.

The butcher at the Huckleberry Market in Christina Lake gets Alberta beef, and he provided us with a two-rib prime rib, which we ate tonight, that has utterly ruined me. It's not so much the fine flavor and the fork-tender softness - it's the delicate, lacy texture of the flesh that makes it so exquisite. I have never seen a rare-cooked cut fall apart like that. Really, I have never had anything remotely like it, and now I understand why so many midwesterners complain about the beef on the West Coast.

I have to re-think my cooking now. It's not just the ingredients, it's also a certain hand with oils and seasonings that makes it feel like a true millionaires dinner. Eating like this every night would surely be fatal, but after a day on the slopes it's just the ticket.

Date: 2013-02-22 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know many people that have meat as a small percentage of their diets but when visiting Alberta, make sure they have Alberta beef. It's so good. Say what you will about their politics and all but their beef is good.

It's funny visiting Calgary. You go to someone's place for supper and each person is given a 5cm thick steak that covers their plate. Couldn't do it everyday but once in a awhile is nice.

Date: 2013-02-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perhaps cooking with step-mom would be a learning experience and fun too


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