So as I hinted at last week, I had an exciting time last weekend, enjoying a mini ski-ing trip to the Italian Dolomites. My ‘Running Buddy 1’ has a significant birthday looming up and so this event was used as the excuse to abandon kids and other halves and jet off for 3 nights to snowier slopes.
I can’t claim to be much of a skier, in fact I am very much a learner, but had sufficient skill to just squeeze over the minimum ability requirement to go. Of course, I was tempted as much by the sheer fact that I would be breathing Italian air as I was excited about the prospect of a bit of shupe-shupe-shuping. As usual the food (and drink) did not disappoint and as we were burning up plenty of calories we were all able to fully indulge in the pasta, pizza, grappa, plates of grilled vegetables and joy of joys Cioko Chups or yep you’ve guessed it – Cakes Pops! They just get everywhere, a global confection.
So we had lots of this:
Quite a bit of this:
Probably a little too much of this:
A boot-ful of these!:
One of these (Not a Cutest Cakes Cake but well Yummy):
I shall pause here obviously as cake is involved. This was a very elaborate creation with many layers of ultra light sponge and crème patisserie. The edge of the cake was coated in nuts and the top decorated with fruit, glaze and chocolate icing. Very Continental and requiring much skill!
The shop this came from was also selling the Cake Pops, completely divine, melt in the mouth little biscuits like these:
and chocolate gifts shaped into a part of the anatomy that I really cannot describe here in print, but it might rhyme with ‘job’. All very bizarre, and in some quarters, extremely amusing. We never really got to the bottom (!) of what that was all about.
So tonight, back at Cutest Cakes HQ we are having Risotto for tea as I am attempting to regroup after a gorgeous weekend away with friends, and carrying a tiny bit of pride as I can finally do parallel turns and have slithered down a red run or two.
I shall print the risotto recipe we are having tonight very soon, credit for it needs to go to ‘Running Buddy 2’ and a very Happy Birthday Running Buddy 1!