Christmas fruitcake

It’s almost Christmas and me and my mum like to start early with the decorations and cookie baking. My mum decided to make a christmas fruitcake and wanted me to share it with all you guys. We call it a christmas fruitcake but it’s actually an english fruitcake but we just like to eat it at Christmas 🙂
the recipe contains lots of dried fruits and nuts so get ready to chop ! (be careful though !) So what you need before you even begin to read the ingredients is; make sure you have enough time because this cake isn’t ready in 30min, and you’ll need a fairly large mixing bowl and when i say large i mean large :p And of course you’ll need a bund shaped cake tin.

So for the ingredients …

100 gr raisins
200 gr maraschino cherries (the one you use in cocktails)
1/2 dl of the maraschino cherrie syrup
100 gr dates
100 gr candied fruit
100 gr of nut mix
1/2 dl of whiskey
225 gr butter
4 eggs
2  1/2 dl sugar ( we use our measuring cup)
4  1/2 dl flour
2 teaspoons four-spice (if you don’t have four-spice you can use 1tspn cinnamon, 1 tspn gingerpouder, 1/2 tspn of clove powder)
and then last but not least 1 tspn of cacao powder.

You start by chopping all the nuts fruits,cherries(you can just half these) and dates in to little bits. Put them all into a bowl and pout in the syrup and whiskey. Mix them together and cover up with some foil, let them soak in the flavors for about an hour.
Meanwhile in another bowl soften the butter together with the sugar. Then slowly add the eggs, one at a time. It may look like the mixture is shifting but that’s the way it’s supposed to look, just keep mixing !
When the fruit mixture has been soaked for an hour you can add flour and spices and cacao powder, mix well and make sure all is covered in flour (this will make them from dropping to the bottom of your cake). Then add the flour mix to the butter mix and again mix well. At this stage you can taste if your cake needs more seasoning.
Preheat your oven at 170°C or 338 F while you oven is heating up grease the cake tin and dust with (grounded!) breadcrumbs, this will help to get the cake out of the tin more easily.  After dusting the tin you can start filling it with the batter. Make sure it’s evenly spread and then put in the oven for 2 hours (yes 2 hours is a long time). When finished let the cake cool down in the tin before getting it out.

Dust the top with icing sugar and decorate with a festive ribbon and voila your ready for christmas !

Stacking The Shelves *26/11/12*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

So this is my first stacking the shelves post ! 🙂
I”m a really picky girl when it comes to books. I like to buy my books in a store where i can see and hold them so no online buying for me (unless i have no other option). And i always buy them new, and if i can’t buy new books i’ll go for the really really old vintage ones, the ones that smell like old memories 🙂 And last but not least i’m from Belgium and the books here are EXPENSIVE !! so i always buy a lot of books when we go on holiday to England. In Belgium it would be around 13 euro’s more for the same book so that’s really ridiculous.

These are the books i bought on my trip to Brighton this weekend.

Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Bared To You – Silvia Day
You Against Me – Jenny Downham
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year – Sue Townsend
The Vintage Teacup Club – Vanessa Greene
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Someone Like You – Roald Dahl
The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes

 

 

I’ve read my fair share of teen vampire stories for now so i decided to go back to some old familiars. I picked up the new Sue Townsend book because i really liked what she has done before so i couldn’t go wrong with that. Roald Dahl … well i guess everybody has read the children’s books but this one is an adult stories, one of the few he wrote so i really wanted to read that to ( it’s not a new book btw). Then Jane Austen well it’s just a classic that everybody has to right am i right or what 🙂 ?
All the other books are just books i read reviews about here on WordPress and they all seemed so very promising ! And yes i know Silvia Day is in there to, and i’m gonna be honest yes I’ve read the Fifty Shades trilogy and yes i liked it, so yes i bought Silvia Day because (almost) all the reviews says this series is even better so i couldn’t resist  😀

In dire need of some comfort food

So I had a really stressful week … I had a deadline on my project and i was sure i wasn’t going to finish in time, guess what i’m done 2 days early 🙂 So now i really need some comfort food to get my spirits up again. And for this i have the perfect recipe, it’s not even a recipe but a sauce. I have this sauce recipe you can make with noodles or rice, chicken fish or beef … It always cheers me up just when i need it.
Because i had nothing left in the fridge or freezer i made a vegetarian version today.

Ingredients ( for 2 )
sauce:
– 60ml soy sauce
– 2 tblspns worcester sauce
– 1 1/2 tblspns ricewine
– 1 tblspn mirin
– 1 tblspn ketchup
– 1 tblspn oystersauce
– 2 tspn brown sugar

Yellow noodles for 2
1 clove of garlic
a pinch of chili flakes
mixed stir fry vegetables

So this is really easy to make! First make the sauce, just combine all the ingredients and stir a bit. Meanwhile boil water and put your wok on the fire so that can heat up to. When the water is boiling put in the noodles and cook them for 3 minutes. i time this because 3 minutes is perfectly al dente the japanese way 🙂 while the noodles are on put some oil in the wok and put in the chopped garlic and chili flakes. Then add the vegetables. when they are half done put in half of the sauce. so we’re almost done ! easy right ? so your noodles should be long done by now. Drain them and add them to the veggies, then add rest of the sauce. DONE ! plate up and enjoy 🙂