Life is Precious

Coming home on Monday night, we were shocked to find out a neighbor was missing. Apparently the Police had been around, asking questions about when she’d been seen last, the divers had searched the river, and they organized a terrestrial and a helicopter search, too. Like in the movies. My heart felt so heavy- here we were complaining about the wind in Amsterdam and a lady from around here says she hopes she’ll at least be found! And I can’t wrap my head around what this means.

I didn’t know her well, in fact I’d only met her once, but I was won over by the fact that she offered to sit Sammy sometimes, it’s not like I’d actually ask her to do it, but it’s nice of people to say something more than hello since it doesn’t happen very often in this country.

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A Sunday Well-Spent

Saturday it snowed all day, it was grey and gloomy and a perfect day for baking. I and Sam didn’t do that much, we made some cinnamon rolls and then snuggled up indoors. But I’d promised him a walk in the woods on Sunday and, to our luck, the weather proved amazing just for that! I’d thought about going around lake Songsvann, just the two of us, since F was working all weekend, but then I remembered Gordana lives by another lake- Nøklevann- and there’s both forest and a café and all that, so why not ask her if she wants to join?  When I called her she was baking bread, so I said we’d be there around the time the bread is ready to be taken out of the oven. 😉 _mg_0284 Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls

Listening to Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald when snowing outside says it all. Just had coffee with my friend Merete and while watching the snow flakes fall, she blurted out: “Oh, I’m going skying! Yey!”. And while probably feeling the same tingle of  magic, my reaction was totally different: “Yey, I’m baking cinnamon buns”! 😉 Haha!

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Xmas treats: Biscotti

Hi, peeps! How you’re doing? I’ve started my Xmas preparations as of yesterday and I thought I should share some recipes with you. I haven’t got around to decorating that much, although I did buy a tiny weeny potted tree, red tulips and some red berry branches. Thought I’d fix the rest this week- buy some amaryllis (if the bf’s not allergic to them), fetch the decoration box from the cellar and do the rest of my baking. But for now, here’s the biscotti recipe:_MG_0059.jpg Continue reading

Cauliflower pie

Hey y’all! 😉 How ya’ doing? I’m pretty good. Still itching and still trying to hold my head above the water, but I’m getting good at it, so I might as well enjoy the swim. Haha! (sigh)

Yesterday I had a very short day and did very little with the rest of it, as it often happens with me and so I felt the need to make a yummy dinner and a cake on top of that, to justify my mere existence. haha!

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Espresso cookies, please!

As promised, here’s the espresso cookie recipe. I didn’t manage the deed yesterday, too tired for that (I actually fell asleep on the couch at 10:30 pm!), but today I got around to do it. After lazying around for the better part of the day, eating cold pizza for breakfast and pasta with a bit of this and that for lunch, I felt it was time to do some baking and then, in the middle of it, I realised I lacked an egg. So I knocked on the neighbours’ door and they didn’t have, either, they’d just eaten them for breakfast, but they invited me and Sammy to stay a bit and have a cup of tea. Needless to say we couldn’t have been more happy! _MG_9912.jpg Continue reading

Guinness cake à la Nigella

After feeling down for a couple of days on account of turning 36, I got myself together, baked a cake and some pies and brought out the booze. That only left getting into a bare back dress, putting on some heels and I was ready to “rumble”. _MG_9504.JPGAnd it was quite a party! There was lots of Prosecco, the world´s bestest friends, gifts to be unwrapped, food to be eaten and, last, but not least- THE killer cake. 14434923_10153896187001711_1278282121612359538_oOne of the things I´m really good at is putting together cool people with great parties as a result. Since I´m such a rare thing as a sociable people-hater, I tend to choose my friends very carefully, resulting in a fantastic bunch of folks. _mg_9523There was no music- I completely forgot about it- but there was a jolly atmosphere with lots of laughter and a touch of kinky conversation. 😉 haha!_mg_9525_MG_9543.jpg_mg_9580

INGREDIENTS

Makes: about 12 slices

FOR THE CAKE

  • 250 millilitres guinness
  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 75 grams cocoa powder
  • 400 grams caster sugar
  • 142 millilitres sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 275 grams plain flour
  • 2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 300 grams cream cheese
  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • lemon zest
  • lemon juice from half a lemon

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until the butter’s melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
  4. When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsieved icing sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.
  5. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

It was fantastic! Absolutely yummy and not hard to make at all. I hope you feel like trying!

xxx, Alina