Friday photo hunt – delicious

This week’s photo hunt word is ‘delicious’ which to me usually signifies some form of calorie-laden dessert or a moist and tasty slice of cake, with or without cream. However as I now very rarely have calorie-laden desserts and I’m now on Day 37 without eating any cake – not so much as a single crumb – I’ve had to resort to the archives for the very few photos I have.
The first one is a photo I used early last year. On one occasion when Michael was popping down to our local Asda store he asked me if I wanted anything while he was down there, so I asked him to get me a bit of cheap cake which would go with a brew – I was thinking along the lines of maybe a box of individual apple pies or Viennese whirls as a couple of those go well with a mug of coffee. However he came back with a leopard print party cake which, according to the box, would serve 14 and it was all for me as he didn’t want any of it.
At first I couldn’t see how it would serve 14 people as it wasn’t really that big, but having sampled the first slice I realised why it would. It was very sweet and not the sort of thing you would want a lot of at once so a thin slice was quite sufficient, though I did add some squirty cream with every slice I had after that – and it turned a ‘nice’ cake into something quite delicious.
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The second photo is rather more recent. We always have a trifle at either Christmas or New Year, and while I would prefer to make my own the cost of the individual ingredients works out more than the cost of a ready made one from Asda so one of their own strawberry trifles does the job nicely. I wouldn’t normally photograph a trifle but for some reason this time I did and it’s proved to come in very handy for this post.
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Over to Italy now and some of the delicious desserts I’ve had while on holiday at Lake Garda in previous years. The first one was an ice cream sundae I had at a cafe-bar by the lake at Garda itself – I can’t remember their particular name for it but it had sorbet at the bottom, chocolate and vanilla ice cream in the middle with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.
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The next dessert was something I could only ever find in one certain cafe-bar in Sirmione at the southern end of the lake. A deep meringue nest filled with thick chocolate ganache, coated thickly on the outside and top with whipped cream, dusted with chocolate powder and topped with chocolate curls it was the absolute last word in ‘I’ve died and gone to heaven’ delicious. Of all the towns on Lake Garda I only ever found it in that one cafe-bar in Sirmione and I would quite happily make the two-and-a-half-hour ferry trip down the lake just to have one.
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Back to the lakeside cafe-bar at Garda now and my favourite of all the desserts I had there. Fresh strawberries in the centre topped with vanilla ice cream surrounded by thick whipped cream and decorated with banana slices, strawberries and strawberry sauce. The photo was taken in 2008 and I offset the calories that year by cycling 98 miles right round the lake.
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Well that’s the last photo hunt post for this month, I hope everyone likes my choices and no-one has piled on the pounds just by looking at the photos – now it’s time to see what delicious things have been chosen by everyone else this week over on Kate’s blog.

31 thoughts on “Friday photo hunt – delicious

  1. Oh my goodness your Italian desserts look scrumptious. That leopard print cake made me chuckle the first time you posted the photograph and I remember it well and thought at the time just who would buy a cake like that! Well done on your cake -free days although when we are finally able to meet up again I’m treating you to coffee and cake 🙂

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    1. Maybe when the time comes I’ll allow myself a little treat Eileen 🙂 I knew the leopard print cake would make you smile 🙂 Italian desserts are the best I’ve ever had anywhere, it’s a shame I could only ever get that particular one from Sirmione as I could have eaten it till the cows come home – and probably ended up the size of one too 🙂 🙂

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  2. I’ve always had a sweet tooth but strangely if I ever go to a ‘do’ where there’s a buffet I always prefer the savoury things and never touch the desserts.

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  3. Oh thank you!! 🍦 🍧 🍨 You have brought back some fabulous memories of holidays at Lake Como and Lake Maggiore (never did get to Garda . . .) The ice creams were quite sublime!

    (and well done for laying off the cake for so long, xx)

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  4. Thank you. When I decide I’m going to do something (or not) I don’t need any willpower to stick to it. I gave up eating biscuits in 2007 and haven’t touched them since, it’s no big deal. I’ve often fancied going to Lake Maggiore but liked Lake Garda so much, especially Malcesine where we stayed, I just couldn’t tear myself away. I’d love to go back and repeat the round-the-lake cycle ride – 2008 was quite an adventure, maybe I’ll write about it sometime 🙂

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  5. Oh, that did make me laugh about the ‘bit of cheap cake’. It does look good though. My favourite from these you show would definitely be the meringue nest, oh yes, that would certainly hit the spot.

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  6. The leopard cake was definitely cheap, it should have been £13 but had been reduced down to £2 🙂 The meringue nest was divine and definitely more-ish, but I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else.

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  7. I’m drooling here. I just can’t resist cake but I would walk by the trifle (I don’t like custard…). I once spent a few days in Belgium where the display of cakes and chocolates in the shop windows were wonderful. I can feel myself getting fatter! I think my favourite is the cake from Sirmione.

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    1. I love custard and could quite easily eat the Ambrosia stuff straight out of the can 🙂 The cake from Sirmione was a real melt-in-the-mouth to-die-for job, I can’t remember what it was called but maybe it was that particular shop’s speciality as I never ever saw it anywhere else.

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  8. Such delicious cakes and desserts. The Italians know how to do them well. Best I never go there, I could not resist them. Even at £2 that leopard cake is only something a man would buy. x

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    1. The leopard cake was described on the box as a party cake so maybe it was aimed at the younger end of the market – it was certainly delicious with cream though 🙂

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  9. I think I need to return to Sirmione 🙂 🙂 Why have you given up cake- health reasons or Lent? One of my friends used to make the best ever sherry trifle! I miss it still.

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    1. To be honest Jo I’m not remotely religious so I can’t even remember when Lent is, and it wouldn’t have made any difference anyway. Basically I gave up cake because I was eating far too much of it and it wasn’t doing me any good. At one time it was a treat if I went out for the day when I was camping, then it went to a treat every weekend and finally part of my daily diet, coffee and cake every day at 3pm. Under normal circumstances I’m a bit of a gym bunny but with everywhere being closed no gym plus too much cake over the last year hasn’t been good for me in spite of all the walks I do with the dogs – so the cake had to go 🙂

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      1. I hate gym! Well, I say I hate it- I’ve never been! Intimidated by all those frightful machines and I’d much rather be outdoors. I don’t love cake as much as my husband does and could manage perfectly well without, but I admire that you gave it up, in a very good cause. 🙂 🙂

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        1. How can you say you hate something if you’ve never tried it? 🙂 I trained as a fitness instructor years ago and tried most things at some point, yoga was the worst – far too slow for me, I’d rather do fast-paced high energy aerobics any day. I do love the machines at the gym though, my favourite being the treadmill, I could run for ever on one of those 🙂

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        2. No-ooo! I don’t have good balance and have never ever run. I like to walk and look around me. I’d be too busy trying not to fall off! In Hartlepool one of the gyms looked out on the marina and I used to think what a waste! Get out and enjoy fresh air in the real world. And incidentally, gyms were responsible here for the spread of the virus when they were open. Gym bunnies exist the world over. We’ll agree to differ, hon 🙂 🙂 My daughter trained as a fitness instructor too, as a way to control her weight. She’s left that far behind and is happier in her own skin, I’m glad to say.

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  10. Thanks Jules, although I don’t need to exercise too much restraint to keep off the cake – once I’ve made my mind up on something I stick to it quite easily 🙂

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  11. Oh my those desserts – I can see why you would have taken the ferry trip just for the treat. Like yourself I don’t have much cake anymore – but they really make you salivate just looking at them 🙂

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  12. The dessert at Sirmione really was something else – hard to describe except to say it was to die for. It’s a good job I can’t find it over here or I’d be the size of a house by now 🙂 🙂

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