Today’s post isn’t really a recipe so much as just kind of a thing I do. I love to go up skiing and near Vancouver we’re absolutely spoiled with wonderful places to go. I had my first day out at Cypress Bowl a week or so. It was what they call a bluebird day: lots of snow and some sunshine and blue skies.
There was a break in the clouds at one point while I was on the lift and with winter wonderland all around me I saw clear through to a furry-looking green island in the ocean. I badly wanted to snap a photo for you but would certainly have dropped a glove. And, well, about the snow it was… truth be told… sort of so-so, much like myself in my 20′s: a bit too thin and a little icy. Isn’t it wonderful how open we are to having a good time just because we happen to be doing something different? Talk to me about snow conditions like this in late February. Quite a different story. Quelle powder snob. Anyway, my favourite foodie thing about a ski day, next to my lunchtime glass of wine in the lodge of course, is this very simple trail mix. It goes something like this:
Take a nice, fat caramel-y Medjool date. Remove and discard pit. Insert small square of fine-quality dark chocolate. Place four or five in a ziplock along with a handful of raw nuts. I prefer almonds. Insert ziplock in pocket of parka. Share at the top between schussing slopes and munching moguls. What I love about this is it can only really be a winter trail mix as the chocolate melts out of the date in the summer. Really, that’s what I love about skiing too, it’s a way to embrace and enjoy the season rather than just waiting for spring to start. After all, you can only have a bluebird day in the winter. I’m wishing you one today. Happy Wednesday!! xo Jasmine