Monday, 31 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
In November, I went to Stockholm which was a lovely trip but no photo weather. But the cold made us spending more time in cafés drinking coffee and eating way to many kanelbullar. At the end of the month I went to Valkenburg to visit the often recommended Christmas Market in a cave which was the worst Christmas Market I have ever visited. No Christmas spirit at all. But I met this friendly bear on the way to the market. I am quite fond of bears.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Sunday, 30 September 2012
September was a real French month: I saw the band Brigitte - those girls are really fun and make great music. And I also spent some time in a lovely apartement in Paris with a wonderful view over the roof tops of the city. Went to the Bon Marché to see the Catherine Deneuve exhibition by Marjan Satrapi and waited for the Eiffel Tower to make its *blinkblink* every full hour at night time.
Friday, 31 August 2012
Sunday, 1 July 2012
For one common sized jar you need:
130g white chocolat (cut into small pieces)
70 ml cream
1 pinch of salt
200g fresh raspberries
120g jam sugar
1. Melt the white chocolat, the cream and the pinch of salt and let it cool down for about 15 minutes in the fridge.
2. Mix the raspberries with the jam sugar and cook the mix for about 5 minutes. Let it also coool down in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
3. Whisk the white chocolat cream until it gets a little bit stiffer and creamier.
4. Layer cream and raspberries alternately in the glass, finally stirring a little with the end of a spoon to get a marble effect.
Friday, 1 June 2012
I made some carrot cake cupcakes with delicious vanilla icing for a friend's wedding (that's were this bridal bouquet is from). Carrot cake is my all-time favourite cake. It is so moist and although with wintry spices a great treat the whole year around.
For about 18 cupcakes:
250 ml vegetable oil
250g brown sugar
720g coarsely grated carrots
120g coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. quatre-epices (or cinnamon)
For the icing:
30g butter (at room temperature)
80g cream cheese
1/2 vanilla bean
240g icing sugar
1. Preheat oven at 200 degrees, prepare muffin pan with paper forms.
2. Beat oil, sugar eggs until thick and creamy.
3. Stir in carrots and nuts, then sifted dry ingredients.
4. Pour mixture into the pans and bake about 35 minutes.
5. Prepare the frosting and spread the frosting over the cold cupcakes.
Enjoy your cupcakes!
Sunday, 27 May 2012
I made my first mini gugls but they were not really good. They had absolutely no taste at all although I used really nice fresh blueberries. I ate them anyway... I tried on my new dress that I bought for a wedding next weekend and spend four nice hours at the theatre watching Dostojewski's "The Idiot".
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
I love rhubarb! It is a pity that is always only available for such a short time. I made some great cupcakes wih rhubarb, almonds and marzipan which are really moist ( I love that!) and topped with a cranberry icing. Yummy!
For about 20 cupcakes:
For the dough: For the icing:
400g fresh rhubarb (cut into small pieces) 250g icing sugar
120g marzipan some water
250g butter at room temperature 2-3 tsp. of canned cranberries
a pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
120g ground almonds
1. Grate the marzipan and cream it for about 5 minutes with the butter, sugar and salt.
2. Continue mixing the batter and add one egg after the other.
3. Mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and sift the mix before stirring it in (very shortly). Add the almonds and the rhubarb.
4. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees and bake the dough in for about 25 minutes in a cupcake tin.
5. After cooling down make the icing by adding as much water and cranberries as you like. I prefer less water and more cranberries to get a thick, pink icing.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
I am quite a flower addict but quite an arrogant one because I only like flowers in bloom. I just don't like green plants, at least not in my apartment. The only exception is a Christmas tree but with all the lights and ornaments it definitly is in bloom!