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Nigella’s Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake


I am that type of person that usually drifts towards the more chocolate offerings on a dessert menu. I am, by far, unapologetically and absolutely, a chocolate person. The darker, the better. The more layers of it, the happier I am. Chocolate chip brownies a la mode with chocolate ice cream? I am all for it. Chocolate soufflé with chocolate sauce tube amp? Yes, please. Nothing pleases my soul more (except for chicharon and bacon which are, to me, chocolate’s savory equivalent…a gift from the gods).

That said, I also have this uncanny, and opposing, love for plain yellow loaf cakes. Yes, true. I won’t even say pound cakes or butter cakes because they don’t really have to be either. They just have to be a sunny, unfancy Maid Agency, yellow loaf and the same part of me that loves hot chicken soup and my baby pillow cries out for it. There is something in its comforting solidity, its familiarity and plainness, that makes me want to take a thick slice and just cozy up to it.

They are also, usually, a breeze to throw together, so a craving is never too far from sated. This one is no exception. It’s been on my to-make list since I bought this cookbook, my beloved copy of Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Predictably though, I was waylaid by several chocolate recipes before I could get to this one. I’m so glad I finally did.

Nigella’s Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake
(slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess)

240 grams softened unsalted butter
200 grams caster sugar nuhart, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
Grated zest and juice of one lemon
3 large eggs
300 grams all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and then mix in the lemon zest.
- Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture, one at a time, with a tablespoon of flour for each.
- Gently mix in the rest of the flour, to which you have whisked in the baking powder. Add the lemon juice and mix until just combined.
- Scrape the batter into a buttered and parchment-lined loaf pan and sprinkle the 2 tablespoons sugar on top. Bake in a pre-heated 170C oven for 55 minutes – 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven to a wire rack and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

I’ve amended this recipe somewhat as the original calls for self-raising flour, which is hard to come by in these parts, so I substituted with regular flour and baking powder. Nigella also let’s this cake cool completely in the tin on a rack but I prefer to remove the cake from the tin after it’s cooled for about 10 minutes.

Let me just say, at this point, amendments aside, that this book has yet to fail me. All the recipes I have tried thus far I have liked, if not loved. My first ever post on this blog, seven years ago, was about the Burnt-Butter Brown-Sugar Cupcakes from this book. I’ve also tried the Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, Store-Cupboard Chocolate Orange Cake, and Torta Alla Gianduja…all to great response. I even love her Spiced Apple Chutney, which I have made many times since, and has served me well in the homemade gift-giving department. So, firstly, thank you Nigella!

This recipe one is no different from the others I’ve tried – a winner. For me at least who does love this sort of cake, and even for C who usually doesn’t. It bakes into a wonderful golden loaf, with a soft buttery crumb, and a sugar encrusted, crackly top. A traditional British teatime cake, I can also imagine this would make an excellent base for that other traditional British sweet, the trifle. Nigella’s, or rather, Nigella’s mother-in-law’s version is light and lemony. It is lovely on its own (or indeed with a cup of tea) or topped with fruits and cream, or, if your feeling indulgent, a generous scoop of ice cream.

The week’s almost over so hang in there troops…heat and power outages be damned! And here’s to baking your cake, no matter what flavor or color, and eating it too!
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It is autumn

Can't remember how many years, I have been silent. Year after year, standing here. Next time the wind, wet past life memories. A seasonal wind and rain, wanton invasion of my soul. Don't know, now you are still in the image of a tree, standing in the I must pass through the intersectionhome organizer online.

Numbness of the soul, in silence, the silence.

Depletion of thinking, in the waiting, waiting for the.

Have the passion, once the romantic, the silence has been weathered into history. Once the story, once love, waiting to have precipitated into the story.

You don't know, years of circulation, I had the happy appearance, quietly hidden in the foliage of the soft places. The clear lines, I touch the well-being traces. The mottled wound, I want is love's eye. On the annual rings, I always go to todayadd hair.

Don't know, when can I meet you?

Don't know, when will you see me?

But, I still wait patiently. I believe, you will from those arranged in a crisscross pattern memory, through the years numerous hills and streams, send me a tree flowers dermes!

I devoted to watch my memory. I firmly believe that, one day, I will through the darkness of the vicissitudes of life, with a happy smile, walked into your dream.

謝謝你在我的生命中出現


隨風消極逝的誓言也一同消融了愛的春天,友誼的天空從此失去了唯美的畫面,如果一切回到從前,你是否能夠實現對我許下的諾言:小青:我們將會是一輩子的好姐妹…

可是五年前的今天,你卻永遠背棄了我們的誓言,就算我女傭在怎麼呼喚也換不醒你那沉睡的容顏!仿佛就從那天我再也沒有勇氣相信別人給我的諾言

五年來,我卻不曾忘記我們在一起的日子,不曾忘記你用微笑告別生命的那個瞬間,雖然那時我只有十五歲,但我也明白死亡就意味著你再也不要會出現在我的面前了美容專科,在也不會和我玩了,在也不會…

五年後的今天,我依然會寫信來表達我對你的思念,去年我告訴你:我上大學了,可是好想和你一起呢!今天我要告訴你:沒有你的日子我一直都很堅強!可是五交友平臺年來我也不曾放棄等待,等待你的回信,等待那來自天堂的回信…

親愛的朋友,我想告訴你這是我最後一次寫信給你了意大利旅行團,但我不會把你忘記的:因為你一直會在我的心裏!

你對待病魔的堅強讓我震撼,你對待生命的樂觀讓我感動,雖然我們在一起的日子只有幾年:但你教給我的東西是我用一輩子才真正做到的!

謝謝你在我的生命中出現過,我會很堅強的生活,我會用心去生活抗衰老科技,因為你讓我明白了活著的真締是好好生活!

不在感傷,不在抱怨我會好好的生活,親愛的朋友在天堂裏你也要繼續微笑下去!

我不在尋找心靈的寄托,也不在回憶過去的所得,我要堅強樂觀的去生活,潘紹聰就像你一直對我說的:小青,不要哭!是呀就讓我們笑著說再見吧:因為我們的友誼永遠不變!

生命的輪回有時真的無奈,既然這樣就讓我們笑著面對,留給記憶最美的瞬間吧!

朋友就讓我們一起努力,不去想天與海的距離,不去想天堂的方向康泰

謝謝你在我的生命中出現!

不再回憶,告別昨天:我要實現用微笑生活的諾言,親愛的朋友再見僱傭服務
瑪花纖體價格,我用微笑為你指引天堂的方向

謝謝你在我的生命中出現!

不在北京買車的六個理由


1

一上出租車,師傅看我上車的地兒,跟我侃“跳舞去啦?”

“沒”我懶得跟他聊。

他沒話找話“你知道北京第一個迪廳是JJ吧,那時候我們就跳韓國那個xx舞”

他說了一個挺專業的術語,我沒聽懂,掃了他一眼——一個三十多歲的大胖子?

他看出我這眼的意思“JJ最紅的時候,我是那兒最紅的舞男”

“你跳什麼舞?”我終於有了問話的興致。

“鋼管”

我橫過頭細看了看,他肚子抵著方向盤。

“真的我是最紅的,告訴你名字你可以打聽去……我老婆當時是二外的學生,坐第一排看我跳,然後給我買了杯可樂……”他陶醉在當時的回憶裡。

“那你後來怎麼變成這樣兒的?”

“我老婆說了”他認真地說,“不能跳給別的女人看”

“你現在還跳麼?”我看著兩百多斤重的他。

“現在小區裡宋大媽,組了個交誼舞隊兒,每天晚上都給我打電話,劉兒你怎麼還不來?你不來我們可跳不成啦。”他心滿意足地說。

2

這司機看著跟別的氣質不一樣,穿著藍色夾克,機關幹部樣兒。

跟別人的車氣氛也不一樣,他的車座前貼著一大一小兩個女孩的大頭貼。

“我閨女”他說。

“你怎麼能有兩孩子呢?”

“我十年前就是電力局的科長”他居然還隨身帶著證件呢“那時候工資三千多了就……”

他陶醉在當時的回憶裡。

“你還沒說呢,你怎麼能有兩孩子呢?”

“我那時候愛造,天天晚上應酬喝酒,晚上兩三點才回來……”

他停了一下沒往下說,看樣子還不止喝酒——還有別的。

“那你老婆不管啊?”

“她是個律師,不哭不鬧,就有一天,我兩點多喝得不錯回來了,她坐床邊上,說,我懷孕了,四個月了,今天我已經找了你單位黨委書記,說我們打算生二胎,你們單位說明天開除你,我給你買了輛車,你開出租出去吧。”

他神色相當複雜“你說她多厲害吧,我就這麼開了十年的車,每天開的還都是夜班”。

3

這師傅是我們山西人,晉城山村里頭長大,二十年前為止他們村一共出過村的9個人,“我十五歲的時候決定當第十個”。

五十里地之外,背了一年的磚,皮都磨破了,掙了兩千塊。

給鄉里的武裝部長送了。

那人拍拍他肩膀說“好小子”。

然後他被拉到北京當了兵,在前蘇聯大使館站崗。

大使女兒一見他就摟著在他臉上親了一下,他緊張地直抖,然後對著對講機說“報告,我被親了”。

電話裡沉默了兩秒鐘說“保持軍姿”。

然後派人給送了一條雪白的毛巾過來。

他居然跟JJ也有關係,那兒最紅的時候,被租去當保安。

他陶醉在當時的回憶中“我們那時候……條順盤亮,穿著黑西裝,門口都是全北京最漂亮的姑娘……”

他聊得高興不顧我勸阻直接開進了百盛的地上停車場,直接停在了固定泊車位,說“我在這兒等您您逛完我再送您回去”,有個大爺上來想說不讓停,他戴上個墨鏡說“XXX的,執行任務”。

大爺嘴哆嗦了一下,想說什麼沒說,走了。

他回頭跟我說“看沒?狹路相逢勇者勝”。

4

有天我不高興,上了車不說話,師傅看都不看我,悠長地說“姑娘,人生就八個字,喜怒哀樂憂愁煩惱,八個字裡頭,喜和樂只佔兩個,看透就好了”。

5

牛博上有個哥們是個外國人,說他在北京打車。

“哪兒來底?……哦美國,美國是個好地方。”師傅說。

然後兩人講小布什、伊拉克戰爭、軍事工業合成體什麼的,

師傅說他:“哦,你理想主義者!”

他們聊了一會兒美國和中國在政治方面的區別,然後師傅突然換了話題,問他有沒有學過中國古代哲學。他說除了莊子以外沒怎麼學過。

“莊子不錯,但是你要是真正的想了解政治,就得讀《管子》。裡邊寫的東西到今天也還受用:凡治國之道,必先富民……”

“嗯。”

然後這兩人又聊了古埃及、北京的工作市場、人類的本性,快到五道口的時候,師傅又問了一個常見的問題“你家在美國哪兒呢?”

他邊下車邊回答:“費城。”

“費城!富蘭克林!那可是個人物!”師傅感嘆著,然後踩下油門消失在夜幕裡。

6

上了車,我看師傅心神不寧的。

過了一會沒忍住,問我“我能抽根煙麼?”

我不喜歡煙味兒,但看他一眼,老實人,看樣子是憋狠了,我把窗子搖下點“抽吧”。

他扭捏著拿個煙盒出來,又放回去了。

“你抽吧。”

他不好意思“算了,還是算了”

“那你給我一根吧”我說。

夏天就要來了,然後我倆開著窗,誰也不說話,一人一根中南海,都把一隻手搭在窗戶外頭,心滿意足地從晚風中的長安街開過去了。

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