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Monday, November 7, 2016

Blitz Torte


Years ago, I tasted a cake that meant "Cloud Cake" in German.  In serving this cake, the German lady stated she "never" shared her recipes!  This I can never understand as I love coming across a recipe that has been give to me.  I usually date and name the recipe with the person's name.  When I come across the recipe, this brings back memories of this person and when it was  given to me.  




Her Cloud Cake had layers of cake, meringue and a lemon filling.  The meringue was on top and the cake did look like a cloud cake.  In my search, I could not find this cloud cake, until recently when I came across a cake called "Blitz Torte" on a Instagram post.  Blitz Torte means Lightning Cake that not only looks beautiful with a meringue topping with toasted almonds but has different textures and flavors.  

I planned to do this for my husband and son's birthdays which are a day apart.  Since I was at a pastoral care conference all weekend, I didn't think I could make this cake with a meringue ahead of time. 


The cake was very quickly made and baked with a meringue layer on top in a springform pan.  The meringue had baking soda added to it which was different from other meringue recipes I have made.  The base was also more like a cookie base than cake. 



The recipe I followed was German Blitz Torte by Omar with modifications

Blitz Torte 
  • Preheat Oven to 325
  • Prepare 2- 8 inch springform pans with grease and flour.

Meringue
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • handful of sliced almonds
Whisk egg whites until soft peaks, add sugar and baking soda gradually.  I probably would use less sugar next time.  
Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp almond flavouring


Cream sugar and butter until light, add egg yolks, gradually mix in flour and baking powder, stir in the milk and flavouring. 



Spread half of the mixture into the pan. There wasn't very much batter, so it is a thin layer.  


Then spread half of the meringue on top, making sure the meringue covers the base and touches the edge of the pan all around. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the meringue


Bake at 325 for 35 to 40  minutes.  I reduced the heat to 275 as the top was browning too quickly.





I used a instant chocolate pudding for the filling and my granddaughter decorated it with Raspberries. 



The two birthday boys were very pleased with the cake


Monday, October 24, 2016

DIY Maleficent Costume for a Birthday Theme Party!





  • After hunting for a head piece for a dress that was perfect for a Maleficent costume and finding a head piece that cost seventy dollars, I decided to sew the head piece.  I had found DIY tutorials for making the horns out of cardboard, which was very involved and too detailed!  Too many steps for me!  After seeing the head piece made out of thick foam fabric, I decided "How difficult can this be" to sew!


    I had sewn all my children's Halloween customes when fabric was not expensive and  when it was cheaper to sew than buying pre made costumes.  And although I did use a pattern, most times the patterns had to be adjusted to what the children wanted or visualized the costume to be!

    Buying fabric is an experience now as there is only one fabric box store in the city.  While shopping, one realizes that sale prices apply only to Members and since I do not sew enough anymore, thirty dollars for a year's membership is ridiculous!   Checking out the discount area, the cost has gone up from $1.50 to later $2.50 to now a range from four dollars to eight dollars.  There was a dollar off all discount fabric but only for members!  Although, I only needing about a half a metre, I was told that since it was discount fabric, I had to buy a whole metre!  Unhappily I said I would take a metre, thinking of all the full boxes of unused fabric I had in the house.  The fabric had been cut by scissors resulting in a  irregular edge.  I asked the server to rip the fabric which resulted in me walking off with about a metre and half!  Oh great, I thought .."More Fabric", even though in total it cost me four dollars!

Sketching out the shape of a horn and cutting out 4 pieces of fabric for the horns, which were stuffed with polyfill stuffing. 




A pattern for a rabbit head bonnet was used. Since it was children's size, I increased it a bit for me. 




The back of the bonnet was gathered at the seam line using an elastic from the top of the seam to the bottom.. I had wished I had cut the length of the bonnet longer at the bottom to cover more of my hair.  I had also gathered in the middle of each side but this made the bonnet to small, so left on a little bit of the elastic.  I could have lined the bonnet but felt it would be too hot to wear at a house party.  The edges of the bonnet were hemmed. 



The next step was placement of the horns, which were sewn on to the bonnet. 



 Since the horns were only filled with Polypill stuffing did not sit properly on the head.  The solution was a leather strip that went around the bonnet and also was used to glue the horns in place so they sat firmly. 


Using the piece of fabric that had be cut irregularly for the head piece, I still had close to a metre left!






Although I had a perfect dress for the costume, I decided to wear a long black dress and sew a cape for the costume.  A trip to the Dollarama store in our neighbor found the prefect solution to a Maleficent cape.  The cape was trim with Pinking shears at the bottom, the top was gathered and trimed with a bais tape cut from the fabric to trim the edge and make a tie. 

My solution to making a stand up collar and supporting it on the cape was to buy a wired bat with sparkles and place the bat upside down so the wings were the ruffled top.. I did need feather but Dollarama no longer sold the Feather Boa!  








As one know the best critics of Disney characters are the children that have watched the movie! We dropped in to show the customes to our five year old grandchild. Her first reaction was shock which quickly followed to recognition after silence and a steady study, " You're Maleficent".  Yes, I had passed the test! 





My husband went as Sebastian, the Bad Butler!



  • On to the Theme Birthday Party!


    One never quite know what to except when you enter our friend's home for their Annual Birthday theme parties. Each room had been draped with fabric and lit with different lighting.


    This year the theme was Good Versus Evil!

The birthday girl! The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland





In spite of their busy schedules. Hilary and Trump made an appearance.


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What would a party be without food!




And a special cocktail just for me, Maleficent ! I understand it was delicious!



Now is Santa Good or Evil?


Someone wore her beautiful wedding dress that looked specutular in the Florescent Light! Not sure if this was Good or Evil!



Hilary drumming up support from Santa!






The Staircase to Heaven! With an angel at the base!



Sunday, October 23, 2016

Frittata, Baked Omelette, crustless Quiche.



Sometimes recipes just evolve and lack a name, as this dish does.  This is a baked omelette or crustless quiche which is a great brunch or supper dish.  Basically an egg and milk based dish with a variety of ingredients added to it.  I like spinach added to dish and find the puck of frozen spinach perfect to add to this dish when thawed out.  I also like to add cottage cheese if I have this, or a handful of shredded cheese.  I find the amount of cheese added to recipes nowadays is over the top. Cheese was not a staple in my Mom's kitchen although Cottage cheese was used in some of her dishes, like Nalysnyskibaked bun with fresh dill and cottage cheese fillings, pyrohy.  I remember her being very disappointed with the taste of her Pyrohy the first time she used store bought cottage cheese instead of her homemade farm cottage cheese. 




To this 8inch Quiche dish, I have added 4 well beaten eggs, 1 cup of liquid, which can be cream or milk.

I like covering the egg mixture with thin slices of potatoes that have been tossed in Olive oil.  when the potatoes are arranged, dust with paprika.  This potato covering works so well with pot pies.  


Bake at 375 to 400 for 30 minutes until potatoes cooked.  









Everything tastes better with sun kissed tomatoes which are locally grown!