With Audrey's sister Vera out from Ontario, their folks decided to bring their 55th (!) wedding anniversary observances up from the summer, and booked a banquet room at the Heritage Inn in High River to host the affair. Their place is still being fixed from 2013`s floods, so they arranged for us to stay at the Inn as well as Audrey's other sister, Betty, and her family as well, which I thought was awfully decent of them!
Sadly, Fenya and I had to depart at noon on Saturday due to a previously scheduled rehearsal, but we went out there a day early and got to spend some time visiting and playing games with Oma and Opa.
Friday afternoon, Vera and Audrey wasted no time preparing to make the traditional Dutch New Year's treat of oliebollen, a type of deep fried pastry, often filled with fruit like raisins or apples.
Before too long, ice cream buckets lined with paper towels and overflowing with hot, tasty oliebollen made their way to the table where the girls and I were playing dominoes with Oma and Opa. Dishes of icing sugar for dipping soon followed, and we spent much of the afternoon gorging ourselves on this decadent and greasy delicacy.
Sadly, despite the confidence that comes from Audrey having made the dish independently, I am not sure if our house will ever see fresh oliebollen; Oma uses a huge cast iron cauldron to heat the oil, and I am unsure if we have anything that would have sufficient volume and depth.
You know, yet.