mojito macarons

Week (8) of cakes and photos of climbing scenery and architecture!

Cake news and fun

This week was dominated by new savoury offerings which will appeal to those of you who’ve been tolerating the sweet stuff but are now more motivated to take things into the kitchen!  Hurray!  So you have the chicken, ham and cheese quiche-cake with pistachios, rosemary and garlic, which caused a bit of a stir.  And gougères, a handy little cheese puff apéritif very popular in France.  Then of course I desperately needed something sweet so went off to make some mojito macarons!  Another hurray!! 🙂  week 8 of cakesAfter all, tomorrow Friday 20th is Macaron Day worldwide!  I’ll be writing a special post for this event very soon.  Also, I have an idea about showcasing cakes you make following recipes on the blog.


But before I get into that I’ll just post my photo101 course snaps.  I went climbing for a 4-day long weekend and tried conscientiously to shoot some appropriate stuff (though the first photo is from the previous week), so better late than never (psst – I’ll be slipping some cake photos in at the end!):



Mystery:  who’s this climber and is he looking for cake in his chalk bag?


Sorry Lili, can't see any cake in the distance

Sorry Lili, can’t see any cake in the distance


I've seen the light

I’ve seen the light – must climb and stop thinking about cakes


Aprés-climb beer

Après-climb beer


Siurana sunset

Siurana sunset

Another dusk - at Margalef

Another dusk – at Margalef


Red-tinted belayer

Red-tinted belayer at Can Torxa


The road to Can Marges climbing sector in Siurana

The road to Can Marges climbing sector in Siurana


Busy street in Siurana

Busy street in the village of Siurana

IMPLIED MOTION (will work on panning another day)

Jumping for joy at Margalef

Jumping for joy at Margalef

Thanking you for your patience with all the photos I’ve lumped together!  And now for some cake ones!!!  I came back from climbing and had one day to prepare for a little climbers’ party at my house.  In the photo below you’ll see a selection of goodies on the table.  Can you spot the apple and courgette cake with Chinese five spices, lemon cardammon drizzle cake, mojito macarons, fruitcake and quiche-cake?  I think I might have overdone it again.  Especially since the guests also brought lovely tortilla (Spanish potato omelette), Russian salad and crisps.  We did a lot of eating…!And here are the happy climbing friends preparing to go home with their take-away packs of cakes, mostly made up of mojito macarons which are fast becoming legendary favourites.

We all love macarons!

We love macarons!

I adapted them slightly when I made them this week so they’d be a snazzy yellow and green two-tone instead of just plain green.  Then my enthusiastic friend who is a big mojito macaron fan gave them a nice home in a plastic glass.  The next day the surviving macarons were upgraded to a real glass.

Mojito Macarons at

Have some mojito macarons in a glass!


And now about showcasing any cakes you make from the blog.  So if you want them to become famous (well, ever so slightly!) then please send me photos.  I could include them in my weekly roundup of cakes and also put them in the gallery on my sidebar with your name and any comments you’d like to make (maximum 15 or 20 words do you think?).   It would be lovely to see the stuff you bake and share it with everyone.   And it doesn’t have to look perfect or anything like that.  Thank you in advance for any contributions! 🙂

Oh, and first to go in the gallery will be the cake photo from my lovely biker friend Dookes.  This week he made the rum and orange cake anglais-fruitcake from my guest post recipe for him then wrote about the results here:  Lili’s Biker Cake – Made and Tested.  Of course I was delighted he’d made the cake and found it ‘seriously good!’.  Hurrah!  Ahem… it is exciting when this kind of thing happens isn’t it?  It isn’t just me who feels like this?!

Cake Anglais-fruitcake for a Biker made by Dookes!

I mean, look at it!  It must be delicious and really moist, wouldn’t you say?  And the dried fruit and nuts are beautifully spread out.  Sigh… if only there was a cake teleporting system.  Drool.  And yes, I know these are the kinds of things you sometimes say to me!  Such is karma. 🙂

So it’s time for a fond farewell sweet and savoury readers!  Hope you’ve enjoyed the combination of cakes and outdoor photos and that you’ve had a lovely mix of things on your (dessert) plate this week too!  Happy baking, clicking or eating and wishing you all a great end of the week! 🙂

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

10 thoughts on “Week (8) of cakes and photos of climbing scenery and architecture!”

    • Thanks Dookes!! I don’t think I’m a genius and it is just adapting from various recipes and playing around, but I’m very glad you’re enjoying your cake! I’d have been quite sad otherwise!! 🙂


    • Thanks Linda! Very happy you enjoyed the post! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend too and see you at FF! 🙂


  1. Claudette says:

    Great photos and macaroons. Shall have to make do with Herme’s ones stored in the freezer…

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    • Thanks mum!!! Very happy you like the photos and macarons! Hope you have a lovely macaron day with your super Hermè ones! 🙂 P.S. I think WIlliam Curley is doing something today if you want to test his macarons again!! 🙂


    • Thank you! Just joined your facebook page and look forward to seeing more of your recipes too! 🙂


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