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Italy or Eat-aly .. can’t decide!

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Hiya! (been a few years since I shifted from London, but somehow the habit of saying ‘hiya’ remains) … In case you’re wondering where I had disappeared off to, was away on holiday in Italy – a dream destination for foodies like myself .. To give you a short recap, breakfast every morning was a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth as the Italians are quite big on desserts for breakfast. Unfortunately I only made use of that on the last day, as otherwise I just can’t get myself to eat so much sweet in the morning!! But don’t you worry, I was far from being ‘good’ on holiday as their gelato ice cream was impossible to resist (and everywhere you turned around to look!) As for the pizza’s, not only was I impressed with the texture of their thin crust pizza’s, but in love with the square pizza’s they serve! The fact one can choose the size of their own pizza slice, meant being able to taste more flavours without going overboard … My absolute favourite had to be the ‘potato pizza’ (which we had at an amazing place called ‘Alice’) and the ‘chicken kebab pizza’ (which was at a Halal place I managed to forget the name of, but promise to google it later!). Booked a ‘food tour’ as well which involved a pizza making class in a wooden burner (it only takes 3 minutes to bake a pizza in that!) which was loads of fun, particularly watching Mr. Bakealogue make his very first pizza ❤ … Tasting different kinds of bread as well as cheese (omg, the variety!) was also part of the tour which was a learning experience. So that was the food side of things in a nutshell.. I’m actually laughing to myself right now, as I re-read the post and feel like I did nothing but eat in Italy .. haha! It would only be fair to mention, given the great weather there, we walked to most places making sure those calories were burnt! 😉 Obviously there is a lot more to Italy than just the food, but won’t touch on that, as it is a food blog after all. 🙂

Walnut Coffee Cake

Walnut Coffee Cake

Coming back to today’s dessert, baked a ‘Walnut Coffee Cake with Coffee Buttercream Icing’. Got the cake recipe from a book called ‘A World of Cakes’ that was gifted to me by a friend. However, I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste. The Coffee Buttercream Frosting is also entirely optional and was not mentioned as part of the original recipe. I personally thought it added a lot more flavour to the cake.

Ingredients for the cake:
All-Purpose Flour: 2 1/2 cups
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Packed Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Eggs: 2
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 1 cup
Chopped Walnuts: 1 cup Read the rest of this entry

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Coffee Chat

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It’s Sunday! While most of us are still enjoying the weekend, some of us are back to work … I’ve always found that confusing and feel the weekend should be the same for everyone worldwide! Oh well, whether at home or work, I’m sure the moods are similar as we all still recuperate from Saturdays events! 🙂 … thought it would be a good time to take a break from baking and have a chat with you guys! 🙂

Came across this pic while surfing the net this morning, and thought it would make a great discussion for the blog. Do you agree with the sign and think wifi technology is starting to make us anti-social? As much as I love the world of technology I would have to agree with it though. Just the other day I was meeting a friend for lunch, and as I looked around I was horrified by the sight …. majority of the people were actually walking with their heads down,glued to their phones, typing away followed by the occasional ‘oops, sorry!’ as they bumped into other people! I was not too pleased. Are we really that addicted to our phones now? I’ll be the first to confess I was guilty of doing the same not so long ago, and the minute my phone beeped with a new mail or message I would be quick to jump at it to see who it was. However, I vowed to bring about a change in my habits after that day, and as my new rule, the minute I step out of the house the phone is not allowed to come out of the bag! I do allow myself the occasional check once or twice (c’mon I’m a blogger and need to keep an eye on things! :)), but then strictly stay away from it the minute the friends arrive! I’m sure I speak for quite a few of us here as I have noticed others who do get annoyed by people using their phones in the middle of conversations, or the fact the table doesn’t stop vibrating every time a person receives a message and happily obliges to it followed by ‘sorry, what were you saying?’ So I would welcome such places that have no wifi connections as at least that way we would get to talk in peace! At least that’s my take on it …. what’s your story?

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It’s tea time with coffee & walnut cake!

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Time to take a break everyone with some delicious coffee and walnut mini cakes. The recipe is quite simple and straightforward so do try it out. Don’t forget to email the pics to thebakealogue@gmail.com.

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Click here to view the coffee and walnut cake recipe…