Hello lovely ladies (and the odd man),
I'm here again to tell you about my smiles this week. It's summer, the sun is shining, the population of the village has doubled and there is a real buzz about the place. This week has been a continuation of meetings, diners and drinks with friends. Phew, living the high life can be very tiring! (I'm sounding like an old fogey).
Happy mail still seems to be one of the highlights of my week. I love receiving postcards. Here are two more that I received this week.
The first one is an old map card of Latvia. I have a fascination with maps (don't ask) so I particularly love this one
It was sent to me by Taiga who lives in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The map was published in 1919, made by Latvian artist Ansis Cirulis. And is now in the National History Museum.The stamp features a beautiful freesia. I love freesias, especially the fragrant kind.
My second card comes from Holland and it is made by the Dutch lepra charity. It features an Indian (Calcutta) woman and her son. I just love how she looks at her boy with love and pride.
The stamp is very summery and I am so glad that they have had such a good, warm suymmer in Holland.
I seem to have been making desserts and cakes a lot this week. I made this tarta a tres chocolates (three chocolate cake). It is something I learned to make here in Spain. It is a sort of cheese cake (not baked) It has the biscuit base, then each layer is made with a different chocolate (Dark, milk and white) . Each slab of chocolate get melted directly in a pan of milk and (unwhipped) whipping cream and sugar. Then a sachet of congealing stuff (cuajado) is added and the mixture poured onto the biscuit layer. The other layers are made in the same way. When the next layer is cooked the previous layer has already congealed enough to receive the next lot. It is not difficult but a lot of work and I was so glad it turned out beautifully.
It is not the first time I made this, so I know it will be good. Needless to say everyone was impressed.
Every time this happens it makes my day. A few days ago I met him again, and I had my phone on me. I told him how much I loved that old fashioned gesture and could I take a picture of him. So here he is posing.
This week we got given a lot of produce again. A (small) bucket of plums made its way to our front door.
We decided to eat them rather than make jam, but they were too many. It would have given me a tummy ache. So when in doubt, bake a cake:
All the plums, which I had arranged skin side up, have sunken into the cake mixture, but I shall sprinkle icing sugar and cinnamon over the top and it will taste delightful (I've made that recipe many times)
Lastly we received a bag of organic peppers from another neighbout. I love those. They have a thinner skin than the bell peppers you buy in the UK, and I love them fried with an egg in the middle (and fresh ciabatta bread of course).
Life is good!
Now to finish, here are a few random funnies. The first one is gorgeous and the last one a ...scream.
Have a fab weekend,