If you have guests on board, this is a quick dessert to make which is light and refreshing
If you have guests on board, this is a light and refreshing dessert to serve them
We spent some time this summer on the delightful River Avon. The last time we were on this river our trip was fraught with disaster.
It was our first narrowboat holiday, 30 plus years ago and quickly became our last for many years after a few too many incidents as we tried to get to grips with boating, involving both the children and dog falling in. Thankfully, they didn’t involve the A& E department of the local hospital but, at the time, they certainly got the heart racing.
Having young children on a boat on a river is not that relaxing for any parent or grandparent. At least the canals are mostly shallow at the edges and sometimes not even that deep in the middle as we can testify with our three foot draught.
It’s the danger that the locks bring that I hate, especially when you see very young children left to walk over the lock gates on their own. We have heard some horror stories from lockkeepers about accidents they have witnessed.
Even so, friends love nothing more than a trip on the boat – especially if they have children. Thankfully, the friends who visited us on the Avon had two young teenage boys and, from past experience, that’s just the right age to help – strong enough and keen enough. Indeed, I’m sure we will have to watch out for their overeager desire to help at locks.
What I do know has to be done when you’ve teenage boys on board is to lay in plenty of food – especially of what I’d call the ‘junk’ variety, like crisps, sweet biscuits, pork pies and fizzy drinks.
However, I’ve got the ‘adult’ menus all sorted for New Year’s Day and limoncello trifle is top of the dessert list. It’s so easy to make and always goes down really well. It’s light and refreshing and there will, hopefully, be plenty left for another day.
I use a large glass trifle dish but, if you want to be fancy, you could make individual portions in some large wine glasses. And, if making it for children, you can always leave the limoncello out and put a bit more lemon juice in instead.
So, on this sweet note, I wish all of you happy boating in the New Year.
‘I use a large glass trifle dish but, if you want to be fancy, you could make individual portions in a large wine glass’