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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tropical aroma cake

Here is the recipe for a 'vintage' Norwegian favourite, I call it vintage as it seems to have been very popular in the 60's. 
As I always do, I reduced the recommended sugar amount and would  recommend using a level, or small  teaspoon of the nutmeg and cinnamon if you do not want a heavily spiced cake.

Tropical aroma cake

( 8 portions )

-           125 g butter (room temperature)

-           250 g sugar

-           2 eggs

-           250 g flour

-           2 teaspoons baking powder

-           1 teaspoon nutmeg

-           1 teaspoon cinnamon

-           2 ½ dl milk

-           3 tablespoons cacao powder

- Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time.
- Sift in dry ingredients, except cocoa powder
- Separate the batter in two separate bowls, then add the cocoa powder to one of them.
- Butter and flour (or line with baking paper) a 24 cm diameter cake pan. To make the marbled affect, pour half of the clear batter first, then drop with a spoon half of the chocolate batter. Repeat.
-  Bake in an 180 degrees oven for 35-40 mns.
- Let cake cool completely before icing.


-           50 g butter (room temperature)

-           300 g powder sugar

-           3 tablespoons cacao powder

-           5 tablespoons coffee

Tropical aroma cake

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Victorian canvas work. Book review

I recently finished reading a very interesting book all about Victorian embroidery, to be exact Berlin wool work.

Victorian canvas work, by Molly G Proctor was originally written in 1972 and is as far as I know the most complete history of the rise and fall of the Berlin wool work craze which lasted for the better part of the 1800’s.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found the information and historic details very interesting. The only drawback is that the style of writing can seem a little dull in parts, there are few colour photos most being in black and white, and all the suppliers list is outdated. But then, the book is from the 70’s and now with the internet it is much easier to find antique patterns, and the materials to re-create Victorian era embroideries.

For those who are interested, the book is easily available on Ebay (that is where I got my copy), and other second hand book stores. 
Victorian Canvas work. Molly G Proctor ISBN 0 7134 2647 0
PS. The books I recommend are my own preference, I  am not sponsored by the publishers nor authors.

Victorian canvas work, and some original handpainted Berlin woolwork patterns. Private collection

Berlin woolwork plush work

Lot's of interesting and informative photos, sadly few in colours

Here is a photo of the latest addition to my little collection of Berlin wool work patterns. The person I bought it from posted it in a regular envelope, which was fine except that the envelope got torn somewhere in transit….my heart skipped a beat when I saw the rip, but thankfully the pattern had not gotten damaged.

What a relief !

Look at that torn envelop.... Mailmen and mail ladies please, please treat the post carefully !

And interesting detail where you can see how the pattern was printed. The colours would have been added later by hand with a tiny square paintbrush.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Chocolate cake with lime cream cheese frosting.

While waiting at the dentist I picked up a household magazine and found an interesting recipe for a chocolate and lime cake, I took a pic. and decided to try it later.

I had to tweaked it a bit as some of the measurements seemed a bit out of proportions.

The result was a super easy, moist and delicious chocolate cake.

On the photo you can see I put 'leftover' sprinkles on it, but it was really not necessary and you can omit them if you want.

Easy chocolate cake, with lime cream cheese frosting
( 12 portions )

-          225 g flour
-          400 g sugar
-          1 teaspoon baking soda
-          ½ teaspoon salt
-          1 teaspoon baking powder
-          2 dl sour cream
-          2 eggs
-          2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
-          2 dl cacao powder
-          150 g butter
-          1 ½ dl water

-Melt butter with water. Let cool
-Mix all ingredients
-Line a 25 x 35 cm tray with baking paper, then bake in an 180 degrees oven for 35-40 mns.
-Let cake cool completely before icing.


-          200 g cream cheese- room temperature
-          1 lime juice
-          5 tablespoons powder sugar