Gunpowder and ganache

The Gunpowder parkrun started up this morning (near Waltham Abbey, between 12o’clock and 1o’clock on the M25) and it’s an absolute cracker.  Its two and a bit laps are gently undulating, simple to follow but meandering enough to be fun. Underfoot is well-kept, buggy-friendly path, and if the thin layer of fine gravel isn’t to your taste, then you can run the majority of the route on the grass verges.

As usual, the organisation is superb, and the marshals and volunteers are welcoming and friendly.

Icing on the cake?  Crossing paths with Ron Hill and Tim Williams again, meeting budding nomad Rick Oliver, chatting to father and daughter team Marc and Nicole Bibaud (who are well on their way to joining the 50 club and 10 club respectively) and chatting to parkrun newcomer Liz Lord and her friend Tony Browne, who had persuaded her to give parkrun a whirl.

And what a whirl!  Best woman by age grade.  Not a bad debut at all.

After which I went home to make two lots of ganache, one of the few recipes I can do from memory.  (Heat cream.  Add chocolate.  Stir.  Pour into bowls.  Put in fridge.  Lick spoon.  Lick saucepan.)  The first batch went well.  For the second, I experimented by adding alcohol, and I’m not sure whether it’s going to harden.  Unlike my arteries, which are hardening already in anticipation.




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8 Responses to Gunpowder and ganache

  1. Rachel B says:

    Well done on another parkrun, sounds like you had a lovely morning. As for that Ganache, do you have any plans for cake to go with it?

  2. snowleopard says:

    The ganache was excellent and I completely agree that cake would have been superfluous. Thanks very much for your and A’s hospitality last night.

    You seemed sceptical about the Icelandic sheep’s head. See here (but probably not over breakfast):

    I quote: “With culinary delicacies like minke whale, horse, reindeer, puffin and putrefied shark, this Nordic island is already a dream destination for the adventurous eater.” You’re going to have a whale of a time! 😉

  3. Andy says:

    Icelandic sheep’s head – yuk!

    Is it too late to change my mind and leave you to go to Iceland on your own?

  4. fortnightflo says:

    Mmmmmmmm Ganache. I like the look of plain crazy…

  5. shazruns says:

    Ganache sounds heavenly, sheeps head however does NOT

  6. We went to Iceland for our honeymoon (on our first year anniversary) – amazing place. Puffin was lovely actually… But no doubt would be surpassed by Ganache.

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