How are you, my darlings? I feel nobody’s reading blogs anymore, at least nobody seems to be interested in anything I have to say, or am I mistanken? Anyways, I like to write, so I’ll keep on writing regardless of readers. It’s mainly for therapeutic reasons, to keep me from talking to myself- haha! 😉

I’m living my best life for the time being, going to photography courses twice a week, working either too much or too little and in between sitting with a beer or a glass of wine in cafés and writing short stories. I think I might just have cracked the code, writing comes easier and so do the stories that want to be put down on paper. (No, I don’t write them down with a pen, I’m not that old-fashioned!)


Soon I’ll be sending some of them to a publishing house to see if I can get some feedback. But for now I’ll leave you with these lovely madeleines from Trines matblogg, the recipe is easy and the cookies are as sweet as Proust’s childhood memories.


175 g sugar
1 tea spoon (real) vanilla sugar
1 the zest of one lemon (organic)
3 eggs (about 150 g)
1 tea spoon honey
75 g milk (about 3/4 dl)
225 g flour
1 tea spoon baking powder
100 g butter, melted
powder sugar


Melt the butter and set it aside to cool down.

Put sugar and vanilla sugar in a big baking bowl. Rinse the lemon and grate the zest, then add it to the sugar. Mix in the eggs and the honey and blend with a whisk for 1-2 minutes. Blend in half of the milk.

Mix baking powder and flour and swift it into the egg concoction until it’s homogeneous.  Add the rest of the milk and the melted butter and stirr carefully into a silky mixture.

Use a brush and butter a little oil or melted butter on the madeleine forms. Fill each form with a spoon of dough, then let them rest for 15 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes at 195 degrees C.

Enjoy with freshly brewed coffee!

xxx, Alina

8 thoughts on “Madeleines

  1. I just finished reading your interview in 24life. Moved to Norway recently, and I sometimes wonder how I will ever make friends here. :)) I love the outdoors though, so that helps a lot. Those madeleines seem so tasty. I keep telling myself I need to cook more. And learn Norwegian. Anyway, fingers crossed, I hope you get a good feedback from publishers!

  2. I just finished your interview in 24life and I have days in which I feel more or less the same. I’ve recently moved to Norway and I often think of how will I ever make friends here. :)) But I love the outdoors so, that helps a lot! Two other things on my list is to cook more and start learning Norwegian already. Baby steps… Good luck and I hope you get positive feedback from publishers!

    1. Thank you! I appologize my late reply, I’ve been busier than I care to admit lately. Where in Norway do you live? If it’s around Oslo we could meet up? 😉

      1. busy baking bread. that’s always a perfect excuse 😀 yep, i’m in oslo and we actually have a friend in common. 🙂 i’d very much like to meet up!

      2. Haha! Hai ca m-ai facut curioasa: cine, cine? 😉 Paine am facut doar duminica, in rest am fugit la un job la un altul, la cursuri de foto si la plimbat de Sam si facut de mancare. Beah! 😉 Sapt asta si viit. sunt pline ochi, dar dupa, beau cu drag o cafea/un crémant cu tine! 😉

  3. Scuze ca-ti raspund atat de tarziu. N-am primit nici notificare si-am si fost plecata din tara cateva zile. E vorba despre Emi. 😀 Poate reusim sa ne vedem saptamana viitoare? Cred ca poti sa vezi care-i adresa mea de mail si poate schimbam acolo ceva date de contact. 😉

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