We are now in Chatel, France
Sorry for the lengthy delay in posting. I left Chile early due to the fact that I twisted my ankle AGAIN!! We were just going to the station to catch a bus to the Chilean Lake District and ‘wham over I went’. So I flew home three weeks early, wallowed in self-pity for a week, and then got on with my recovery. Thank you to Stuart at Physio Impulse who helped me get sorted. Acupuncture and strengthening exercises. I still have joint pain when I overdue it but I am improving. John stayed in South America until the 13th of Nov. When he came home we stayed at Lyn and Howard’s house whilst they were away in Burma and India. It was lovely to be back in our old neighborhood. As usual we were wined and dined by our lovely friends.
We left the UK for France (via Switzerland) on the 28th of Nov. We bought a secondhand Volvo that we filled up to the brim with skiing and outdoor gear (sadly since getting here the car has been in the local garage!!!! The engine just cuts out when you are driving!). We stayed at Trisha & Angus’s chalet in Switzerland for five days, practicing baking and cooking. We were able to leave them some Leeky chicken, potato croquettes and lemon polenta cake in their freezer. Actually I think I will share the recipe with you as it is a FANTASTIC cake:
Syrupy Lemon Polenta Cake:
300g butter softened
300g caster sugar
300g finely ground almonds
zest of 2 lemons
5 large eggs
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp icing sugar
Preheat oven to 180C, grease and line a 25cm round baking tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until light & fluffy. Add ground almonds, polenta and zest. Now add an egg at a time, beating well after each egg to ensure the mix is smooth. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. After a few minutes turn onto a cooling rack, prick the base and pour over the syrup.
For the Syrup:
Heat the juice of 1 lemon with 2 tbsps of icing sugar, stirring together until boiling. Allow to cool and then drizzle over the top of the cake.
We limped our way from Grimentz to Chatel (the car stalled twice coming down the hill). We stopped at a Volvo garage and they gave us some suggestions for what may be wrong.
When we finally arrived in Chatel we unpacked our stuff and put our luggage away!!!! Yippppeee we actually have a home for 5 months.
We are expecting our guests to arrive soon so I must dash. There isn’t much snow at the moment but John did go skiing this morning and said that the conditions were surprisingly good at Avoriaz. I will post again soon!