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Week (9) of cakes, Easter and good news! :)

Cake news and fun

Oops, was so busy making new cakes I almost forgot to give you the usual resumé of stuff made this week!  Well, there were cakes and treats from all over the world with French lemon cream macarons, cumin and cayenne pepper gougères, ginger bananas from the Seychelles with spelt crêpes and traditional Spanish mona Easter egg breads.  I also whipped up a verrine (trifle in a jar) of strawberries, left-over lemon cream and crushed lemon macarons, then decided I wasn’t spending enough time in the kitchen and should also produce a Polish Easter bread which will appear next week as too many cakes are cluttering up this page!  How did this happen and what is this madness?  Please don’t run away.Week 9

It was all going quite normally until I thought ‘must try making some traditional Easter breads’.  Of course they’re the ones you knead and leave to prove (rise) twice.  After half a day playing with delightful dough your house will smell like a bakery and you’ll have happy people eating fresh and fluffy sweet loaves.  Or in my case a bunch of climbing friends munching on them at the rock all weekend!  The climbers form part of my diet plan but I feel another healthy cake week is needed so we can all enjoy guilt-free treats and stay in peak condition sweet reader!  Good news huh?  My body thanked me for the Seychellois bananas with fresh ginger and the quail eggs on the monas, but there’s more healthy stuff waiting out there!  Like Chia seeds!  Easter Chia seeds?  Hmm… back to the kitchen lab!

Oh, and I’ll give you a quick Easter update.  First question for you:  what is this woman holding in her hand?  I’ll give you a clue:  it isn’t a fashion statement.  Have a guess!

Woman and stick!

Woman holding a ribboned stick in Barcelona!

And what is this man selling?

Man selling

Man selling … ?

Correct!  Palm Sunday (Domingo de Palmas) regalia.  Starting off Easter week, in Catalunya this is a day of joy when Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem is celebrated and at today’s church mass people held or wore palm creations which the priest sprinkled with blessed water.  A climber friend confirmed that most children participate in this custom till the age of 9 or 10, with boys holding a stick and girls some kind of bouquet arrangement.  With ribbons and sweets attached!

Palm Sunday sticks

Palm Sunday sticks

palm bouquets

Small palm bouquets for the ladies to wear on their lapels

And more good news I’d like to share with you.  Well, you know a great highlight of my baking week is the Fiesta Friday (FF) link party hosted by Angie of the Novice Gardener.  It’s a wonderful way to communicate with and support fellow baking and cooking bloggers, make new friends and be inspired by the wonderful food on offer at the party!!!  Well, over the last weeks two of my recipes were ‘featured’ at the party.  This means each one was amongst the four recipes chosen from over a 100 and given a special mention – very exciting for me! If you have time on your hands you can read the Lemon cream macarons FF comments or the Raspberry Charlotte FF comments and see the other lovely recipes chosen!  Or make them!  And come to the party! 🙂

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend sweet reader and have a great week ahead, welcoming Spring in your own special way!!!  Till next time, happy celebrating!!! 🙂

P.S:  Psst!  Here’s a sneak preview photo of the Polish bread!

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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. :)

8 thoughts on “Week (9) of cakes, Easter and good news! :)”

    • Thank you Deborah, I appreciate that! Yes, I confess I jumped around a lot and yipped when I found out! 🙂 Happy you like all the other sweet things this week too! Have a good week with your camera! 🙂

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    • Hope you’re still okay Nancy! I’ll have to throw in healthy stuff soon, for all our sakes! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed seeing Barcelona! 🙂

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