A very interesting and realistic book by Emma Koenig, based on the popular blog fuckiminmy20s.tumblr.com. The book explains the anxieties and breakdowns of our early 20s with illustrations, graphs, lists, and plenty of f-bombs. A must read if your are in your twenties. It will give you clear insights like the above self-explantory image. It will all become clear to you what is like to deal with your quarterly life crisis!
Today, September 13th, is International Chocolate Day. And although I consider every day to be a chocolate day I thought I would share my favourite recipe with you guys. The recipe includes tons of chocolate and some fruits to give a healthy twist.
The cake is easy to make and will give you something to do during a rainy afternoon (yes…summer is over the rainy afternoons are coming!). Bake it with love and eat it with your loved ones after! The recipe is called “party cake” and is published in “The naked chef returns” by Jamie Oliver.
So what do you need:
- 3 rounded tablespoons cocoa powder
- 200gr caster sugar
- 200gr butter
- 3 large eggs
- 200gr self raising flour, sifted
- 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
- 1 handful of flaked almonds
- 200ml double cream (heavy cream)
- 1 large handful of raspberries
- and 1 large handful of strawberries
Ok, did you groceries? Now preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Line the bases of 2 x 20cmcake tins with greased greaseproof paper.
Mix the cocoa powder with 4 tablespoons of boiling water until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy, add the cocoa mixture, eggs, flour and baking powder. Mix well, fold in the nuts. Divide the mixture between the tins. Bake for about 25 minutes. When cooked, allow to cool then remove from the tins.
So now you have your cake, but what is a chocolate cake without a topping. So run to the supermarket again to buy the following:
- 100gr butter
- 100gr best cooking chocolate
- 100gr icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
Melt the chocolate topping ingredients in a bowl over some slightly simmering water. Stir until blended well and allow to cool. Whip the double cream to soft peaks and sweeten with a little sugar. To assemble the cake, remove the greaseproof paper from both sponges. Drizzle each one with a little sherry, if you like. Spread the cream over one of the sponges, then sprinkle the fruit on top. Sandwich the second sponge on top and press down. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to smooth it off and drizzle over the chocolate topping.
Happy days, you’ve done it! But allow the chocolate topping to firm up slightly before tucking in. Enjoy and invite me for a slice…
A Happy Birthday for MR. Haute Couture himself; Karl Lagerfeld is celebrating his birthday today. According to the UK Telegraph nobody knows how old he is actually is turning. Nonetheless a good reason to party Karl Lagerfeld style…with a Coke Light and a hot young boy ;)…hip hip hurray!
This week my friends Nina, Olivia and I went to the Talents Sessions hosted by People’s Place Amsterdam and Sony Music. Talent Sessions, organised three times a year, is a night where musical talents and music lovers gather to meet each other and listen to the tunes of the talents.
This time it was up to Rina Mushonga, Bart Zeilstra (formerly known as Baas B), My Baby, Eveline Vroonland and Ashtraynutz to proof their potential to the audience. They all had the opportunity to play 4 songs, 3 of their own and 1 cover.
Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rina Mushonga got the honours to kick-off. She has a loud yet lovely voice and her music can be best described as indie, pop, rocky, folky. The second gig was for Eveline, compared to Rina and her band, she rocked the stage solo with her loop station. Very creative and very authentic and definitely great music for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Completely the opposite of the raw tunes from My Baby. The trio consisting of Cato van Dyck, Daniel da Freez and Joost van Dyck really rocked the stage and got the crowd wild for the first time that evening. After My Baby it was up to Bart Zijlstra, the only artist performing in Dutch. Bart used to be part of one of the leading (somewhat commercial) hip-hop duo Lange Frans & Baas B. But the boy is making a come-back and he is doing it well. His songs are catchy and cute. His first single “Als ik in je ogen kijk” (when I look into your eyes) got released on Thursday. The same day he got to present it to the rest of the Netherlands during DWDD – one of best viewed daily talk shows in the country.
So, so far so good and I really enjoyed all of the artists as they are really talented (yes they are there for a reason) But the last gig was for Ashtraynutz. A 6 men band full of good looking man and one lucky lady. As soon as they started playing I was sold. The voice of Joël Gaerthé is absolutely amazing! The music is bluesy, fuzzy and very soulful. An absolute enrichment of my Spotify play list and a definite must-add for you! Check them out below.
Pim de Koel, ambassador of the “Holland. The Original Cool” released a new promo video this week. He highlights the beauty of hip & happening Amsterdam. De Koel’s adventures are brought to you by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Convention, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Schiphol Airport, and Amsterdam Marketing.
“Holland. The Original Cool” is a great marketing gateway explaining you all the reasons why you should book a ticket to Amsterdam this year. And although there is not much left of 2013 there are plenty of events that will make your stay even more worthwhile.
I really like the approach of the campaign because it focusses on food, nightlife, architecture and bikes. All the things that make me love amsterdam. And they are really not overselling it because it is the truth; everything hip is from Amsterdam.