Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Sunday!

Things I'm looking forward to this Sunday:

- stirring up a cake. It is Stir-up Sunday after all. I'm not religious but I like food traditions, even from other countries. So I'm making a marzipan fruit cake largely inspired by Nigella's, but with a few adaptations. I used to hate marzipan, but I have found some without any artificial flavouring and it's quite OK in baking. Adds a new dimension to cakes.

-new plants on the balcony. I am very bad at green things, but W likes to potter about the balcony and yesterday we were at Ikea and he bought a few things to brighten up our winter. He was uprooting old wizened up summer flowers and found some acorns buried in the pot. I said they probably fell in there from the oaks in our street. He insisted they were buried in the middle of the soil and that a squirrel must have stored them in there.  I love that!

-reading. I haven't read enough these past months. All I've been interested in were non-fiction books, but fell asleep every night after a few lines of Flow. I have decided to waste less time online and spend more time reading good fiction again. Chose to turn to a favourite writer's prose : David Lodge's Deaf Sentence.

As you can tell from the pics, we are slowly gearing up for Christmas, next Sunday is the beginning of Advent so we'll be lighting the first candle in that wreath and perhaps drinking some mulled wine to go with a slice of that cake -if there's any left...

Happy Sunday to you!


Sandy said...

julie, i love this post! we are gearing towards christmas here also, and i am so excited this year.
i love your yellow tablecloth in the first picture. and i really should make the same committment to turn off the computer a little more often to read.
happy baking! and happy sunday to you!

julie said...

Thank you Sandy :)

It's oilcloth, great with the kids!


Sarah said...

Ooh Carlsbourg butter! I love it!

xox Sarah