I’m not sure if any of you caught my Sugar Shack inspired Montage Monday, but it should be a heads up to the slippery slope that I experienced over the weekend. Many of you may be my neighbors to the south in the USA and maybe you can clue me in a little – is pure maple syrup a big thing down there or do many of you only indulge in Aunt Jemima on your pancakes? Honestly speaking, for 98% of the year that is the kind of syrup I use around the house, because a can of the pure stuff is just to expensive to use on a daily basis with the two little ‘jam eaters’ (I love this term coined by my favorite ‘flake’). However, when the spring season sets in and the snow begins to melt my mouth waters for this seasonal treat.
Let me gently fill in my friends from the south as to what ‘sugaring off’ is – it is a Quebec tradition – we head up to the manufacturers of pure maple syrup for a breakfast/brunch of traditional yummy foods (pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage, potatoes, tortiere pie /meat pie, pea soup, sugar pie) and load it up with pure syrup. Usually on the grounds you can see where they boil the syrup and they give you some ‘tire sur la neige’ or maple taffy served on snow with a Popsicle stick. The place we went to had a pricey ticket, but the ambience was magnifique! There was a hay ride pulled along with some huge mammoth work horses, the owner walking around with his timber wolf, many log cabins serving as shops, and the ‘shack’ itself had 3 rooms with seating & live music. It is such a great experience and I encourage anyone visiting the Montreal area in the spring to check it out.
OK, now for everyone out there who follows this segment – did you read the food list? OK, just so we’re straight I think the only healthy thing I mentioned was the pea soup, maybe. You all also know how food generally tastes better with company, and damn did it taste good! I ate, and ate, and ate some more. I drank pure maple syrup from a cup, from a spoon, even put it in my pea soup (yum) and coffee (not so yum). I learned new and inventive ways to eat syrup – place syrup in a mug and dip yummy fresh bread. Also some other ways to eat it that I’m sworn to personal secrecy not to share, I didn’t try this one in fear that it might taste really good. After leaving my tummy was so full & firm that I felt pregnant. I felt full, sick, and dreadfully hung over. No establishment should place a full liter of maple syrup on the table or deep fry their bacon. (yes that was delicious too!), I’m a sucker for the salty/sweet combination.
To make matters worse, the day prior I threw a surprise birthday party for my husband. We have 3 leftover bags of chips in the cupboard, a tin of pirouettes, a full cake in the fridge. This might sound dreadful, but it is impressive that it is all still there. I think I can chalk it up to: after this weekend’s sugar/junk binge I no longer crave it. The idea of it actually makes me a little ill. Maybe this was just what I needed to close that chapter?
The sun is shining, we’re doing Shish Taouk BBq this evening for my SIL’s birthday – the ice cream cake involved makes me cringe – but it will be another healthy day.
How are you doing? Anything ‘bad’ stuff weaknesses you’d like to share? How do you wipe your slate clean and turn the page?
This week’s tweak: getting back to the H2O – I want to drink 2 liters per day again. I felt much better and it might help with these headaches which are probably brought on by dehydration.