après–ski: social activity after a day’s skiing.
Our recent ski weekend spent at Silver Star Mountain included not only several days of wonderful skiing, but also the opportunity to indulge in après-ski activities. This included sipping on a favourite glass of wine, digging into a pot of chili, indulging in my favourite chocolate cake, as well as endless games of Wizard and Blackjack (we’re practising for Vegas!). There’s nothing quite like relaxing after a day on the slopes, when your muscles ache (but in a good way) and time spent with good friends seems even more special.
Food always tastes better after a day of skiing… not sure why, but it’s probably a combination of fresh air and exercise. A pot of chili is always a hit or try making your own pizza or shish-kabobs. This year I made my chili a few days in advance, as it tastes better when it’s mellowed for a few days. Just pull out your crock pot and try this easy chili recipe:
2 cans kidney beans, drained (14 oz)
2 cans chopped tomatoes (14 oz)
2 pounds (1 kg) ground beef, browned and drained
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2-3 Tbsp. chilli powder (to taste)
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste
Directions: Pull all ingredients in crock-pot in order listed. Stir once. Cover and cook on Low 10-12 hours or High 5-6 hours.
Did someone say Wine and Cheese? Happy Hour treats!
Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the slopes this winter!