One of the things I know about Andy’s mum when she was younger, was the fact that she was obsessed with skiing. She’d be on the piste 3 or 4 times a year with her cousin and so she’s quite an expert when it comes to dealing with the cold, unlike us this last few weeks. So I asked her on one of our many conversations, how she would warm herself up while relaxing apres-ski in the hope that it might help me and Andy survive the cold evenings on the east coast.
I think a nice large mug of steaming hot chocolate, made with real melted chocolate, milk and a big spoonful of fluff would suit me down to a tee, but she raves about Glühwein, especially with it being near Christmas too. Although I’ve never been a big fan of mulled wine, I can see the appeal of it if I were skiing, since a little alcohol and warming spices does have the ability to heat you up if you’ve been out on the slopes all day. I guess though that being at a higher altitude it might be a bit of a problem being alcohol but I’m sure as long as you have it in the evening and you’re not going skiing again afterwards then you’re probably in the clear to have a few.
Now a nice big jacket spud loaded with spread, a bit of pickle and a generous helping of grated cheese tends to go down nicely too when it’s cold. Mash is another that lands on my comfort food list with nice, thick pork sausages and onion gravy but there’s another sausage accompaniment that I love the sound of and that’s Savoyarde Tartiflette which according to Andy’s mum, when she went skiing in France was one of the mainstays of the lodges menu whenever she visited. So, I did a google search and found this recipe for tartiflette (incidentally from a skiing holiday blog) which makes it sound so lush, it just leaps out the dish at you. Potatoes, bacon, white wine and cheese all baked together. A bit like Dauphinoise potatoes but with bacon. Sounds absolutely sensational and I think now I’ve found the recipe, I’ll be adding it to Andy’s recipe folder as one for Christmas Eve’s dinner. Nom, nom, nom!