Pumpkin is a perfect ingredient for a rustic recipe. With the kids due back from school (it’s absolutely pouring outside), they’ll definitely need a little warming up with some comfort food… The Dough 300g/10oz flour 1 tsp salt 100g/3.5oz butter 10 tbsp water The Filling 1 Onion 1kg/ 2.2lbs Pumpkin The Topping 3 Eggs 3dl/0.6pt Milk a couple of twigs of thyme nutmeg, salt & Pepper pumpkin seeds Make the dough and leave to chill for about 30 minutes. In the meantime chop up the onions finely and the pumpkin into rough cubes. Fry the onions until slightly brown. Steam the Pumpkin for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven at 250°C/ 482°F. When done, roll the dough out and put it in your pie tray. Layer the onions on the base and cover with the pumpkin. Pour the Topping over it all and garnish with pumpkin seeds and thyme. Bake for 25-30 minutes. …and as you can see, it goes down very well with a little (or in some cases a lot) of grated cheese… …the …
After a very stormy morning (a great big puddle in front of our caravan door). We couldn’t wait to stretch our legs and explore the shore line of Lake Constance. So as soon as the rain stopped, we got (our thankfully dry) walking boots out and set off towards the next village of “Langenargen”. From the marina next to our campsite, we went on the suspension bridge over the river “Argen”… …to the next marina “BMK Yachthafen”… …and from there, along the lakeside to “Langenargen”. After all that exploring, we all deserved an ice cream!
After spending my childhood holidays camping and now taking our kids camping, we have decided that it’s time to upgrade. Goodbye to damp tents and punctured airbeds…hello warm, dry, cosy caravan. Let the adventures begin! After hitching up the caravan and driving for three hours (mainly on the motorway but towards the end we had a couple of roundabouts, quite a challenge!) to “Kressbronn” where we are spending our autumn break at a campsite on the shore of Lake Constance. While we set up our camp, the kids disappeared off to do some exploring… …we hadn’t seen them for while (I went to take some pics while they where busy). Only for them to turn up a couple of hours later wanting food. We hadn’t quite worked out how everything in the kitchen worked (gas cooker the least of our problems, water pumps and fridge needed to be set up). So instead of reading the manual (a big, fat file), we treated them and ourselves to a meal out. A perfect start to our holiday!
I came home yesterday evening from the kids training, to find a bowl brimming with delicious, luscious raspberries on my doorstep. It didn’t take me long to find out where they came from…due to a missed call on my mobile. My very lovely, elderly neighbours (am I allowed to call them that? They are over eighty!) dropped them by. So I just couldn’t resist making this post… The Ingredients 1 bowl of raspberries 1 bottle of raspberry sirup/squash 500g/ 2 cups mascarpone or philadelphia 500g/ 2 cups low fat curd cheese 400g/ 13.5 ozs sponge biscuits 1 bunch of mint Mix the mascarpone and the curd cheese together and put half the mixture in a separate bowl. Stir in a couple of handfuls of raspberries and a dollop of sirup into to one of the bowls to create the raspberry creme. Lay the sponge fingers into the form (25x15cm) and soak with the sirup, spoon the raspberry creme over them and place another layer of sponge fingers on top, drizzle some sirup over the sponge fingers …
Today is our last day of our summer holidays, which also means our last hike. We took the train this morning from “Zuoz” (the village we’re staying in) to “La Punt-Chaumues-ch”. From there we hiked up the hill. The first half in the bright sunshine with the temperature at about 25°C/ 77°F (which felt a lot hotter), the second half of the climb (thank goodness) was in the woods! When we got to the top, we followed the path above “Madulain”… …down to a little stream, where we had some lunch. Feeling refreshed, we took off on our last leg of the hike to “Zuoz”. Even if we’re a bit tired after a hike, it’s always worth the effort!
We can’t sit still…as you might of gathered. After hiking and biking (sorry no bike post, as it’s difficult to take pics while climbing up and whizzing down hills), it’s time for some climbing at the climb park in Pontresina. After a safety introduction it was time to hit the ropes. The younger children (4-6 years old) go on a course that’s about 1.5-2m/5-6.5ft above the ground, the older ones (7-8 years old) are up at about 2-5m/6.5-16.5ft and our oldest was up in the trees at 5-15m/16.5-49ft!!! We can’t hang around all day…😉 We’ve got a little person in our family that loves horses. Well to be honest, as soon as they get to close, she gets a bit intimidated by there size. That’s why she decided to go pony riding instead, only to realise that they where to big too, so she ended up on a…donkey! With her older brother joining in for support…they were off! While they enjoyed their little ride, we took a look around the stables. After a short …
After all the hiking we did in the past week, we decided to have a break. So we took the kids to the restaurant “Lej da Staz”. There they have a little outdoor stage, where on Sunday afternoons, a story is told. Today it was the well known classic “Heidi”. And of course we couldn’t let the kids miss out on an ice cream (well not only the kids, but as I’m behind the camera you can’t see mine)… …after the story, it was time for a dip in the 19°C/ 66°F mountain lake… …with thunderclouds gathering on the horizon and everyones teeth chattering it was time to head home. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken
Another day, another hike. “Ils Lejins” is a 3 hour hike, that goes from lake to lake, up on the mountain “Furtschellas”. It starts at the top of the cable car station (2313 meters/ 7585 ft above sea level). The first bit is a 300m (984 ft) climb up to the first lake. And a dip in the lake, was every bit worth the steep climb, just look at our happy doggy! From then on it was more or less flat… …not that, that means we didn’t need refuelling… …we hit the trail again, only to see our first marmot! (For you it’s that tiny spec on top of the pile of rocks) The way back to the cable car, was spectacular views and beautiful lakes all the way. (And of course a couple of rocks had to be thrown in the lakes on the way.) With tired legs (well some of us) we enjoyed the ride back down in the cable car.
Our latest adventure, was a 50 minute walk, to “Vadret da Morteratsch”. A once majestic glacier that is rapidly melting, which was made very clear by the markers along the way, showing where the snout used to be (1880, 1900, 1920 etc.). We started of at the restaurant Morteratsch, crossed over the railway tracks and hit the trail. The closer we got to the snout, the more our surroundings turned from luscious green to ragged rocks. The last marker shows where the snout was in 2015…only two years ago! We explained about the glacier melting to the kids, although the younger ones probably aren’t old enough to understand. Their main concern was who could make the biggest splash, by throwing rocks into the icy streams. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
Yesterday we took a leisurely stroll (45 minutes) under blue skies from “Celerina” (the village next to St. Moritz) up to the mountain lake “Lej da Staz”. If you like, just come along… The lure of the ice cold lake proved to be to great for some of us… …after a lot of paddling and trying to catch fish (by hand), it was time for a bite to eat and to head back. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken MerkenMerken