During the nights, the temperature dropped almost to freezing. My succulent garden exploded in color:
I ended up taking down all the Christmas decorations on December 29th. Here's what is left of my poor tree....
Do you recall that I ordered some Christmas goodies from Fortnum and Mason? Well, they arrived in like four days and I was so pleased with everything. But, this past week I got a bill in the mail from the delivery company and it showed that I owed $22.00 in customs duty. I guess it was because my order was over the amount allowed customs free. I learned my lesson.
I am so enjoying my new Emma Bridgewater teapot my husband gave to me for Christmas. The teacup and saucer was given to me by my dear Mother in 1992. It was the last Christmas we ever spent with her. She passed away in the spring of 1993. But, we all have wonderful memories of her that will never pass away.
Tomorrow I am hosting a dinner party for some dear friends. The main course will be "Baghala Polo", Persian style lamb shanks.
I always make the dessert first and today I made a Scandinavian almond cake to serve:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
mix well and then
1/2 cup melted butter
Continue to blend until batter is smooth. Pour mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan (the pan above is called a “Rehrücken” you can use a regular loaf pan if you wish). Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 to 50 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place cake face down on a wire rack to cool. You can dust with powdered sugar or frost with a chocolate ganache or icing.
I will sign off for now. I'd love to hear from you if you have the time to comment. Enjoy your weekend everyone.
with my best wishes,