February is more than halfway through, so I’m definitely late posting my favourites from last month, but here goes anyways:
While thinking back through the month, I decided to focus on the food! Being back to a normal grey-rainy winter can mean not getting out and seeing many new things. Luckily it also means it’s comfort-food weather, which I can appreciate.
1. Burn’s Supper: I had my very first Burn’s Night! Not just in Scotland. Ever. And I got to have not one, but two, so I feel very lucky because it’s a simple meal but very tasty. It also totally embodies the Nordic concept of “Hygge” that everyone is so obsessed with lately because you’re having a wonderful meal with good company.
2. Borscht: I made a massive pot of borshct. And not just any borscht, Doukhobor borscht. There was/is a large Doukhobor population in British Columbia, Canada. And while I didn’t grow up in that particular region of the province, my mother did and it seems that everyone who has lived there loves the cooking of the Doukhobors and craves it once they’ve moved away, so we had this soup quite a few times during our own childhoods. It’s lovely and filling and definitely comforting with some buttered crusty bread!
3. The Rum Shack: I went to my very first pub quiz last month. It was much more fun than I was expecting, but even better was The Rum Shack around the corner! I love rum and they have some amazing cocktails and some great choices just for sipping as well.
4. Pies: Chris and I went to Aberdeen for a few days at the beginning of last month. I saw proper snow for the first time in a very long time, but we also had some really fantastic food! We had amazing Thai food that was so fresh Chris actually ate prawns (he usually avoids seafood). I also found a little bakery while I was out on my own and had my first macaroni pie and brought back pineapple tarts for Chris – his favourite. Before the drive back home we went to another bakery and got the best banoffee pie I’ve had so far. I really wish we had gotten two…