This Week’s sweet treats: 25/07/2014

pancakes, Gili Meno, Gili Islands, Indonesia, Gili Meno Eco Hostel, travel, backpacking, malteser cake, Aldingbourne Trust, Aldingbourne, Chichester, flan, strawberries, raspberries, quick-gel, salted caramel & chocolate pot, Pots & Co, puddings, Greens Cakes, rhubarb fool, elderflower cheesecake foam, rhubarb sorbet, almond crunch, The Richmond Arms, West Ashling, West Sussex, country pubWhat better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites!

1. Pancakes drizzled with honey made by a volunteer was on the breakfast menu at Gili Meno‘s Eco HostelIndonesia. Helen’s taken a break from travelling and is now living/working there for a while.

2. Our elevenses stop on our cycle ride to Arundel was the cafe at Aldingbourne Trust, which supports people with learning disabilities.  I had this tasty Rocky Road type, Malteser cake, which screamed out at me to buy it and eat it, although my conscious was yelling a frantic ‘no!’ You can tell which won 😉  Each Christmas our cycling group have our Christmas Dinner at Aldingbourne, West Sussex (which I now organize) and very nice it is too.

3. I made this at home. Very quick and easy to make and low in fat too (I think) – unless you add cream to it of course. A large sponge flan base, available at all major supermarkets, canned or fresh fruit – if using fresh fruit then you need a little sugar – and a twin pack of Greens red Quick Gel. My mother used to make this years ago. I remember making it for the very first time, newly married. I poured the jelly over the fruit and flan and it just turned into a soggy mess, twice! I couldn’t understand it until my mother told me I needed to use Green’s Quick Gel and not the normal cubes of jelly.

4. Oh my goodness, this was jolly good! I found these in Waitrose at the weekend from Pots & Co. I chose Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pot. A smooth thick chocolate dessert with salted caramel throughout in nice little re-usable ramekin dishes – useful afterwards for all sorts of things and is 100% natural. It said on the pot (I saw it after I’d got home) that crème fraîch would go nicely with it and indeed it would, however it was divine enough on it’s own. There are seven flavours to try…hmm…

5. I had such a lovely, tasty meal at The Richmond Arms in West Ashling, West Sussex two week ago I just had to take my husband Geoff along. We shared the dessert which was a delicious rhubarb fool, elderflower cheesecake foam, rhubarb sorbet and almond crunch. Read our review of this lovely country pub.

Living life, loving cake

A x

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