A colleague of mine gave me a Swedish cookbook, The Swedish Smörgåsbord. It is a beautifully photographed book, about (you guessed it) the Swedish smorgasbord. It is a traditional Scandinavian meal, served as a warm and cold buffet. In Denmark it is usually referred to as “Det Kolde Bord” (The cold table) or “Det Store Kolde Bord” (The Big Cold Table).
The book describes the Swedish tradition, with eight “rounds”. The seventh round, Dessert, and eight round, Coffee, biscuits and confectionary, immediately drew my attention (Even though Brawn of home-killed pork also sparked my interest, mostly because I don’t usually kill my own pork).
Friday I talked about the quintessential scented sugar, Vanilla Sugar, and how to make it. But the options do not end with vanilla, and today I will talk about scented sugars and share three ways of making them!
Vanilla sugar is the quintessential scented sugar. I keep a big glass of homemade vanilla sugar in my kitchen at all times, I never, ever use vanilla extract or essence, I use vanilla sugar instead. I know exactly what goes into making it, and I get all the lovely aromas from real vanilla, rather than mainly vanillin. (Did you know that vanillin is a phenolic aldehyde, and the most predominant of the vanilla flavours? It is also what cheap vanilla essence tastes and smells of, and what most vanilla ice cream tasted like when I was a child. Real vanilla has several hundred aromatics besides vanillin)
This is my new go-to recipe for chocolate cake. It is moist, intense, velvety and so delicious. I used it for this cake and this cake, and several other cakes that I either forgot to photograph or haven’t posted about yet.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend got married. It was a beautiful late spring wedding, it was warm and sunny, the church was lovely and the reception was held in an old train station (which my husband loved) decorated with beech branches.
I had been asked to bring the cake, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a wedding cake
Well, first the summer weather seemed to have left again, it was cold, gray and wet, but then summer came back!
We had a three day weekend, where we had some family over for dinner, I spend an afternoon with some friends and we relaxed. Also, I bought a new bicycle, with electricity.
Kristian has planted a rosemary in a pot on our balcony, the one we had last year didn’t make it. He also planted three Continue reading What’s New!→
So, it has been a while again. A whole month since last What’s New! post, but there have been a few cake posts since.
I spend a lot of time at work (not surprising with a full time job), and 2-3 hours a day commuting, that time in particular I can see a better use for, but that would involve moving.
I went to my cousins wedding a few weeks ago, the dinner and party was in a cabin in the middle of the woods. Lovely evening and I saw a badger! I don’t have a picture of the badger, because I was driving, but look at the pretty placecard!
I am sitting on my couch with my laptop on my lap, watching the full moon rise over the building outside my window, while darkness falls.
I like our apartment. I like that we have space for our stuff now, I like that we have the wall space for a huge world map wall sticker. I like watching the trains go by, either through the windows Continue reading Purple Cake→