#TourDeSnacks Finale 2014, Stage 21, Evry > Paris, Champs-Elysees
Well… it’s been quiet around here, like one and a half year’s worth of quiet.
So I have been losing sleep almost every July some time since high school 2000-2005 when in one of my insomniac nights where I actually used to watch TV-TV, terrestrial broadcast TV, and just so happened to chance across the Tour de France when I had previously stayed up late to watch the Formula 1 live when Murray Walker used to commentate the races. I have caught every TDF every year except when I was in Singapore, where finding a TV, let alone a free to air broadcaster airing the Tour in an army camp or air base.
This year, TourDeSnacks has been shorten by two letters to #TourSnacks. Last TourDeSnacks on this blog, Vincenzo Nibali was third on the podium in Paris riding ‘Leaky-Gas’-Cannondale; two years on in 2014, Knee-bali, Nar-barley, Nee-billy or however Phil and Paul decided to interchange this evening is back in Paris wearing yellow riding for Team Astana.
I had originally planned this for Bastille Day (14 July), but being a tiring Monday at work, I could not be arsed for #TourDeSnacks.
- Blue Jelly: Black and blue bruises after three weeks at the tour, delicate 1% Gold gelatine jelly with blueberry puree, IQF blueberries and blackberries.
- Caramelised Puff Pastry: Icing sugar impregnated store bought puff pastry; baked to a glossy, deep Maillard gold lustre.
- Creme Diplomat: 2:1, Creme Patisserie:Stabilised Whipped Cream, packed with ridiculous amounts of vanilla seeds.
- Frangipane and Praline Rouge: Homemade Praline Rouge which are almond kernals encased with three times its weight in red sugar; baked into skin on almond cream. Since it’s at the bottom let’s just called it the Lanterne Rouge layer okay. Last year’s lanterne rouge was time trial master Orica-Greenedge’s Iceman Svein Tuft; this year it looks to be Cheng Ji of Team Giant-Shimano who also happened to be “the first Chinese rider in the Tour de France’s history to finish the tour” which had been rammed into our ears by P&P at every glimpse of him.
Creme pat and diplomat was too soft, squeezed out while slicing.
Sorry no time to colour grade and crop photos, had to pump this post out for the final #TourSnacks of the 101st edition of the Tour.