Week (25) of cakes, climbing and crazy bonfires!

Cake news and fun

This week I’ll be sharing a bonfire tradition that started way back in the neolithic period with you, along with my little selection of homemade goodies.  Le Snickers patisserie chocolate bar proved rather popular with readers and there seemed to be some drooling.  It’s probably hard to go wrong with salted caramel, peanuts and shortbread all coated in milk chocolate, but will I be able to go back to mass-produced chocolate bars?  I’ll try hard.

Then for something totally different I made my favourite savoury cake, la Torta di verdura (Italian vegetable cake).  Which is so yummy it’s just as addictive as chocolate!  And good for you.  Woohoo!  I used my healthy new best friend coconut oil instead of olive for frying the onions and brushing the pie.  Then I remembered promising you a French pâtisserie classic that takes half an hour to make:  an old favourite but with coconut milk, cardammon and cinammon added to the vanilla to make le flan de grand-mère coco (grandma’s coconut flan).  It needs tweaking but turned out just as rustic and slightly burnt-looking as in French patisseries.  Honest, I’m not kidding!  Long live the rustic look! 🙂  Recipe hitting cyberspace in the future.

Pecan spirals

And finally, there were some Pecan spirals, aka yafawi sfeeha that the Daring kitchen challenged us to make.  Their recipes for the meat, cheese and walnut versions are here if you’re interested, with photos of the daring bakers’ yummy creations.

Stuff you guys made from the blog

Almost forgot to include this photo Claudette sent me (yes, my mum!) of her healthy spelt digestive biscuits.  They look so lovely and neat.  Of course this pretty photo’s going up on the footbar gallery of stuff you guys made.  Anyone else want to contribute and bring a smile to my face?! 🙂  Or send me a cake… hee hee.

digestives made my Claudette

Perfect digestive biscuits made by Claudette in London. So yummy for tea! 🙂

Climbing and bonfires

Last weekend we were out camping and climbing in the mountains of Lleida in la vall del boi where we all truly appreciated the cool evenings.  Here I am proving it is possible to eat cakes regularly and also climb, though I confess I’m a bit slow at times! 🙂

ClimbingAnd here we are eating at the bottom of the rock.  I’m tucking into my fruitcake which I shared with my climbing friends (they loved it).Eating at the rockThen in the evening we went to the little village of Llesp to watch les falles (bonfires), an annual event where villagers dressed in blue shirts run down from the forest then around the village carrying huge wooden torches, screaming to scare the ghosts and spirits away from the village.  Here’s an extremely brief video.

Running to the bonfireThe runners add their torches to the bonfire in the main square. Then everyone drinks in the square and dances to live music (the Platinum group) till dawn. Surreal and wonderful.  Bonfire in the main square

Well, it’s time to bid you farewell again sweet reader.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the weirdness that are rituals from the past and the edibles here.  Have an excellent weekend!  May you be amazing as always and amazed by life’s little wonders!  And of course, happy baking and eating! 🙂 x

P.S.  Don’t forget you have till August 6th to make your soufflé for our friendly soufflé challenge and to post or send photos!  All soufflés are welcome, including those that have collapsed but are still delicious! 🙂






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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. :)

2 thoughts on “Week (25) of cakes, climbing and crazy bonfires!”

    • Rock climbing is great – you should try it Natascha! There’s some nice rocks around Madrid and lots of people do it in Spain. It’s also very safe if you go with trustworthy climbing partners. 🙂 🙂

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