It was my dearest person’s birthday yesterday. Very important day and so a very big but nice task pressed down on my shoulders.
I’ve been thinking, this whole present giving ritual that so many of us expect on our birthdays is not really something we do in our family. Kids do get something special from their wish list, but us big ones, we try to just be part of a great celebration and make sure the ‘birthday person’ will have something that will lift him or her up and hopefully will leave something lovely to remember. So with that all in mind, I’ve offered our oldest son to make something for Karsten, that would pass as ‘especially for you’ and more importantly -’ with love’. Mr. K loves to eat. And he loves a good treat. So this time it was very easy. We chose biscotti.
My boy added, peeled, mixed and giggled as his very first biscotti was being made. I had to do the cutting, and brushing with the oil part, but the rest was done well without my help (not that there is that much to do anyway)
And the result was good. They look great, taste great and it made K very happy. Even though the surprise was ‘spoiled’ by a 3.5 year old announcing first thing in the morning before the big day that ‘we made biscuits for you daddy, it’s your birthday surprise’… bless those little darlings!
Next day it was my turn to bake. I spent quite a bit of time looking for the right cake. Wanted something new, something quarantined to taste more than good and something that doesn’t take too long to get to the final result. It was a French style yoghurt cake with lemon that made the honours. And if you haven’t tried one yet – this should be the next thing you will bake. Ours is gone. Two adults and two little mouths – in one day. That’s the reference. And if any of you did hear me talking something about ‘reaching my normal weight very soon’ you will have to wait longer till you see the results. Even too tight jeans will not stop me from making (and eating!) one of those French yoghurt cake variations again soon! Gosh… that’s not the right attitude is it?
Recipe is from here. Again: 50×50 whole wheat and plain flour, 180gr of raw sugar, red palm – canola oil, some ground almonds, 1,5 grated lemon zest and some frozen summer berries (blackcurrants, redcurrants, blackberries, raspberries).
Plus to all those good calories from sweet things we also went to a Spanish tappas place and stuffed ourselves with delight. Ah, good food and a good birthday goes so well together!
I’m detoxing myself today