Are you hungry?

At the beginning of this year, I wanted to take more photo photographps. I wanted to improve my skills. I haven’t been photographing food as much I want to, but I do have taken some shots now and then. Maybe I should do another food ABC project? Not a bad idea, actually. I’ll think about it.

In the meantime, here are a few food related photographes:

Birthdaycake for the win

Yesterday was my sisters birthday. A few weeks ago I texted her, telling she needed to throw a party because I had planned to bake her a cake. For a while now, I’ve been craving cake. But I can’t make a cake just for me, that’s not right. Even if I made one and treated my friends with some pieces, it would be a lot of cake on me, because the chocolate cake I bake isn’t small; it’s big.

Hanne invted me for her birthday and did what I had promised; I made chocolate cake. I couldn’t, of course, resist take some photographes while baking. Here are some photos from the baking:

To the left you can see my new, awesome sifter – all retro-looking. As you can see of the top photo, the cake contains a lot of butter (300 grams, and that is only the bottom, no icing including). I’m pretty sure that one thing that make the cake so friggen yummy.

I made the cake look like the letter H, since my sister’s name is Hanne. But I also did it because then I could keep some cake for myself. Clever, ay? I’m eating cake as we speak.

If the cake looks yummy and you want to try bake it, here is the recipi:

Chocolate cake in a roasting tin.

4 eggs
4 cups of sugar
2 cups of milk
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
5 1/3 cups of flour
300 gram butter (melted)
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Stir eggs and sugar “white”
2. Pour in the melted butter.
3. Mix the dry stuff in a bowl.
4. Pour in the dry stuff and the milk in turns.
5. Put the batter in a roasting tin.
6. Bake the cake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius in about 45 minutes.

Icing:

6.6 decilitre of icing sugar
130 gram butter (NOT melted, but should be out of the fridge to get soft, easier to work with then)
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
7-8 tablespoons of warm coffee
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Mix the dry stuff.
2. Cut the butter in pieces and toss it in.
3. Put the warm coffee.
4. Stir until there’s no pieces of butter left and the icing is smooth.
5. Put it on top of the cake

On top of the icing you can decorate it with for instance smarties.

Enjoy!


Christmas preparations

It’s less than a week until Christmas and there is a lot of preparations to be done. This weekend started off with gift wrapping. I bought some special paper at a craftstore. And to go with the gifts, I made gift tags. The tags were bought at the same craftstore as the wrapping. I used rubber stamps on all of the gift tags. The all ended up like this:

And this is how it turns out when the gift is wrapped.

It was a lot of fun making these gift tags. I wish I could make a lot more. But you only need so many gift tags. I’ve given some to my mum, because she wanted some. I think I have to make a few more, but that means I have to buy some more. I’ll do that tomorrow after work.

I went home to my parents house yesterday. My friend Linda’s boyfriend celebrated his birthday and I was there. Today I’ve spent a lot of the day making Christmas cookies for mum/dad and Linda. First I made a christmas cookie called serinakaker and the other one is called berlinerkranser. I have no idea what they might be called in english. The recipies can be found here and here.

No baking without taking photos. Because there’s no blogging without photos; that’s dull! And I intended to blog about these Christmas preparations.

The A-Team: Almonds and Albumen!

The cookies. Serinakaker and berlinerkranser.

Pretty cookie box. I had forgotten about this gem from IKEA!

I’m not done with baking. My plan is to bake something that is actually called Christmaskcake. It’s a cake with raisins in it. You can eat it with butter and cheese; preferably a unique Norwegian cheese called Gudbrandsdalsost (or more casual brown cheese).  I don’t know when I’ll have time to do it though. Tuesday I’m busy visiting my newphew and sister; gonna drop off some gifts, collect my earnings (a box of dark chocolate!) from making woven Christmas  hearts for them and spend some qualitytime with Emil. On wednesday I’m meeting Ellen for a gift-swap. Thursday I’m going home; home for Christmas. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow. Or at the end of the week.

About going home for Christmas. Norwegian singer Maria Mena is released a new song called Home for Christmas. It’s beautiful and you should listen to it. Couldn’t find it on youtube, but you’ll def. find it at Spotify.

 

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