Someone says, when you have bills to pay, a broken heart, or just having a bugger of a day, have a bite of a chocolate cake. Couldn’t agree more, we got curious over a No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe we found on the internet. It’s quite simple and seems like it is almost-never-fail-cake to bake with. True enough, oven and its doodads is not required at all. Fear not fellows newbie bakers :)
Most ingredients should be easy to find in here, if they aren’t or maybe slightly too over for your budget, you probably need to lay in some supplies for cake emergencies.
Let’s make a cake!
Ingredients (serves 10-12)
- 225 gram chocolate (we mixed ¾ milk chocolate and ¼ dark chocolate), broken into pieces
- 1 cup butter (we used the salted butter)
- 3 tbsp black coffee
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- 225 gram butter cookies, crushed
- ¾ cup chopped almonds (but you can use any kind of nuts you like, or maybe raisins)
1. Crushed the cookies (preferably the plain or vanilla ones), chopped the chocolate (we used the milk chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate to balance the sweetness) into pieces and the almonds into bits.
2. Prep the cake tin, grease the insides with butter and cover them with baking paper.
3. Melt the chocolate, butter, coffee and vanilla extract in a saucepan over low heat. Stir well.
4. Add the cookies and almonds into the mixture and mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and let cool in the room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
6. When the cake is quite cold, put it in the fridge and let set for 1-2 hours. In the meantime, you could check the Mojito recipe on our previous post and make some for the refresher :)
7. After 2 hours, turn out and cut into thin slices to serve. Best served cold, thus keep it refrigerated.
Similar like happiness, cakes taste best when they’re shared. Not least because someone with a belly full of cake is more likely to help you with the washing up :p (thankies, Oslo!)
There’s one shop I’ve been curious in years. It’s small but well-known shop located in Ubud, Bali and our last day in there we spent to searched for this shop.
After always-follow-the-map-for-directions (we don’t know Ubud area that well), the wrong turn actually lead us straight to the Kou Cuisine shop (thanks God!). The kind shop-keeper welcomed us with her warm greeting (oh, and she speaks Japanese fluently) and we were mesmerized with its simple interior. The jam jars and the salt jars arranged neatly in the shelf along with the other cute knick-knacks like postcards, totebag, wooden spoon, etc. My eyes fixed straight to the tester table (hehehe). All of the jams tasted heavenly and after I tasted all the flavors available, I decided to bought the Milk Caramel Jam (it was labelled the most favorite flavor of all and Oslo’s favorite too!), Apple Cinnamon Jam (my favorite flavor of jam, ever!) and Kusamba Sea Salt (the sea salt harvested in Kusamba, in northern part of Bali).
more photos after the jump!
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Mojito is a famous cocktail from Cuba. It has a refreshing taste and it could reminds you of summer. We love Mojito so much, we always wanted to try to make one ourself. This weekend, we finally experimented with some recipes we found on the internet and modified it a little.
The ingredients are mint leaves, lime, lemon, a chilled soda water, and simple syrup. First, you chop some of the mint leaves and put aside the rest for garnish. Then you slice the lemon and lime. Next, add the chopped mint leaves, the sliced lemon and lime into the glass. Pour the chilled soda water about half of the glass and add 3 to 4 tbsp of simple syrup (we used Monin‘s Mojito Mint instead). Stir well. Add some ice as desired and put some mint leaves and a slice of lemon as a garnish. If you want, you can sprinkle 1 tsp of brown sugar (ssst… this is our secret ingredient!) into the glass.
Tadaa! It’s done!
This recipe is a non-alcohol kind (Virgin Mojito) but if you want, you can add a shot of rum.
Last Saturday, me and Morrie planned to have a breakfast outdoor and we decided to go to Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda. It was Morrie’s first time to go there, so we explored the forest a bit and documented some of natures best with our analog camera.
If you’re wondering, why we carry an old-school beauty case to the forest? Well, we had an idea to use this vintage case as a picnic bag and turns out, it was quite roomy for a loft of garlic breads, pack of cheese, some cutleries and cups for two :)
We enjoyed our homemade garlic breads while having the warmest conversations throughout the day surrounded by trees. It was a lovely morning spent with my lovely partner.