Emma had her sixth birthday the first of May. She always chooses how her birthday cake should look like. This year she wanted “a green grass meadow with lots of flowers on”. My son’s choice at his birthday a month ago was Tigger (Emma’s wish was a bit more realistic!). I had one evening (+night!) to make it including marzipan flowers. It was filled with an oh so good italian lemon cream and I made a green fluffy vanilla topping (it was delicious but I’m not sure it should turn out that creamy!?!). The girl loved it! The mum was rather boosted after the party.
Früute is made in Los Angeles – a heaven on earth for cookies and mini tarts – mmmmm… visit them here.
HomeMade by Yvette van Boven: “Because I’m often headstrong, I’ve sometimes interpreted classic recipes completely in my own way, and I hope you won’t mind. Because I’m often impatient, I’ve sometimes drawn the recipes because it’s faster, and because at times, probably unnecessarily, I worry that you don’t think in the same realm as I do, I’ve also added memories and photos so you get a sense of what I mean. Just like a formally decorated table, or a beautifully arranged plate, I believe that a cookbook should exude a certain spirit that I think you should be in when you get in the mood to get going in the kitchen.”–from the Introduction!
Right now I’m sitting on the edge of a whole decade. Tomorrow I will start a new one. Scary… not really I’m okay. But I was thinking of posting a spectacular cake full of ganache, sprinkles and all that jazz. But honestly, I’m not into huge cream cakes. And why start now! The images from this extremely delicious and well-written cookbook by Yvette van Boven shows very well what my birthday can be full of. Simple cooking, homemade, heartmade with twists of creative ideas and plenty of time for informal doodles and funny drawings in the kitchen with my kids. Walk in park. Warm fresh baked rolls. Later, perhaps a cocktail from above?
Yvette van Boven tells foodie stories from Ireland and France through HomeMade, her personal recipes + her fine illustrations all in great combination with Oof Verschuren’s photos of food and fantastic nature views. “Cook the winter away. It’s going be a good one”! That’s the spirit for my birthday this year.
Find the book here.
I have a client which I have made a whole bunch of design for which includes a cupcake! I’ll show you the design when it is ready. We needed a picture of a very specific cup cake, and Mariam Mistry the owner of Serenity Cupcakes made it for us. While the special designed cupcake is posing in front of a camera bought some extra fine Serenity cupcakes here at home (the above picture) full of banana, butterflies and shiny pearls = a Banana Bumblebee and a Liquorice Devil with liquorice powder and creamy topping. Mmmmm… smells a bit like summer to me. Cannot wait to show the kids! Visit Serenity Cupcakes in Copenhagen right here.
It is just one of those Mondays. A very rainy one. Our car is an old lady from 1982, a Mercedes so very fine, a pleasure to drive… but it did not want to go anywhere this morning. And it rained. A lot. Emma was not feeling well. The flu? My son and I off to kindergarden. I went to a meeting. Emma got a day off and went to work with my husband. I had no key!? And it rained. A lot. I looked so fab in mascara all over and in a too old plus size xxlarge raincoat. Scarry Halloween mom? Back to the office and then back to my studio on my bike. It never stopped raining. Nope. So lovely. We just got cured by pancakes and some hot coco. It still rains. The car is already back from the mechanic, fast and expensive – well it is still Monday. But we had a great day.
Halloween is all over. Visit Dean & Deluca go get some inspiration on how to decorate fine little monster cookies, make fine cakes etc. The above photos of the lovely cake + the yummi chocolate are also from Dean & Deluca’s website.