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!! 🙂 After 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!):
PLAYING WITH SHADOWS, MYSTERY AND A DIAGONAL LINE
A POP OF COLOUR
PLAYING WITH LIGHT AND THE SUN
BIG CLOSE UP OF AN APRES-CLIMB BEER
PLAYING WITH COLOUR – THROUGH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES
SCALING – LITTLE MEN, BIG ROCK
ARCHITECTURE IN MONOCHROME
IMPLIED MOTION (will work on panning another day)
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.
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.
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?!
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! 🙂