and then it's all about the smelly wet dogWell, yes, they did eventually put the Coronas down, honest! (Although I must say I've booked Skeena a grooming appointment for Friday -- time for the real thing, an annual event at best since it's such an endeavour to get her off island)
After they'd swum with the jellyfish, thrown sticks forever, and washed said dog, they let me cook for them. I say this sincerely since they both cook for a living and could no doubt have done a much more efficient job. Just for their visit, I bought a gorgeous Emile Henry tagine to serve 6 and I made Moroccan lamb shanks. Instead of lamb shanks, though, I grabbed some shank portions that Thrifty's had marked $5.00 off and got Megan to butcher them for me. She browned them off while I fried the onions, carrots, and garlic, added cumin, coriander, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chili paste, tomato paste, finally added the lamb and deglazed that pan with some red wine, added a can of tomatoes to the whole thing and threw it all in the oven. Two and a half hours later, we had a fine-tasting tagine to serve with the couscous I made (with almonds, currants, and shallots). Meanwhile, I'd made a blackberry pie with berries I'd picked after my run that morning--a productive day except that all the production was consumed! (Well, not completely, we have some leftovers in the fridge and pantry if you want to stop by -- lots of pie and ice cream left!)
Yesterday they got up early to catch the 7 a.m. ferry so he could catch his 8:20 flight back to Vancouver. We spent the rest of the day taking it easy -- she played with my hair, showing me how to put it up using hair bands and bobby pins for a new look which I might even try on my own. Having daughters is great for that little push to try something different. Today, I have to go to town for a department meeting (it's all starting again, groan!) and then a hair appointment in the afternoon. When I get back, apparently a meal of homemade ravioli will be waiting for me as well as a visit with a very cute wee person (Megan's friend, Caitlin, is coming over with baby Ava whom you saw before in the sweater I knit her. Plus unless things go apeshit at my husband's office, he'll be home tonight to get started on a long weekend -- it's our anniversary tomorrow!