Food for the eyes:
An Afternoon Tea, Federico Andreotti
I usually have sour cream with chilli, fajitas and the like, so when I read about this recipe I was a bit sceptical, but it was actually delicious. There’s sour cream in the cake and the icing and it works really well with the sharpness of the blueberries (which are also in the cake as well as on top of it). I’m not sure what it is, but something about this cake makes it really impressive when you serve it – the Gent and our flatmate both said “wow!” when it was served up – and considering it’s actually really easy (and with those blueberries, it stays wonderfully moist, so it’s quite hard to mess up!), it’s a great cake for serving up for friends and family. Of course, a day doesn’t go by without us Brits having afternoon tea (hehehe!) and this would be ideal for just such an occasion.
I followed this recipe from Good Food: 101 Cakes & Bakes – I’ve tried a few recipes from here and they’ve all been good so far, so I recommend it. I also often use recipes from here as a basis for my own variations and so far so good! A variation of the recipe (the icing/frosting is different) is also available online: Blueberry Soured Cream Cake with Cheesecake Frosting.
I wish I’d taken a photo of the cake after it was sliced, as the inside looks lovely with all those purply cooked up blueberries. Oh well, just an excuse to make it again!!
And speaking of baking – if you ever get the chance to bake/taste the coconut and lime cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery recipe book, take it! They are my favourite cupcake combo, all zingy and light and lovely! In fact, this is my main book for cupcakery and I heartily recommend it!
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Posted in Cooking, tagged baking, cupcakes, icing on Saturday, 3rd April, 2010|
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Look what I just made!
The yellow ones are vanilla and the pink are rose-flavoured. YUM!
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged book, cupcakes, fantasy, Food, novel, sushi on Tuesday, 16th February, 2010|
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I just wanted to give you lovelies a quick update on what I’ve been up to …
- Applications – a couple for jobs and a couple for PGCEs. They take up a lot of time and are quite dull, but they need doing, alas!
- Tulle skirt. Meh. It’s finished, but it looks frumpy and I’m not impressed by that! I’m plotting ways to possibly de-frump it, or else it’s going in the bin (well, probably not the bin, but the pergatory that is under the bed). Maybe making it a lot shorter (it’s knee-length at the moment) will help, but I’m a bit anxious to do that as once it’s cut, there’s no going back!
- Reading – I forgot to mention this in my “You Should Read This” post, but You Should Read This (Robin Hobb’s Ship of Magic). It’s one I bought before we moved but hadn’t got around to reading yet and I’ve just picked and ye gods I already love it something rotten. I’m only a few chapters in and I suspect it might become my favourite book ever. Yes, that’s how much I love it. I might have to write a full review once I’ve finished it, but for now I’m going to gush about the things I love about it: the writing is ohmygodsIwishI’dwrittenthat amazing – certain turns of phrase she uses are so simple and yet so perfect it leaves me wondering how anyone has ever described that thing in any other way, and this especially impresses me because these days I am so picky about writing that I can’t help but see every single flaw, so for me to be wowed this much is rare; the characterisation and characters – they are so incredibly real from what I’ve read so far, the chapter I’ve just finished in particular gets under the skin of that character so utterly that I felt I was seeing into the mind of another person, not reading made up imaginings; which brings me to that imagination – this is fantasy at its best, in my most humble of opinions – I’m quite well read in the genre and the ideas she comes up with are so unique and original without being too outlandish or unbelievable, which is exactly what fantasy should be. OK, must stop gushing about Robin Hobb now, but I have major Writer Envy and Awe and Love and Wows!
- Valentine’s-ing – the Boy and I don’t like going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, it’s just a bit cheesy for our tastes, being out with loads of other couples and so on, so we went out on Thursday for a quiet meal and on Sunday I baked him cupcakes (raspberry with vanilla icing and red sparkles- yay!) and we got Yo Sushi take away (YUM!), watched our guilty pleasure (Smallville) and then went to a pub quiz. It was a lovely day.
I should’ve taken pictures of the cakes, I know, but they were just too yummy not to scoff all at once … but here’s some sushi to look at instead:
I heart sushi!
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What is it that people love so much about cupcakes?
I’m afraid I don’t have an answer, but I do have an addiction to the darn things. So when I saw this book for £5 at my office’s book club, I just couldn’t resist:
Huzzah for many different recipes (for the cake and icing) and lots of inspiring ideas. There’s even a recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes and another for rose icing (I love all things rose-flavoured).
The only down side? This means that I’m sorely tempted to buy lots of fun cake-decorating bits, like brightly-coloured sprinkle shapes and coloured sparkly sugars. I managed to be sensible at the weekend and only bought fairly necessary and non-frivolous baking equipment: a cooling rack, a spatula (in a pretty colour, naturally) and I ordered some scales for the kitchen as they didn’t have the ones I wanted.
While on the subject of cupcakes… if you happen to live in the area, I can recomment the yumminess of The Swallow Bakery’s cupcakes – super-nom-noms.
If the first bite really is taken with the eyes, then cupcakes must be one of the most delicious and filling foods in the world. (No mention of their fattening qualities, thankyouplease!)
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