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Week (5) of cakes! Eating then photo-collaging the evidence

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Well, this week I made some new cakes I’d been wanting to try for a while:  the Ispahan lychee, raspberry and rose meringue nests and a ham, cheese and olive savoury cake with Thai spices – recipe coming soon!  You might be just as excited as me about the new savoury cake series … woohoo! 🙂  Also ecstatic to still have some meringue nests stored away in case of emergency:  ie. running out of cake!week 5

Putting it on at Chinese new year

Some of this week’s creations were cakes I’d made before and you can see them below on our Chinese new year table.  Yummy Chinese dumplings followed by 3 cakes for dessert!  Meringue nests, citrus curd mille-crêpes cake and healthy lime, pistachio and orange blossom cake.  Noticing looks of delight but also alarm, I quickly reassured my friends that everything was sugar-free except the meringue nests!  Yay! 🙂

As is traditional, my friends helped make the dumpling filling then we wrapped the dumplings sitting and chatting together at the table.

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DSCF5869We were excited and happy about all the food, but the wine, followed by Cava for dessert, might also have contributed to a general buzzy high feeling!

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The 3-cakes dessert – none typically Chinese but lychees were involved!

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Chinese new year meal selfie!

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Climbing it off

The next day I went climbing and worked off some of the dumplings and cakes!  And gave my climbing friends some of the lime, pistachio and orange blossom cake, which they all said they loved.  They happily helped themselves to two or three pieces each so I do believe they weren’t just being polite…

You’ll wonder how I get up a rock.  I wonder the same thing myself at times.  Here I am thinking ‘Hmm, maybe I should have eaten a little less cake?’ then ‘Don’t be silly, you can make it!’  Hup!

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Me and my stomach going up a rock!

Of course after all the exercise I felt even more peckish than usual for the rest of the week.  So I had to exercise something called self-restraint. Yeah, you can guess how that went!

Almost forgot.  Did you notice the biscuits in the first photo?  Well, I don’t usually do biscuits but thought I’d try.  Good (I just ate four of them) but still not convinced.  So it’s back to the drawing board for them…

DSCF5996Oooh and a surprise for you will be finding me on my lovely biking, travelling friend Hogrider Dookes’ blog Friday around lunchtime, making a Guest Appearance!  Yeah, not like a movie star as such but well, you’ll see…! 🙂  In Dookes’ words: ‘be there, or be square!’  Would it help if I tempted you?  There’ll be cake…

Intrigued?  Sorry, sweet reader, but no time for more – must be off now.  Need to rest because tomorrow’s a BIG cake day!!!  And it’s a cake some of you have been waiting for!  Oh no, why did I say all that?  What if the cake’s a complete disaster?  Okay, must Keep calm and Go to Sleep.  Goodnight and see you very soon!  Sweet cake dreams to you all! 🙂

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Making cakes with my French mother on Sundays was an important part of my childhood. As an adult I then experimented with baking books and internet recipes and did a great patisserie course in Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I'm still trying out new recipes and creating some of my own cakes with influences from all around the world, adding some healthy ones to the repertoire. Yes, I love cakes!!! :)

23 thoughts on “Week (5) of cakes! Eating then photo-collaging the evidence”

      • I know a lot of people will agree with you, but personally I’ll always be more excited about cakes that are sweet. Maybe because savoury stuff always seems a bit practical to me (meals). Actually, I love all food!!! 🙂 And complex flavours are great. Yeah, maybe there is a greater range of spices in some savouries – you’ve got me wondering how many layers of flavours I could fit into a cake now! 🙂 …

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      • Parmesan, chocolate, caramel and strawberries pavlovas maybe? 🙂 With a hint of black pepper, vanilla and cardamon… eek?!

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  1. What a grand idea, savory cakes sound just wonderful. It all looks like quite a spread, not forgetting that rock climbing, pretty impressive eh!

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    • Thanks Loretta! A friend actually said they’d like a savoury cake so I thought I’d get on to it. It was a great meal and lovely climbing, but my arms aren’t very impressive – they’re still sore! Thanks for the lovely comments though! 🙂

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  2. Oh, I too am looking forward to the savory cake recipe, and really? What stomach went up that rock? Woman you’re really in shape! I have been a slug and not hiking as I should be for sometime now. If I make and eat your savory cake I’ll really be in trouble!

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    • Thanks for the lovely comments! I’m glad you’re looking forward to the savoury cake recipe! And yeah, I guess it’s all relative but I eliminated the more unflattering photos where I definitely look chunkier than my climbing friends. Still, could be worse – and have been! Maybe you could make the savoury cake – which is relatively healthy – and take it hiking!!?! 🙂

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  3. Claudette says:

    Just reading your blog makes me happy for the day, I don’t need to eat a cake. I look forward to try the savoury recipe.

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    • Happy to hear that mum! 🙂 But you’re not eating any cake today??!! Hope you’ll enjoy the savoury cake when it turns up… 🙂 x

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