As part of our family's winter bucket list this year Matthew demanded we have a winter feast, a concept enthusiastically endorsed by Elizabeth and Amelia. We've been discussing what exactly constitutes a "winter feast" ever since and finally settled on a menu.
Turns out that a winter feast is a fancy seven course meal as follows:
Starter (Hors d'oeuvre): Garlic Bread
Potage (Soup): Leek and potato
Poisson (Fish): Cucumber, cream cheese and smoked salmon bites
Entrée: Chinese fondue with chicken and beef
Sorbet as palate cleanser
Salades: Caesar Salad
Fromage: Pizza fondue
Dessert: Chocolate fondue and s'mores roasted over the fire
Matthew also wanted to have juice (a big treat here as we rarely have juice), ideally "the kind of fancy juice Amelia's godfather brought us at Christmas". We settled for Fruitopia and Lorianne's Sunrise drink (lemonade with grenadine).
Eating in front of the fire was deemed the ultimate in fancy but Matthew agreed we could eat some of the courses at the table with Lorianne's silver candelabra.
Elizabeth decided she wanted to dress up for the feast and put on her fanciest dress.
The kids thought it wouldn't be a feast if it was just our family, so Oliver and Lorianne joined us for the feast. Lorianne was able to put her etiquette knowledge to good use and told the kids many many stories during dinner based on story prompts provided by the kid. We heard "The Lady and the Tiger", "the girl that found a friend" (it was a duck, and she did not eat him at the end), "the tiger that wanted to fly" and "the scared kitten in the tree". I told them my grandpa's favourite Lady and the Tiger limerick ("There once was a Lady from Niger") and about the Jungle Doctor's monkey who tried to lift himself out of the swamp by his whiskers.