Have you ever tasted a slice of fresh red currant cake? Hi! It’s Liz from “Food in Motion” and I’m happy to share my grandmother’s Red Currant Cake recipe with you today. It’s been in the family for years now and most family members know this cake and are reminded of our grandmother when eating it. In July we were back in the Alps enjoying a week of vacation. My daughter was delighted to see that my cousin now has seven chickens that her 12-year-old daughter takes care of. I think this is such a great way to prepare a kid for real life! Not only does she have to feed the chickens, she also has to clean their shed and collect the eggs, which she sells to neighbors and friends. She gets to keep the money she earns, but has to buy new food from the proceeds, and learns about bookkeeping in her own little chicken business!’
While filming, the kids had fun looking for the eggs and feeding the chickens. They also used the freshly discovered eggs for the dough and beat the eggwhites and make the cake.
In my last little video I told you about our au pair Taylor, who was coming to spend the summer with us. Well, she’s here now and is wonderful! What a great experience: to let someone into your life, show them your culture, learn more about theirs and share so much with them. She also starred in this video, guiding the kids through the different steps of the recipe. Actually, it’s super easy to make this cake – just try it out with your kids, too!
Red Currant Cake
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon bakingpowder
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the eggs and the butter. Knead with your hands until it holds together. Grease a cake pan with butter and press the dough onto bottom and up the sides of the pan. Set aside.
2 1/2 cups of red currants
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cups sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Wash the red currants and pick them from their stems, it’s easiest using a fork. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold in the ground almonds and sugar, then add the red currants. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 50 minutes. If the top turns too dark, cover it with aluminium foil and continue baking. Cool and remove the cake from the cake pan. Enjoy! – Lisa.
(photos/text/video: Lisa Nieschlag)
I came across this lovely tiny apartment that I wanted to share with those of you who live small but have great aspirations for your home anyway. Because really, the size of a home doesn’t matter at all as much as how well you are using those square feet and how much love is there. I’ve lived in homes of all shapes and sizes (I’ve never owned a house either! Even now, I rent.) and some of my favorite homes were not always the largest ones but those where I felt in tune with the space around me, loved and most of all, cozy and cared for. Doesn’t this apartment look so cozy and cared for? Click on any of this images for an extra large view.
I love the stacks of magazines along the left wall. Looks so cool and cozy like that. All of those loose throw pillows make this space look super inviting.
The bedroom may be tiny but it still looks so sweet. And I like that HAY dots rug on the floor. And let’s talk about those herringbone wooden floors. Don’t you love them?
This pendant light is a favorite. I wish I knew who made it, I want it for my own living room!
A fireplace with white candles inside? YES! This is such a sweet corner.
What a great use of this nook – for a dining room. The mirrors on the wall really open up the space. I have the same table too – what a coincidence.
Those round mirrors on straps are SO popular right now. Again, there are those stacked magazines. So pretty topped with boxes and a plant.
This light is the best, I really like it.
The grid tile on the walls is interesting, I’m not sure it’s “me” but it’s still interesting. The floor is nice! I love the mini radiator beneath the window, it’s charming.
What a romantic bed and I love the linen draped overhead. You don’t see that much anymore. I did this in my bedroom in the 90s.
These images are from the lovely Stadshem Fastighetsmäkleri, a realtor in Sweden who sells gorgeous apartments and homes. In fact, this is one of them that you can buy. I found it via the Nordic Design blog.
(photos: Jonas Berg)
I want to show you guys this really cute birdcage/tabletop display thing-y. I really dig it. It is sorta perfect for social media addicts like most of us because it’s called the Tweetable Birdcage and with one glance, you’ll see why it is indeed tweetable. Designed by Alessandro Dubini, mine came from KOMDO.DO but I imagine if they don’t ship to where you live, you can find it in your country too if you google. This porcelain and metal birdcage isn’t really a cage for feathered friends at all but rather, to use as an unusual display peice. So you can put anything you want inside. Flowers in multiple vases, a fern or another plant, a group of succulents, prized possessions from the flea market, picture frames, food… Anything decorative that fits inside could be fun.
If you recognize this cage, it was displayed prominently in my new book, Decorate With Flowers, in the home of Bri Emery from Design Love Fest – it’s in a few photos on pages 122 and 123 in the Girly Glam section. Here is one below. After seeing it on her dining table, I just had to have it so KOMDO.DO and their PR agency hooked me up and I’m so glad they did because I didn’t realize I could get it here in Germany. Swoon and score! In my cage, I displayed something a bit unusual… straw flowers that I let dry. I snipped off the stems and just laid them on the bottom of the cage. I like it because you don’t really know what it is until you get a little closer and it’s quite unexpected and I like that sometimes, I’ve always liked to color outside of the lines I guess you could say.
What do you think, is this your style or not?
Please note: This product is decor8 tested and approved.
(images: holly becker + laure joliet)