In 2012 my sister married the love of her life. I wish I could honestly say that at the time I was nothing but happy for her, but I wasn't. I, honestly, didn't know how I felt about LGBT marriage and felt conflicted because I loved my sister and I wanted to support her but didn't know if that was good for her. I'm ashamed to admit that now because my sister married a wonderful woman who supports and loves her. Thankfully, this didn't get in her way of loving me. She was patient even though she had every right not to be. When I finally changed what I believed about gay marriage I've been nothing but supportive, without hesitancy; the way it should be. We just had a wonderful visit with them and had a wonderful thanksgiving feast.
Even though I had this internal conflict, I was honoured that she asked me to cater her wedding. I, of course, said yes and quickly began work on the menu. I realized early on that it was going to be more complicated than I expected as I didn't live in Norway. The ocean can get in the way of things when you're trying to plan a fantastic meal; a meal that represented both countries well. With some research and inspiration I came up with a menu I was truly proud of. Fortunately salmon and lamb are both readily available in Canada and Norway and once I had figured that out I knew what I was going to do.
(Sorry for the crappy pictures. This happened WAY before I ever thought I would have a food blog.)
Maple Whiskey Salmon Gravlax with a Maple and Mustard Vinaigrette Salad.
(recipe can be found HERE)
Mint stuffed Leg of Lamb with Rutabaga Mash, Steamed Green Beans and a Minted Jus.
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Coulis and Creme Angliase
One of the things I loved about my sister's wedding was it truly was a family affair. Each family member played a part making the day a success. The wedding cake and dresses were made by my Mom. The food was catered by my Dad and myself with the help of Gunhild's 8 year old niece. Jessica, my other sister, along with the other bridesmaids and family members did an outstanding job of decorating the hall and table centre pieces. Gunhild's parents took care of securing the venue and ran numerous errands. Finally, the brides did a bunch of stuff that I don't remember. The wedding was small, just 50 people, so it made it possible for us to do everything.
Although it was small it took a lot of work for my Dad and myself. Looking back on that day and the week leading up to it, it was the most fulfilling and proud experience I've had in a kitchen.
The rest of the trip was spent touring Norway's beautiful country side. We saw beautiful old Churches, what seemed like a million waterfalls, and abandoned German bunkers from World War II. It was a great trip spending time together and celebrating the marriage of my sister and sister-in-law.