Re­serve fuel for locks

With a de­mand­ing stretch ahead, load up with de­li­cious cho­co­late pick-me-ups for en­ergy boost

Canal Boat - - Cooking :Back Cabin - Vicky Blick

Af­ter an overnight visit to us on the Leeds-Liver­pool Canal, our daugh­ter gave us a lovely present as a de­part­ing gift.

A roses and cas­tles decorated bis­cuit tin full of her home-made cho­co­late bis­cuits.

Her part­ing words were ‘Mum, I think you two are go­ing to need these’. She knew how many locks there were ahead of us.

I still have the beau­ti­ful tin and I have kept her recipe ready for those days, and those days only, when we have more than 20 locks to work through.

I say we but ac­tu­ally it’s the Captain who burns off the calo­ries and does all the hard graft­ing.

My back is no longer up to wind­ing the pad­dle gear or mov­ing the gates so I have the less de­mand­ing role of steer­ing.

Re­sist­ing bis­cuits af­ter do­ing no ex­er­cise de­mands willpower and that’s my big­gest prob­lem when I know that cho­co­late bis­cuits are lurk­ing in the pantry.

I have no willpower what­so­ever.

These bis­cuits are a real cho­co­late pick-me-up; they are packed with high en­ergy in­gre­di­ents – su­gar and car­bo­hy­drates.

When wrapped in a poly­thene bag, they fit snugly into the back pocket of jeans and a few nib­bles af­ter ev­ery lock gives you the en­ergy boost and the sweet­ness needed to carry on.

How­ever, a word of warn­ing, like Gov­ern­ment health ad­vice on the back of a cig­a­rette packet, is needed.

They are def­i­nitely not the sort of things that you should eat and then sit around re­lax­ing (or come to that stand­ing at the tiller).

They should be eaten only when an en­ergy boost is needed – think of them as the boat­ing equiv­a­lent to Ken­dal Mint Cake!

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