Extremely Creamy Yogurt, Raspberry and Lime Cake

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Cook / Desserts and sweets
Creamy yogurt and raspberry cake

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

- Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

Allow me to admit that I’m a bit stressed out lately. We all have these moments in our lives, right? So many things to do, not enough time to do them all. Dreaded feelings that we could do better. In nearly everything.

I wish I could do six impossible things before breakfast.

I have to force myself to stop and do me activities. Play the piano and make cakes. Blog about it too, why not? Thank goodness for cake. In my case I’ll add a suffix, thank goodness for cake for breakfast. I’ve been rushing around so much lately that, apart from my sacred morning coffee, unless I have a cake for breakfast, – who can resist that? – I forget to eat anything all morning. Not ideal, I know. I think I’ve even lost weight due to this forgetfulness.

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The Blue Hour in Barcelona

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Photography / Ponder

 The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.

- Haruki Murakami, Dance, Dance, Dance

The first time I ever heard of the blue hour was through my friend Randall. In photography there are two blue hours in the day: approximately one hour before dawn and one hour before sunset. I’m not sure if it literally means that the sky will turn an amazing shade of blue in the photos during these moments. I think it is so, and that you can also play with the light to create stunning effects in the colours.

I had been wanting to go out to try and see if I could capture this blue hour. This evening I had a bit of time to spare so I went out to do the experiment. I think I possibly found some positive results. They are nowhere near as dramatic as his photos, so for truly bewitching blue hour photos please visit his post about the blue hour.

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Seasoning my Arbequina Olives

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Cook / Vegetables and legumes
Thyme and lemon arbequina olives

My Arbequina Olive Project met an unexpected acceleration. Marta, our friend that gifted me the arbequina olives had been reading my previous olive post and sent me some smoke signals. Seeing that they are from her tree, and she’s had the tree for 10 years, I immediately changed my olive curing plans to put her wisdom into practice.

I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing this story in a couple of lines. She got the olive tree as a gift she and her husband decided to present to themselves when their daughter was born 10 years ago. What a beautiful idea.

I was a bit concerned that some of my olives where beginning to get some brown spots. She assured that it’s normal, her arbequina olives do the same.

The big news was that I don’t need to soak them and change the water for 4-8 weeks. Only about 9 days are fine. This was brilliant news for me, because I have to go and spend a long week in Madrid and I didn’t fancy giving instructions to Mr. H. to change the water every couple of days. This is only because my pride makes me stubborn so I don’t like asking for help.

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New York {The Rest}

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Places / Wander

What, indeed, is a New Yorker? Is he Jew or Irish? Is he English or German? Is he Russian or Polish? He may be something of all these, and yet he is wholly none of them. Something has been added to him which he had not had before. He is endowed with a briskness and an invention often alien to his blood. He is quicker in his movement, less trammeled in his judgement…The change he undergoes is unmistakeable, New York, indeed, resembles a magic cauldron. Those who are cast into it are born again.

- Charles Whibley, Americal Sketches 

As promised here is a last post with photos from New York, these are sort of a mumble jumble of all the rest. I must admit I regret not having made lots of photos of the cast iron buildings in and around SoHo, which I thought were splendid – in their own iron way. Perhaps I was too busy gawking at them. Funny enough I only made some photos of some fusion-iron-oriental buildings in Chinatown.

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New York {Top of the Rock}

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Places / Wander
NY from Rockefeller

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

- Isaiah 33:6, King James Bible, Cambridge Edition

An excerpt from the biblical book of Isaiah is carved into the top of the entrance of the Rockefeller Center Building in Art Deco style. This is where we enter the Rockefeller Center Building to go up the observation center and, as someone behind me in the queue expressed, to feel like you’re on top of the world.

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