After my visit to Brown’s Tea Bar in Munich, I was longing for a homemade piece of carrot cake like I had so often in Leeds. Because I knew I would miss the British cakes, I bought this wonderful book with most of the classic baking recipes. One of which is a recipe for a carrot cake I tried last weekend. I was sceptical if I would be able to hit the flavour I was used to but in the end it tasted just like I remembered.
For the carrot cake you need:
225g self-reaising flour
or if you can’t get self-raising flour, you can easily mix it by yourself. In that case, you need:
ca. 200-205g flour
adding baking powder up to 225g
Begin by peeling and grating the carrots since this takes away most of your preparation time.
After this, mix the flour, baking powder and the spices in a big bowl. Add the walnuts, the carrots, orange zest and raisins. Afterwards beat the eggs and mix it with the dry ingredients.
Finally add the oil and mix all well together before pouring it into a baking tray. Bake the cake for 25 minutes (180°C/350°F/gas 4) until it is nicely coloured. Let it cool down before topping it with the icing.
For the icing you need:
200g full fat cheese
50g unsalted butter
150g icing sugar
zest of 1/2 unwaxed orange
2 tsp orange juice
Beat all the ingredients together and cover the cake with the icing. If it is warm you might have to cool the icing before putting it on top of the cake.
It truly tasted like the several carrot cakes I had in England and just made the weekend a bit sweeter. It definitely made the grey weather less dreadful ;).
Do you also have longings for special food? Does specific food remind you of special events or trips?
Since I have been back from England I am looking out for cafés which might be serving some good old English Breakfast Tea along with great cake. One week ago on my trip to munich I finally found what I was looking for.
Brown’s Tea Bar belongs to the café chain “The Victorian House” which runs five cafés in Munich. All of them offering a vast selection of different teas and homemade cakes. They even offer scones with original Cornish clotted cream.
I literally entered the café and felt like being back in Britain. The cakes looked amazing and tasted like heaven. I tried the banofee pie and my friend settled on a coffee-chocolate-nut cake. Both were equally great.
In addition to the great food the interior was very victorian. The room wasn’t very spacious and together with the thoughtful decoration, it felt very comfy. However, you need to be lucky or patient to find a spot for your visit.
The Victorian House also runs an online shop were you can buy all sorts of English biscuits and sweets and of course tea.
The café is located within walking distance to the Brandhorst Museum in the middly of the student quarter. We stayed there for quite some time and people just never stopped coming in ordering some cake or tea.
If you are in Munich you should definitely pop in and have a scone or two together with a warming cup of tea.
There is this tradition in German companies that if you start working somewhere, you have to provide your team with some sort of treat. So because I just began working as a Trainee, I needed to come up with an idea. I remembered that my mum ones made really good savoury pizza rolls at a party and I thought I could do a mixture of savoury and sweet rolls. I always thought that rolls are the perfect finger food.
The savoury option was fixed due to the known recipe but I couldn’t quite decide what to do as a sweet option until I found this recipe of cinnamon rolls. I love cinnamon and so I decided to give it a go.
Both recipes turned out to be really yummy. They are also perfect as finger food for every party or cake sale. So I thought I’ll share with you those great recipes.
This recipe is pretty simple just because I used ready made pizza dough. It’s a fresh dough which is rolled up and can be used instantly without needing time to raise etc.
First of all you need to cut the onions into little pieces and fry them together with the minced meat in a pan. After the meat is cooked add the tomatoe paste and sour cream and season it with salt and pepper.
Straighten the dough to a square and spread the filling on it. Cover all with the cheese and start rolling up the dough with the filling. Cut roughly 2cm thick slices and place them on a backing tray covered with baking sheet. Bake the rolls at 180°Fan for 25 mintues.
January was a month full of new starts for me. I started my first real job last Monday and moved in with my boyfriend. It’s all very exciting but at the same time it freaks me out how fast things are changing sometimes. I am not very good with changes, I have to admit. I always need some time to adapt to new situations.
So this weekend was perfect to step back and close the week with some of my most favourite things to do. Enjoying some art and indulging in deliciously heavy comfort food, made the last week with all its new experiences step aside and I was able to completely relax. I guess that’s what weekends should be about ;).
Now if you think we just stayed in bed all day, you got me wrong. On Saturday we headed off to Frankfurt to see the anniversary exhibition of the Städel Museum. The art museum is celebrating its 200th anniversary and is having a great exhibition till the end of January.
The exhibtion is called “Masters in Dialogue” which describes well the essence of the exhibition. The museum is comparing some of their most popular works with other pictures from different museums from all over the world which have a relationship to each other. Sometimes the pictures were painted by the same paitner and you could see the development of the painter or two painters who didn’t know each other painted the same object or theme with different intentions.
– You can change the subtitles into English at the bottom of the video –
As you can see in the video, this exhibtion was quite different from the chronological presentation of a normal art museum and reminded me of the approach the TATE in Liverpool is taking with their exhibition “Constellations”. They also present a picture and arrange it with others who were inspired by this one picture or painter.
Art is something which really fascinates me and what could be better than spending an rainy and cold January Saturday being inspired by some great art work ;). Well I guess what makes a wintery day even better is some warming food. Since I left Britain in summer I miss the hearty food like pies and mash. So I combined these two traditional dishes in a warming Sheperd’s Pie.
To mix it up a bit, we decided to try a vegetarian version of the Biritsh meal. I found this recipe on BBC goodfood. Because I couldn’t find lentils in a can and was to lazy to boil dried lentils, I deciced to exchange the lentils for peas which turned out to be a great decision.
For a pie for 2 you need:
a small onion
one thick carrot
100ml red wine
200g chopped tomatoes
vegetable stock140g peas
500g sweet potatoe
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the chopped onions. Add the roughly chopped carrots and pour in the wine, some water and the tomatoes. Simmer till the water is nearly gone. Then add the peas with their liquid and simmer again, till the liquid has nearly gone.
While you are doing this, boil the sweet potatoes till they are soft enough to be mashed with some butter to a nice potatoe mash. Pour the tomatoe-pea mixture into a bowl and cover it with the mash. Put some grated cheese over it and bake everything for 20 minutes in the oven (190°C/170° fan/gas 5).
The combination of sweet potatoe mash, peas, carrots and tomatoes was heavenly and the perfect end to a chilly weekend in January. This recipe will definitely become one of our favourites, I am sure.
What are your favourite things to do in January? Wrapping up inside or heading out into the cold?