From sunny beaches to snowy mountains

 

Food, food and more food!

 

Over indulgence is part of Xmas and I love spending time with family and friends over a glass of wine and good food, probably too much wine!! Now with the fun of Christmas over, I sit here gearing up for a fresh start and looking forward to getting out to play in the snowy mountains.

My family live in Australia, which means I spend most Christmas’s in the sun.  Now whilst I’m obviously not complaining about this, (as the sun, sea and surf make life pretty relaxing), I always look forward to returning to the snow and our Scottish winter.

We all know that the winter’s in Scotland can be harsh and full on at times, an acquired taste some may say, but essentially fun and exhilarating. Although it has to be said I do love it, winter often comes as a bit of a shock to the system. It’s taken me a long time to figure out what makes me come back for more every winter.

My love for the outdoors, the adrenaline rush and excitement of a great ski descent, getting on routes that take you sometimes way out of your comfort zone are obviously a big part of it. No matter how epic these days are, they are nothing without a few key ingredients. Good friends, lots of laughter, a flexible plan and crucially good homemade cake.

Here’s a recipe for a tasty and simple homemade snack. Perfect for a day on the hill,or a warms summer’s day at the beach…. Enjoy

 

No bake – Chocolate, Cashew and Almond slice

Ingredients

75g cocoa powder

60g Almonds (without skin)

280g Cashew Nuts

300g Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped

40g unsweetened Shredded Coconut

2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

A Pinch of sea salt

2 to 3 Tbsp of Cold water

 

Method

Combine chopped dates, cashews, almonds, cocoa powder and sea salt in a food processor. Blend all the ingredients together until coarse.  Add the shredded coconut, a quick blitz, add the vanilla extract and a little water until the mixture is a dry but moist doughy consistency. Scrape out the mixture into a lined tin, spread out evenly and chill for an hour before serving.

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