Cader Idris

Trip Start Sep 13, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Success! Only my second run in three weeks and aside from the gate opening ceremony; I completed my ordained circuit without stopping.
Mum and dad took me on a brief tour of Cader Idris. The photographs speak for themselves really. Milo also went mountain crazy and decided a spot of climbing was required. We did eventually get him back using the enticement of an old stick. Silly dog. I also took some photos from the old Fairbourne railway track. The colours were simply stupendous. Lunch was taken at the George III hotel. Dad had a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich, mum had a salmon baguette and I had a cheese and onion baguette. All of this washed down with some unknown "welsh beer" - which was very smooth.
The evening was given over to Tony and something which I'd heard about but never been a party too. As soon as we walked in and smelt that beautiful restaurant odour we were ordered to sit down and only choose our main courses. Tony was going to cook out starters. To begin with he wheeled out his cooking table which must have health and safety officers crying in their clipboards, then he took us through the ingredients:
Farfalle pasta
Smoked salmon
Lemon juice (one whole)
White wine
Olive oil
Leeks (chopped)
Spring onion (chopped)
First he heated up some oil and butter. Then added the leeks, spring onions and capers. This was left to cook until the green had been passed through the whole dish. The smoked salmon, which he smokes himself, was added along with the lemon juice and more butter. Once the salmon began to turn pink the pasta and white wine are added. Then right at the end two decent sized servings are cream are added just before serving. Timings and amounts are completely unknown, but it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.
To taste, it was a delight, but the most important aspect was that it was feather light and every ingredient could be tasted - even the wine.
Unfortunately this was mum's second helping of salmon for the day and her main course was also ... salmon. Never mind - each serving was completely different.
For my main course I chose Steak Marie Antoinette which was a mustard and white wine cream sauce. Truly superb, though I did prefer the other steak I had previously.
I didn't sleep well though. The wind (not food related!), rain, and a pair of fidgeting dogs kept me awake for a few hours. The thing is though the mountain air is so fresh you always feel knackered.
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