Lamington cake

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My first visit to Australia was a very short one. It happened almost unintentionally as Sydney airport was the last stop on our way to New Zealand. We landed at 5am. The first thing I noticed was the heavy rain outside. Somehow I didn’t expect that! The picture of Australia I imagined had nothing to do with the reality I could see through the windows. Also, I guess after being high in the air for so many hours we expected the same light to meet us on the ground. Certainly not heavy rain! Continue reading

buckwheat tea cookies as the perfect ending to a dinner party

buckwheat tea cookies

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This is as close to perfection as anyone can get – in my modest opinion… to finish such a pompous sentence I’ll add – when it comes to cookies! It’s actually hard to continue writing after this statement. Then again it was hard to do anything after I baked these. I spend some significant time just staring at them. They are some mesmerising cookies!

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polenta pound cake with strawberry jam glazing

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Sometimes the words are not enough, you just have to bake a cake! Nonetheless, I would like to add a word or two – as I always do. This year has been amazing for me. There are a few reasons, but the one I am particularly proud of is this space and me being brave (and persistent) enough to make the start. I should really stop here and save a word or two for my end of a first year in blogging post, as I plan to achieve that, but the end of the year makes me reflecting on a few things. Plus, besides celebrating the end of the year and start of the new one, I get to celebrate my birthday as well, so one calendar year means literally one personal year to me.

Yes, I am almost a Christmas baby – you can guess how many times I’ve heard that one before. I’ll just add regarding the timing, the only stressful part for me (when I was little) was getting enough presents for all the occasions – which I did, so no harm done. Nowadays I am happy to go out for a dinner with my husband or host a dinner party at our place, that is all – oh and maybe a small and thoughtful present.

Of course, there is always a cake. I’ve mentioned earlier that since I remembered we had a chocolate cake, Sacher, in particular, for all our birthday parties. This time, I’ve decided that it has been a precedent long enough and it is time for a change. Luckily I am the main baker in the house so voilà this time on the menu is – polenta pound cake.

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