Month: April 2017

Molten chocolate cakes

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These little delights are super-chocolaty. I mean *really* loaded with chocolate, but easy to make. The recipe uses bittersweet chocolate, although semisweet works as well. INGREDIENTS 30g unsalted butter, softened 170g bittersweet chocolate (70%) 55g superfine sugar a pinch salt 2 large eggs, beaten ½ tsp vanilla extract 20g all-purpose flour This recipe makes three cakes, so you can easily double it if needed. We only made three because they are so rich, and there are […]

A pineapple upside-down cake

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Is this cake kitschy? Maybe, but it’s still delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp butter 6-7 pineapple rings (fresh or canned) 110g butter 110g superfine sugar 110g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 tbsp milk (optional) 1.  Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin, and line the base with parchment paper. 2. Heat the honey and 1 tbsp butter gently, […]

A humble cabbage soup

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Often when you use the word “cabbage” as it relates to cooking, people cringe. You can feel the “ooooh yuck!”, in their facial expressions. But cabbage is one of those inherently winter ingredients. Cabbage soup of course can be quite a refined affair. INGREDIENTS olive oil ½ green cabbage, cored, and shredded ¾ cup white wine 2 large potatoes, chopped 2 brown onions, chopped 1 pinch nutmeg 1 smoked pork chop salt and pepper to […]

Visiting Luzern (ii)

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Switzerland / travel

For train aficionados, no visit to Lucerne is complete without spending an afternoon at the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz or Swiss Museum of Transport. A short train trip, or boat ride across the lake. This museum has extensive collections of rail, road, air and cableway transportation memorabilia, including numerous engines from Swiss railways. I spent a good amount of time in the railway halls, which are full of historical Swiss trains. Trains like the Krokodil, or “Crocodile” were introduced in […]