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Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sunday we started off by checking out a local church, then after lunch we headed to Henley-on-Thames which is a very quaint town a few miles from here. They had a fantastic French market on for the weekend, all of the vendors were from Normandy and only come up once every 4-5 months. It was fabulous! They had so many of the wonderful things we ate in France. Pastries, which reminded me of the little bakery in Couiza we went each morning, and all different flavours of biscuits just like the shop in Carcassone, though the macaroons here were absolutely to die for! Dried fruit, meats, cheeses, nuts, flowers, thy had a little bit of everything. And of course the vendors were all French, so we got to practice our second language like good Canadians :)

Monday we decided to have a Thanksgiving dinner, since we are all Canadians and a long way from home. Now, imagine the amount of work and preparation that goes in to your average thanksgiving dinner...now, imagine preparing it all with a Swiss Army knife! That's right folks: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roast parsnips, and a pumpkin pie made from scratch. Have you ever tried cutting a fresh pumpkin with a 2 inch knife? I think not. Well, then you haven't lived I tell ya!

Ben & Ange have rented a fully furnished house for November, but in the meantime it doesn't make sense to go and buy a whole bunch of things they won't need in a few weeks. So we have been very creative with the cooking. I have to say though, I was pretty impressed when the pumpkin pie turned out to be not only edible, but quite good! Though not as good as my dad's unfortunately, since his is the best in the world. However, I have never seen him trying to make one with a swiss army knife...hmm, maybe we will have to have a challenge at Christmas this year. A head-to-head pie competition!

The dinner turned out to be a success, and the two guests that came (another Canadian and a Brit) didn't look green when they left, so that's a good sign. I do have to say that I am looking forward to cooking in a well stocked kitchen when I get home though! And using proper knives. It does go to show though, it isn't the size that matters, but what you do with it that counts ;)
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