…at last! It’s time for our Ski Holidays, we’ve been anticipating for weeks. My hubby, “Grossmami” (Grandma), our daughter and dog, drove the car up to Pontresina (a village near St. Moritz) with all our gear (and believe me the car was absolutely jam packed), while the boys and I took the train (sometimes my travel sickness does come in hand 😉). After a 3 hour and 47 minutes train journey, we needed to stretch our legs. The quarter of an hour stroll through Pontresina to our chalet was just right. We spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking while the kids went out to explore. With a good nights sleep and after a hearty breakfast, there was nothing going to stop us from hitting the slopes… …a perfect way start to our holidays!
We’ve enjoyed two weeks of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledging, ice skating and just being in this beautiful, picturesque part of Switzerland. For now it is time to say “Sta bain” – goodbye, but we’ll be back… For those of you that are interested: “Sta bain” is “rätoromanisch” and means goodbye. Rätoromanisch is one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland (the other three are German, French and Italian ). It is only spoken in this part of Switzerland, the canton “Graubünden”.
This evening we took the train up the mountain Muottas Muragl (2456 meters above sea level) to see the sunset over St. Moritz and enjoy a delicious meal. I’m not going to bore you with how fantastic it was. You can see for yourself… Muottas Muragl – Mountain Dining …top of the world, in every sense… …but all good things must come to an end.
We awoke this morning early, to beautiful sunshine. The reason we got up so early, was that we were going to St. Moritz to watch the World Ski Championship. We took the bus from where we’re staying in La Punt, which was about a 15 minute drive to St. Moritz. Today was the Men’s Downhill (the main event of the whole championship). The organisers where expecting around 40’000 spectators (you can maybe guess from the photographs, that they were not disappointed).The hype was unbelievable. A tv-helicopter hovered over us (made the kids wave like mad) as we made our way up the mountain to the stadium. We were joined by hundreds of spectators from all over the world, who came to watch the spectacle. The excitement in the stadium was hardly containable and when the Patrouille Suisse (the Swiss Army Acrobatic Pilots) thundered over us with 1’000 Km/h all hell broke lose. The race was planned to beginn at 12 o’clock but due to some clouds in the middle sector it got delayed until 12.30, then until 13.00, then …
Glorios weather! There is nothing stopping us from hitting the slopes. The kids are all off with their Ski School and we’re going to enjoy the perfect conditions with some downhill skiing… And in between runs we found time to go for a coffee.
It’s snowing outside. The kids are due home from school soon (well maybe the quarter of an hour walk home will take a bit longer today, with all their snowball fights on the way). I reckon they will need warming up (and their gloves drying). Here’s my way of giving them some warmth back… The Ingredients 1 small head of cauliflower 200g/2 cups quinoa 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated 500g/1 pound fresh mushrooms, finely chopped olive oil 2 cups toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped 1/2 cup toasted almonds & walnuts, finely chopped 5 large eggs 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese 150g/12 ounces grated cheese (Gruyère, cheddar, or Parmesan) 1/2 cup mixed chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, oregano, thyme, sage salt & freshly ground pepper a handful of dried cranberries or apricots (it always goes down well with the kids) Sliced mushrooms, for decoration (optional) Preheat the oven at 200°C/350°F. Chop up the cauliflower and steam for about 10 minutes while you cook the quinoa. Chop up the onion, garlic …
We were woken this morning by our three very excited children. “Mummy! Daddy! It’s snowed!!!” We were pulled downstairs to the big window in the lounge (as all the shutters on the windows upstairs were still shut) were acknowledged that we had a slight dusting of snow and drifted of to the kitchen for some coffee. Of course the kids were going wild planing snowball fights, building snowmen and going sledging… …but much to their disappointment it hasn’t snowed any more… …and it has actually nearly all melted. But I don’t think that they’ll have to wait to long for a proper snowfall and until then I’ve got time to sort out the winter gear in and find out what still fits these little beanstalks.