An easy chocolate cake that is quick and fool-proof, and perfect for birthdays and celebrations.
I am mindful that I have already shared quite a few chocolate cake recipes here on this blog, and that they all happen to be recipes which I frequently return to whenever a special occasion arises. But recently, it occurred to me that I am often tweaking the recipes a bit here and there, particularly if I want to bake the cake in a different sized cake tin or if want to mix and match the cake with a different frosting.
It has been a few months since I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and cook with Mimi Thorisson in her home in south-western France. I find myself frequently reminiscing about the recipes we cooked, what we chatted about while we were sitting at her vast dining table, and the recipe notes which I exchanged with the other ladies in the workshop. I think often of her impossibly beautiful children with their impeccable politeness, not to mention their envious appetite for everything their mother would put before them.
We recently returned from our annual family retreat to Grindelwald, a small but popular ski resort in the Swiss alps. We have been going there since our son was a mere 1 month old baby, so it was somewhat awakening to accept that, this year, he attended ski school for the first time. Not only did he exceed all of our expectations at being able to focus and participate willingly during his morning lessons, it turns out that he is a bit of a natural at skiing too. Wow. My little baby boy can now ski. He can already speak French and Swiss German better than me, and soon he will be zooming down the black slopes, leaving me behind in the dust!
Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas celebration with your friends, family and loved ones.
Christmas in our home today started with a leisurely breakfast … until the children realised that they could open their Christmas stockings once they had finished their meal. I had never seen them chomp down their toast and scull their milk so quickly! Santa had been very generous with his delivery of little music boxes (playing French nursery rhymes), as well as a few wind-up toys which have kept the children quite entertained for most of the day, more so than some of the big-ticket items from under the tree which, ultimately, hardly elicited any reaction! (note to self for next year …)
One sure sign that autumn has arrived in Europe is the welcoming array of pumpkins and squashes at the farmers’ market. That and the fact that ballet flats are not the best choice of shoes anymore, now that the temperatures have taken a sudden dip.
As soon as the weather in Switzerland starts to take a dip, the roasted chestnut carts magically appear and I know that my favourite dessert will soon be in all of the pâtisserie shops. Roasted chestnuts alone are a gorgeous treat, especially since they also perform a double function as lovely hand warmers, but one of my favourite ways of enjoying chestnuts is in a simple Mont Blanc dessert.