Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Speaking of autumn delights, happy Wednesday cake day! If you read my post last week, you'll know what I mean, if you haven't, dive in here...

Anyway, here is my first Wednesday cake and it's a good one. It's Nigel Slater's pudding cake of honey, cinnamon and plums, adapted slightly by Molly and eaten by Balazs and I, plus a few of our friends. Everyone loved it!

Why you should make this beauty today? Well, plums are all the rage right now; cinnamon and early fall go hand-in-hand; Wednesdays deserve a cake (we already established that, haven't we?) and because one slice combined with a cup of hot coffee, a comfy sofa and a quiet house - equals pure magic!

Fancy the recipe now? I thought so:)

Pudding Cake of Honey, Cinnamon and Plums
(By Nigel Slater Tender Volume II, adapted by Orangette)

- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 slightly heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 slightly heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches salt
- 2/3 cup (200 grams) golden syrup
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 9 Tbsp. (125 grams) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (125 grams) lightly packed brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup (240 ml) milk
- 5 (350 grams) ripe plums, pitted and quartered (Next time I'll use more - personal taste)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish, and line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk well.

In a saucepan, warm the golden syrup, honey, and butter over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. When the butter is melted, stir in the brown sugar. Remove the pan from the heat, and set aside to cool for a minute or two.

Break the eggs into a medium bowl, add the milk, and whisk to mix.

Pour the golden syrup mixture into the flour mixture, and stir with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick at this point. Pour in the egg mixture, and continue to stir – it will resist incorporation and look weird at first – until you have a loose, almost sloppy batter without any traces of flour.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and then arrange the plums on top. (They will sink.) Bake for 35 minutes; then place a piece of foil loosely over the top of the cake, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more. The cake should look mostly set at this point, but it might still look the slightest bit soft in the center. That’s okay. Remove the piece of foil, turn off the oven, and leave the cake in there for another 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack. Cool completely before slicing.


P.S: Oh yum...
P.P.S: Got any sweet potatoes? You should make this:)

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Fall Tea

I've been cutting down on coffee for the past two weeks and trying my best to replace my morning cuppa with a nice hot tea. My latest favourite is Emily's ginger pear tea that fits perfectly with the recently cooler mornings and a mild cold that I seem to have caught. Anyway, it's sweetened with medjool dates that add a lovely undertone to the whole mix. Here is the recipe, if you fancy trying something new.

P.S: Tea rituals around the world.
P.P.S: And this.

(Photos by Gather and Dine)

Autumn Cardigan Glory

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

If you're into mastering fall layers to a T, you should get yourself a chunky and snug cardigan this season. Yup, the old favourite is making a huge return with its geek-chic connotations and I like it! I am planning to wear mine under jackets and over trench coats, denim tops, tees, sweaters and even tie them with a belt (or a scarf) for that extra dose of coziness...

Here are six beauties that might tickle your fancy:

From the top: 1. Oversized yellow cardigan - 2. Cashmere wool cardigan - 3. Mini emerald cardigan - 4. The square cardigan - 5. Fiona cardigan - 6. Morgat cardigan.

Any favourites?

P.S: Head-to-toe black.
P.P.S: Also, if you sent me an email yesterday, chances are I didn't get it because of yesterday's worldwide Hotmail glitch, so please send it again and I'll reply in a jiffy. Promise:)

(Photos by/via Jess Ann KirbyAnnika OllilaHarpers BazaarThe Fancy Pants ReportStockholm StreetstyleAtelier DorĂ©Fashion and Style and Rosangela. Layout by exPress-o)

Painted World

I don't know about you, but I am totally smitten with Danna Ray's incredible work! This brilliant artist often chooses to paint directly on location just so she can explore sensory perceptions of time and movement in changing landscapes.

And speaking of painting outdoors, she recently said something that really stayed with me...

'Painting outdoors was one of many things I swore off when I was younger. It always sounded good until I got overwhelmed by gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, oppressive heat, bits of leaves blowing into the paint. Surely adulthood has something to do with the ability to tolerate discomfort for a chance at joy or transformation.'

We all adapt when we really want something, don't we?

P.S: Outings.
P.P.S: Museum of selfies.

(Photos by Danna Ray)

Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Monday, September 18, 2017

With the official start of fall this week and the crisp morning air that sneaks upon Jenny and I while taking our usual walks, I’ve been slowly but surely taking advantage of this changing season. One of my new favourites is this simple trick to make our flat smell, well, like an autumn apple pie. It’s an easy combination of an apple core, sprinkled with a generous amount of cinnamon, a dash of olive oil and placed in a hot oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Try it and you’ll be surprised how something so simple will fill your space with the most comforting scent there is. Happy almost fall, everyone.

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Ah, this too!

(Photo by exPress-o. Tip via Laurie Siegel via Apartment Therapy)

School Lunches Around The World

Did you know that on a typical day, 32 million children in the U.S. eat cafeteria food? Yup! The numbers vary around the world but children from many other counties also have the routine of eating their lunch at school.

Intrigued by the statistics, Sweetgreen decided to actually take a look at what kids really eat and how healthy those meal really are. So, they created this clever series of nine cafeteria lunch trays and the difference is astonishing, if you ask me! Thoughts?

P.S: Food faces.
P.P.S: And this.

(via Whudat)

Weekend Jollies

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, dearies. I am signing off a day early this week. Wishing you an amazing Friday and a relaxing weekend. We're hoping to try a new French bistro on Sunday. I'll see you back here on Monday morning, bright and early, but before you go, don't miss out on the awesome links below.

The come undone - a must read!

Can't wait to try this 3-ingredient raspberry jam.

Beyond tired?

Incredibly moving....

I can't get enough of the little free library project.

Who ever said that work should be the be-all?


The best thing since sliced bread.

The freedom of less.

'If you really love someone...'

How brilliant!

Ha! This is how sperm whales sleep - incredible!

One and done.

'If I were a man'.

Is it possible to have a happy, healthy relationship with a contraceptive?

I need one, oh yes!

Fancy a solo trip? Before check out those tips.

Are you truly depressed? Or is it what you're eating?

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago today.
- Four years ago yesterday.
- Three years ago tomorrow.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

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