Well, in two days I will turn 50 and this weekend was a time for me and some good friends.

It began with me first baking some “Gooey Chocolate Cakes” because
Andrea was coming Friday night to stay over before we left for Ottawa Saturday morning. And what is a sleepover without chocolate!

She wanted chocolate and wine when she arrived and I would have to say these were DEFINITELY chocolate!

Oh, and the wine was good too!

You mix together 1/3 cup flour, 3 Tbsp. Cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Set that aside while you melt, in a bowl,  over a saucepan of gently simmering water, 4 oz. coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate and 8 Tbsp. butter.  Stir occasionally until they are melted. Remove from pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk 2 large eggs and 1 large egg yolk.  Add 6 Tbsp. of sugar until well blended.  Add the dry ingredients with a whisk then little by little, and using a “light” hand….(strange phrase, just be careful you don’t beat the snot out of it, I think), stir in the chocolate mixture.

Divide batter evenly among the 6 muffin cups and sprinkle with 1 oz. finely chopped chocolate.

Bake for 13 minutes, YEP, just 13 minutes and you can sink your teeth into the most scrumptious, chocolately mouthful of heaven!

Okay, a bit longer than 13 minutes but not like hours…

Remove from 400 degree oven a let cool for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, unmold the cakes onto plates.

Gooey!! and Gooey!! but so good!


This was me putting in time, waiting for Andrea to arrive so I could sink my teeth into these.  They were chocolately goodness.

So after Andrea and I ate these and felt sick to our stomachs, we went to bed.

I was pretty excited as I had planned a weekend away with 5 women and we were going to a cooking class.  I know you find that hard to believe that I would like to do that… but shockingly enough, it was my idea!

Saturday morning arrived and off we went to pick up Lori in Kemptville.

Here we all are ready to drive to Ottawa.  Very hard to get six women to stop chatting to get a picture

but… we finally did.

Our first stop was the Rideau Centre downtown Ottawa, because what is a weekend away without a bit of shopping.  Am I right????

Then we headed over to the B&B we were going to stay at Saturday night.

We checked in a had a tea/coffee and chilled for a bit.  Unbeknownst to them, I had made aprons for each of them and myself to wear when we went to the class.  So, I headed up to my room to get the gifts for them before we made the 6 minute walk over to the cooking class.

Super easy, made out of  tea towels with a ruffle on the bottom. They were SUCH fun to make!

I think they were pleased with the Aprons, I sure was! And here we all are sporting our colors.

Lori thought we should just wear them down the street but someone decided that wasn’t such a good idea.  I won’t say who it was.  Just so you know, I would have done that in a heart beat.

Here we arrive at C’est Bon Cooking School.  I would have to say the BEST Cooking school.  But, then again I haven’t been to any other one but I think you would be hard-pressed to find one as good as this one.

We had so much fun cooking together and learning some things we may not have know or even if we did it didn’t matter.

The atmosphere was fabulous.  Andre Rouffe was superb and Richard was just, well, Richard.  Everyone needs a Richard.

Below are many pictures. View them, comment on them or just shut the blog down, the choice is yours.  I won’t know what you have done, but if you have read this blog, I would love a comment just so I know all my words are not completely a waste.  But, then again, I do this more for me than anyone else, so not to worry.

The Apron we were supposed to wear:

All ready for us.  A beautiful kitchen, who wouldn’t want to cook here??

Eager to learn

Trying not to cut my fingers off.  Sharp knives make SUCH a difference

Eggplant Cavier, Divine

Sundried Tomato, tasty

Olive Tapenade, delish

                                     One of many plates that were eaten

Taste testing was the BEST part

Vegetable Tian, mouth-watering.    Quite the process to put them together

       Stacked vegetables some with Goat Cheese, some without, all good

Provencal Lamb Chops, thick and delectable

Throughout the night, there was Richard.  We all want a Richard.  He basically did all the dishes, cleaned up our messes and cleaned away our plates and took pictures. Not these ones but others, too many to post.

 Full in my heart and in by stomach.  An exceptional time.

 Last, but certainly not least.  Sabayon (i.e. dessert)

A great rendition of Happy Birthday and desert was consumed.  Luscious!

I know I said it many times this weekend but I am so thankful for those of you who came to celebrate my 50th with me.  It truly was one of the best birthday’s I have had thus far and I contribute that to the amazing company I had the pleasure to share it with.

My heart is truly full.

Until we meet again

50 Years of Living

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