Today I had to dig deeper, and dig I did; all the way to the Canadian men’s Olympic ice hockey team, and what they ate 11 days before winning the gold medal at this years winter Olympics.
According to Macleans.ca, Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine, the men’s Olympic team dined at db Bistro Moderne on the evening of February 17th, eleven days before lifting the gold medal. Arriving in an unmarked white bus, the team tucked into a family style buffet of duck pate en croute, duck prosciutto and the house’s signature “Chop Chop” salad (don’t ask).
Canada's Ladie's and Men's 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winning teams
Last night’s Pembroke Hockey Club dinner was in celebration of our very own men’s and women’s teams who compete on grass, not ice. Field hockey differs from ice hockey in several ways (other than the obvious). One of the major differences between field hockey and ice hockey is the size and shape of the stick used. In field hockey, the sizes of the stick range in length from 26 to 38 inches, depending on the height of the player. In ice hockey, the lengths of the sticks are based on a measurement taken from a player's nose to the ground. Uniforms are also very different, with field hockey played with next to no protection at all.
Fortunately, a layer of puff pastry, specially designed to prevent burning of the puck shaped onion ring, protected last night’s goat’s cheese and red onion Tarte Tatin;-) This lovely starter, obviously chosen for its hockey(ish) shape was served with mixed leaves and balsamic syrup.
Following on from the puckish starter, we served guinea fowl with broccoli, Dauphinoise potatoes and rosemary jus. Vegetarians were served a risotto of ceps and Parmesan.
God (the really first hockey player) decides he'd like to play a friendly game against the team from hell.
He phones the devil and asks, "Are you interested in a game of hockey?"
"Why not?" replies the devil. "I'm warning you, though. You'll never win."
"Well, we have the best players of all time!" says God.
"I know," says the devil.
"But we have all the umpires!"