Dienstag, 26. April 2016

Berries & Cream Cake (gluten-free)






















Hello all,
it's been a while since we posted a recipe on the blog, we've been just too busy during the last couple of weeks!
A couple of days ago we celebrated Simon's birthday with friends and I promised to make a cake. As spring is here now (somewhere, I'm sure - at the moment we're experiencing a winter-comeback in Austria), I thought it would be nice to have something with fresh berries.
This berries & cream cake was surprisingly easy and quick to make, which suited me well as I was in a little hurry and only had 2,5 hours to bake the cake, decorate it, tidy up our apartment and get a shower. At some point I will be able to organize myself so that I still have more than 3 minutes before the guests arrive. Always the optimist :-)

Recipe:
Cake:
- 220g gluten-free flour
- 200g sugar
- 125g butter
- 4 eggs
- 1tsp baking powder
- 125ml milk
- 1tsp lemon zest

Cream:
- 250ml cream
- 250ml curd
- 120g sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 pk whipped cream stabilizer
- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries - as many as you like!

Glazing:
- 100g frozen berries
- 50g sugar

Beat egg whites and half of the sugar until stiff.
In another bowl, beat butter and the other half of the sugar until fluffy, then add flour, baking powder, milk and egg yolks. Gently fold in the egg whites-sugar mix.
In the preheated oven (180°C), bake the cake for approximately 50 minutes and let it cool off completely.

In the meantime combine all ingredients for the cream in a bowl and mix until you reach a smooth texture. Don't forget to set some of the berries aside for decoration.

For the glazing, put berries and sugar in a pot and slowly cook the mixture until you have a syrup-like mixture. Let it cool off (put it in the fridge if you are in a hurry).





















Cut the cake in half and if you want, cut some strawberries and put them on one of the cake bases. 



















Spread the cake base with a first layer of cream, put the second cake base on top and cover the whole cake with cream. I used a spoon to pour the berry syrup over the cake, that way it is easier to control where it is going. Decorate with the rest of the berries and store the cake in a cool place until serving. 


































































Have a nice week,
lots of love,
Anne

Montag, 18. April 2016

INSPIRED BY #2



It's been very quiet around here for the past couple of months. Anne and I decided very early on in this blogging endeavor that we didn't want this blog to ever feel like something we "must do" when we were too busy or didn't feel like sharing or preparing a blog post.

So we've both been working on different projects and things and knew that we'd eventually be back here when it felt right.

I want to revive this blog by writing about inspiration, once again. Like I've mentioned before, to me, inspiration does not mean that I automatically develop an idea for a project, a new purse or a story. It means that I enjoy the visual, that I feel moved by it. I've been pushing myself and my small business over the past couple of months, knowing that the 5. anniversary of my "baby" was just around the corner (we celebrated it this past Friday and there is still a sweepstake going on on the facebook page, too). My creativity has been in overdrive, luckily, and I've been enjoying the process of creating and exchanging knowledge with other creatives a lot lately. But, working on MBI does not only consist of working creatively; there's a lot of paperwork, research, marketing, emails, tax stuff, etc involved. Necessary, but not a lot of fun.

With such a huge amount of work in a setting that is way beyond 9-5, it's more important than ever to consciously take breaks from work to recharge and to let my mind wander, to get inspired and to simply relax and not think about work at all.





A pretty spontaneous road trip to the beach was the perfect getaway. The ocean is where I recharge best, the salty air, looking for pretty stones, watching the water. We spent hours looking at the ocean, driving around through dust and sunshine with good music on, I discovered a swing facing the ocean, we ate good food, I swam!, and talked the night away. I returned tired, calm, refocused - and slightly sunburned. It was perfection.

Talking to other creatives, looking at art, trying to understand creative processes, detached from my own process of creating, has also been great. I've been to Vienna a lot lately, checking out art exhibits of all kinds every time. In a city like Vienna, the offer is huge and ever changing. And then, sitting somewhere, indulging in ice cream while watching people passing by, their style, their bags, of course!, soaking up the big city life before returning to Graz, once again, full of impressions and ideas - and the bags full of the most beautiful fabrics. Also: street art! I stopped in my tracks in Ljubljana when I saw this question on the side of a building. I loved how it made me immediately consider my answer.





I just love how joyful and inspiring the little things can be. To feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. How sweet it is to sit back with a good cup of espresso, the first sip, so good. How there is a mirror image of the leaves of a tree above me in my peach juice.



And how I step on a sharp stone at the beach (didn't love this part, ouch) and look down and turns out, it was heart-shaped. Sweet. Yup, hopeless romantic over here.

I am also immensely inspired by love. By the warmth of a genuine smile, by the feeling of possibility. By feeling accurately and profoundly perceived and seen.








To me, it's a lot about being present in the current moment. Snuggling with the cutest dog at a work event (I think I need a dog in my life). Hanging out with my friends, hearing about their endeavors, ideas, thoughts, and plans. I've spent lots of time outside lately, relaxing with good people, soaking up the sun. Playing with my sweet niece. Cooking good food. Going on evening bike rides. Sitting on the balcony, watching the clouds and the change of color of the sky when the night falls while listening to good music. Simple pleasures.









Have a good start of the week, people!
What do you feel inspired by?
Ida