Saturday, 28 May 2011

sacretorte by the see

A trip to Austria would not be complete without a taste of my favourite cake- the Sacretorte. I was introduced to this delightful cake by fellow enthusiast J :)

So, it was my last day in Tirol, which we had spent reading and sunning ourselves by a wonderful lake (or See in German- I think)

We wanted to soak up the last drops of sunshine before heading back to Blighty and found a lovely outdoor cafe. We sat in the garden and enjoyed all the beautiful birds flying around us.

We wanted to eat here but it was full, a lovely lakeside cafe
And here is a picture of the famous cake- a winning combination of chocolate and apricot. YUM.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

coffee by zaha hadid

It was a sunny Austrian day and we took the cable car designed by Zaha Hadid up to the top of the mountain in Innsbruck. The stations were something else,  apparently they were made to look like ice. The curved shapes were beautiful.

After getting to the top and then halfway down, we stopped for lunch in the sunshine at a really cute little cafe. Not sure of the name but it's the only one there (I think)

I swiftly ordered a melange, feeling happy I knew the local lingo. Only to be told melange was used only in Vienna....doh! So, cappuccino it was. It was my favourite coffee of the whole trip, full of body , perfect temperature. Of course being in such beautiful surroundings helped.

We were absolutely starving, the menu was good, lots of vegetarian options. I went for the strudel (picture is weird as I'm still working out macros for new camera)

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

lemon and basil recipe

As requested by Anon here's the lemon and basil recipe, courtesy of my friend in Holland C....

Great cake!

Here's the recipe! It's very easy to make, you can even mix in the pan it bakes in.


1 cup flour
¾ cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
A handful fresh basil leaves (you can also make this with 2 tbsp poppy seeds instead, different cake, but also a possibility)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp grated lemon peel
3 tbsp lemon juice


Heat oven to 180C (350F).
Mix flours, sugar, fresh basil or poppy seeds, soda and salt in a greased 8 inch square or round pan. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bake 40 minutes, middle of the oven.
Cool in pan 10 minutes, un-mould onto wire rack and cool completely.

Glazing: there are many glazing and frosting recipes you can make. I avoid anything with powdered (confectioner's) sugar, so this was the glaze I made which was good, but you can use less sugar, just go by eye. The sugar does make it all crunchy, I like that! Make some holes into the cake so when you pour the glaze it drizzles into the cake.

1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3/4 cup sugar

Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over the warm cake. Cool completely before serving.

east end royal wedding knees up

So, how do you celebrate the nuptials of the future King and Queen of England?

Well, you kick off with tea in a souvenir mug of course....

Next step, put up the bunting.....

paper chain from Accessorize, bunting from Ebay

Then you watch the service, whilst drinking more tea

and a posh breakfast made by Mr P (he roasted cherry tomatoes in balsamic vinegar and olive oil and served on English muffins with scrambled eggs)

plate from Camden Passage antiques

 and finally after you've watched every moment, gasped at the gorgeous dress by Sarah Burton at McQueen, adored the hats, giggled at the flower girls, loved the Queens blanket and just smiled the whole way head to a street party.

So, that was that 29th April 2010, the wedding day of Wills and Kate. Good luck to you both!