November Cake

Okay, this cake is termed “November Cake”, but you can eat it the whole winter long. The name is just a form of self-control. Otherwise one would begin to bake the first of this chocolate-apple-cinammon treat in early August.

Picture by Franzi

I love this cake. Always and forever…. not only in November!

Recipe: Serves 8-10 persons

Ingredients: 200 g sugar, 250 g butter, 6 eggs, 250 g all-purpose flour, 1 packet baking powder, 1 TBS cinnamon, 2 TBS cocoa,120 g chopped almonds, 6 apples

For the frosting: 1 packet powdered sugar, rum

Preparation: Stir egg yolks, sugar and butter/margarine until light. Add flour, almonds, cocoa, cinnamon and baking powder. Afterwards, add diced apple pieces. In the end, fold egg whites into the mixture. Spread the mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake it for 35-40 min at 175°-180°C.  Apply the frosting onto the chilled cake.

Enjoy!

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Local Listening

There is so much musical potential around us… Great bands can be found everywhere. Here are my three local music heroes:

PLAY AND REWIND (next gigs: 8.12. HH and 9.12. HB):

JOGA CLUB (next gig OS 3.12., Bastard Club):

CAUGHT INDIE ACT (next gig 23.12. OS Kleine Freiheit, Kapelle Kapelle Vol. III):

By the way… HERE you can listen to my Fall Music List via iTunes! You will find a number of familiar artists 😉 Have Fun. XOXO

November delights

It’s grey and cold outside. So, some treats are needed desperately. Here they come…

ASA crockery in knit design.

These two songs:

Funny felt birds from skandi-chick (Photo by Franzi, seen at Schäffer, Osnabrück).

Ball christmas pyramid from the German Erzgebirge.

Floral Ice Cubes.

This photo from oh_cloudberry.

Fortune cookies necklace.

Beautiful maiden braids and DIY instruction.

Cuuute owl:

… and this heart-warming article.

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Elliott Erwitt

I stumbled over the work of advertising and documentary photographer Elliott Erwitt in an art museums book store and was immediately struck by the subtle meanings and irony in his pictures. Many of them made me laugh out loud and some are quite shocking in their honesty.

Here are a few impressions from his website:

Granny Ruths potato stew (“saure Kartoffelstückchen”)

Every time I visited my grand parents as a child and my granny Ruth asked me, what I would like to eat I answered: “Saure Kartoffelstückchen”. I am so glad I was clever enough to ask her after the recipe before she was gone… Despite I eat it through all seasons, it is the ultimate comfort food when its crisp and cold outside. Enjoy!

Recipe serves 4:

1. Peel 1kg potatos, cut them into pieces. Peel and chop one onion. Put everything into a large pot, add water until all is covered, add one bay leave and some caraway. Bring everything to cook.

2. Cut one glass of gherkins into pieces and add them to the pot. Cook for 20 minutes.

3. Prepare some roux and add together with the pickle juice to the stew, boil up again.

4. Spice the stew with salt, caraway and chopped parsley.

… Meat lovers should add some minced meat or sliced wieners.

All pics by Franzi.

American Apparel

Every time I see an American Apparel store I have to go inside. The clothes are just so elementary basic… you can wear them with everyhing and in most cases it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female… ingenious!

Denim Long Sleeve Button-Up Shirt.

Unisex Winter Jacket.

Polka Dot Chiffon Oversized Button-Up.

Colourful Opaque Pantyhose.

Cotton-Nylon Blend Long Jacket.

Velvet Full Woven Skirt.

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Dream away your fall blues with Memoryhouse

When I first listened to the song “To the lighthouse” of dream pop group Memoryhouse, I wanted to buy it immediately… But back then, it was not sold in Germany (now it is possible  to buy it via Sub Pop Records, but with expensive shipping costs).  The band exists only since 2010, their first album TBD is planned for 2012 and I keep my fingers crossed that it will also be available for us german fans.

 

Countdown to X-Mas

Only two more weeks until the first of advent. Time to prepare X-Mas calenders for your dears: Whether for your partner, your friends or the kids, isn’t it a big fun to fill the little pockets with sweets and treats? And who wouldn’t enjoy the small kick of anticipation before open the door/parcel in the 24 mornings before the big feast?

Here are six beautiful X-mas calendar ideas: Grey felt box calender via dawanda.

Country style: Blue-white cotton bags via dawanda.

What a beautiful idea: 24 gift coupons on a line. Seen at country living.

Eco friendly and romantic via etsy.

Funny and simple: coffey cups seen at living at home.

I will prepare something like this: classical numbered bags via dawanda.

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