30 December 2009
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28 December 2009
27 December 2009
26 December 2009
25 December 2009
if only I had a magic wand I would make it christmas everyday
for all those who are ill and disturbed
for all who are in danger
for all who are silently lonely
for all who feel lost
for all those other creatures who are neglected, hungry and frighten
in need of a hug
for all the bits of nature mistreated and damaged
in need of consideration and admiration ...
but since I'm no fairy I can only hope to share some peace with my neighbour everyday.
wishing you some inner peace on this day!
image from december 2007
24 December 2009
23 December 2009
line the base of a 23cm cake tin with non-stick baking parchment and butter the sides. pre-heat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/gas mark 3.
to make the cake, begin by creaming the butter and sugar until thick and fluffy, then beat in the yolks one by one, alternating with spoonfuls of the chestnut purée. beat in the rest of the purée and the grated chocolate. whisk the egg whites until stiff, then slowly fold into the mixture. scrape into the prepared tin, smooth down and bake for 50-60 minutes until firm to the touch. cool on a wire rack, then cut in half horizontally.
for the cream, begin by whisking the egg yolks with the sugar, cream and vanilla extract until pale and very thick. cream the butter until fluffy, them beat in the cooled melted chocolate and fold in the egg yolk mixture to make a chocolate butter cream.
sandwich the two halves of the cooled cake together with half the cream, then use the remainder to cover the top and sides. decorate with the marrons glacés and sugared almonds if using or create your own festive decoration.
labels in the kitchen
22 December 2009
21 December 2009
20 December 2009
19 December 2009
18 December 2009
look in detail! made by tiny hands discovering the secret world of plants. the beauty of indigo blue delicately impressed with drawings and nature.
from early this month ... a simple exhibition just around the corner from home
exhibition at casa da cerca (in portuguese only)
labels I spy
16 December 2009
15 December 2009
14 December 2009
labels on the road