La Route

May 31st, 2012

2 days to go and we are just about booking the last hotel.

The route will hopefully not deviate too far from this:

Samedi:  Catch the boat and get started

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Dimanche:

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Lundi:

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Mardi:

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Mercredi:

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Vendredi:   Relax!

La Première Jour

April 29th, 2012
day1.png Day 1 (Saturday 2nd June): Get to France!The only ferry on Saturdays leaves Guernsey at 1:45 and arrives in St Malo at 16:45 (France time) so I guess we’ll have to get on that one.  That means leaving home at 12:30 to allow time to check in etc.  Once in France, it’s a fairly gentle warm-up 20.9km cycle to a seaside town called Le Vivier-Sur-Mer.   This should get us there in plenty of time to get some food and prepare for a hard day’s cycling on Sunday. We’ve booked a room at Hotel Le Bretagne

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Planning a route

April 22nd, 2012

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We’ve started planning our route now – I ordered some maps online today so when they arrive we can work out exactly where we should go and what we can achieve each day – we think we’ll go roughly this way:

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A Challenge

April 18th, 2012

If you don’t know, we lost John to pancreatic cancer very suddenly towards the end of last year.  Did you know that pancreatic cancer is the 5th deadliest cancer but it only receives 1% of all cancer research funding?  Or that survival statistics haven’t improved at all over the last 40 years (barely 4% will survive 5 or more years). We’ve decided that more needs to be done to stop others from suffering the same kind of loss.

We are going to cycle from our house in St Peter Port Guernsey and we’ll stop at the top of the eiffel tower. We’ll take the ferry from Guernsey to St Malo and then cycle to the bottom of the eiffel tower before climbing the 1710 steps to the top.  Around 280 miles (450km) in all. We leave on the 2nd of June and estimate the journey will take us 5 days.  We’ll update with full journey details as we work out the route we’re going to take.

We are funding the trip ourselves, but hoping for some sponsors – every penny they donate will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK.  Will you help? https://www.justgiving.com/guernsey-paris

More Chocolates!

January 15th, 2012

Chocolat blanc et pate d’amonde a la pistache:

Weight out and chop up the white chocolate (Santas this time – there was a sale on Christmas shaped chocolate in the posh choc shop) and melt 2/3 of it over a saucepan of water, until it reaches 40 degrees (c)

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Take the chocolate off the heat and stir in the rest.  Allow it to cool to between 28 and 30 degrees and then transfer to a pouring jug

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Pour some chocolate into a mold and then turn the mold to coat the outside edges.  Pour any excess back into the jug.

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repeat until all the molds are coated (the chocolate will start to set quickly in the molds so doing them one at a time is important)

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Set aside in a cool place to set.  Meanwhile, whisk egg white, ground almonds and sugar in a bowl.

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Stir in chopped pistachios and then fill the chocolate cases with the mixture – not quite to the top

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Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of the molds to seal in the filling.  Top with a few chopped pistachios and put into the fridge until completely set

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Making chocolates

January 14th, 2012

To make Chocolat Au Lait, Caramel et Amandes:

Choose a nice day to be in the kitchen and make sure everything is tidy :

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You’ll need some chocolate molds:

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To start, melt 2/3 of the milk chocolate and let it reach 45 degrees (I used chocolate reindeer, although all shapes work equally well)

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Take it off the heat, and add the rest of the chocolate.  Then wait for it to reach 30 degrees:

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Fill half the molds with chocolate – I used a piping bag as it helps me do it neatly:

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Then pop them all into the fridge:

Or not

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Rearrange the fridge an then put them it

Next, toast some almonds under the grill

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Forget about them for 5 minutes and then remove charcoal from the grill

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Toast some more almonds – properly this time!

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 Put butter, condensed milk, honey and sugar into a saucepan, melt them all down and cook for 10 minutes

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Once it’s cooled enough to handle, put the caramel into on top of the chocolate and top with chopped almonds:

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Leave to set and then remove from the molds

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Holiday pictures

August 10th, 2011

Are hiding here:Piccies!

A fun weekend and a day out in Sark!

July 7th, 2011

Well, Mum, Nan and John came to visit us and we had fantastic fun zipping over to Sark on the RIB voyager (highly recommended) for the day 🙂

Some photos:

Lifejackets

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Not so many gerbils any more :(

March 22nd, 2011

Special gerbil died tonight 🙁

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the rest are looking very healthy though 🙂

Gerbils!

March 15th, 2011

Oh dear, it’s been a long time! (sorry about that)

I’ve got some gerbils now:

Gerbil Fun!

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they’re so cute ^.^ but one this one is a bit special:

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I think he might not be able to see very well: he likes to follow walls and sometimes he licks them, he doesn’t react when I’m about to pick him up and he runs around the cage with his eyes shut. He wasn’t too well when I got him yesterday but he seems to be picking up a little now 🙂