The Food Exchange – Chocolate

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“Is there a chance that in nearly two years of our Food-Exchange-Project we’ve never had Chocolate as one of our monthly themes?” – This was the thought that popped into my head when Lucy and I were looking for what we could bake this month.
Well, it really turns out we’ve never had used one of the most obvious baking themes ever for our Food Exchange. Time to change this, we thought…so here we are with our delicious chocolate bakes.*

Lucy’s challenge for me was making english Tea Cakes – delicious and very high calorie treats that are filled with Marshmallow fluff. They are pretty similar to the german “Schokoküsse”…and they surprisingly turned out to be one of my favourite Food Exchange bakes so far!

 

*If you haven’t read about Lucy’s and my project “The Food Exchange”, please have a look here for more information and lots of delicious bakes :).

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Dunham Massey Park

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I think I often underestimate how many beautiful places are literally right at my door step. There are many places that I have seen and that I want to see that are really far away, but sometimes it is worth looking around and apreciate what you can find around where you live.

The Nationaltrust Park in Dunham Massey is one of these gems. A 15 minute drive away there is this stunning Park in the Cheshire country side and it is well worth a visit.

We went there a while ago for a long walk and I managed to take some pictures.

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Review: September

September just flew by and I know I keep saying it…but I cannot believe it is October already and we have to start thinking about Christmas presents. How crazy is that!
Last month we had the most amazing time in Berlin. I will share some pictures here soon.
On the blog I wrote about Crumpets, they were mouthwatering! I also showed you some pictures and the story about Frieda’s and my birth cards and I shared a recipe of my mum’s Plum tart with you.

In October I want to share some pictures of an afternoon we spent in a beautiful park. I will also write about the new Food Exchange, the topic will be chocolate, and I am a bit nervous how the bake will turn out as I have never made anything like it before – so it might be a total mess.
I have a few other ideas and maybe I will also find the time to write about the GRUB food fair in Manchester, which is well worth a visit.

I hope you will all have a lovely October, full of cozy moments at home, when the days start getting shorter and shorter – let’s make the most of it!

Welcome autumn – let’s make a plum tart!

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According to my blog plan I wanted to show you some pictures of one of the places I travelled to a while ago…but then my mum last weekend suggested making a plum tart and after I made it I really had to take some pictures to share it here on the blog. Well, plans are here to be changed, aren’t they ;).
It is a really great recipe and the cake is so, so delicious.

My mum told me she has been using this recipe for years and it is one of her favourites. In the last weeks she has already made several plum tarts.
The beauty of the cake is that there are only few ingredients and that it is super quick to make. There is no waiting involved as the dough doesn’t have to rest in the fridge etc.

Have a look below and give it a try :).

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Birth cards – now and 29 years ago

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A long time before our little girl was born I already knew how I wanted her birth cards to look like. I always adored the birth cards my mum made when I was born and I was determined I wanted to copy the way she did them for my first child. I wanted it to be my way to welcome my girlie in this world and to celebrate her arrival.

As we  didn’t know the gender before the birth, I bought two different kinds of yarn during the very impatient wait after my due date had passed – ready to get started as soon as possible :).

Today I want to show you a few pictures of the cards that I made for the closest family to say thank you for all the wishes and lovely gifts. I will describe a little bit how I made them. They are very special to me and I put a lot of effort in every single card. We also wrote them all by hand so it took a little while to make them – but it was so worth it!

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The Food Exchange – Breakfast

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Today Lucy from www.lucyabakes.com and I are back with the monthly Food Exchange – the theme is Breakfast. If you haven’t read about Lucy’s and my Food Exchange, please have a look here where you can find all the details and recipes we tried out before.
This month Lucy’s suggestion for me was making Crumpets.
Before I moved to England I had never heard of Crumpets…but after trying then I immediately discovered that they are super, super delicious!

Crumpets are toasted and then eaten with butter, that melts in the pores of this tasty and quite fluffy flour and yeast bake. I always thought making them must be quite difficult, so I never gave it a try – for me they were one of these things that you buy every now and then, but that you never really consider making yourself.
When Lucy suggested this bake to me and I looked at the recipe I couldn’t wait to give it a try because it actually sounded more than doable to me.

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