Happy Cake, First Class Post and Curried Cauliflower Soup

10 Oct

1   A seasonal cook-up today! First a beautiful cake, Plum, Almond (should be hazelnuts) and Chocolate Cake, that came to me via the BBC Good Food site today. I couldn’t resist it! My version is full of the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make us happy! There are ground almonds, almond slivers and lots of good dark chocolate, all good sources of tryptophan hence its new name of Happy Cake.

Doesn’t that look delicious?

And it is!

2   While the cake was cooling and waiting for its glaze, we went to the Post Office to post off the two hoodies by the fastest post possible though I could hardly bear to part with them. If the hoodies themselves don’t keep the Grandbabies warm, then the love they’ve been made with will surely do the trick.

Hoodie parcels

3   While we were out we found big Cornish cauliflowers at a good price so I have made an enormous batch of Curried Cauliflower Soup, one of our favourites for cold winter days: 3 pints in the freezer and one for tomorrow. Two servings go very nicely into a one pint milk carton and they stack really neatly in the freezer.

Curried cauliflower soup

I’ll put both recipes up soon.

I can’t post large photos at the moment, they stretch and go out of proportion so these are all medium. Do click on each one for the large version.


Posted by on October 10, 2012 in baking, craft, family, Food, knitting, postaday2012


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24 responses to “Happy Cake, First Class Post and Curried Cauliflower Soup

  1. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    October 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    hmm hmmm good – soup
    love the idea of happy cake — I could use some

  2. Kathleen Richardson

    October 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Your cake is gorgeous and sounds as much.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

      It lasts well too, last pieces saved for tonight just before we fly to help us sleep! 🙂

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    October 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    That cake is THE BEST. I LOVE rich and fruity cakes. Ohhhhh, yum!!!!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

      It’s very good. Forgive my lack of response recently, getting ready for this adventure in India has taken lots of time. We fly tonight! 🙂

  4. saymber

    October 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The cake had me until I saw plum lol — what’s wierd is I LOVE plum jam. Kind of like tomatoe’s vs ketchup. Those hoodies will definitely keep the babies warm inside and out! They are awesome. Soup is great for this time of the year.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      You’ll love this cake! Do try it! 🙂

      • saymber

        October 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        May be I could substitute plums with more chocolate or another fruit…hmmmm lol. 🙂

        • mybeautfulthings

          October 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          You could try pears if you like them. They would go well with the chocolate and the almonds 🙂

  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    October 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Can’t wait for the soup recipe. The weather is turning colder so I was just thinking of making up a batch of vegetable barley soup. On the cruise we had lentil soup…so now I am also hungry for that. I can smell the aroma’s now! I love cauliflower so looking forward to trying it. Of coarse I will need to make the Happy Cake too, what is soup for a nice cold day without a good dessert to enjoy with a good cup of tea…must save some of the Highland tea I purchased for a treat like that cake! It is not easy to get hazelnuts here so I am glad you used the almonds so I know it will work.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Hello, I’ve out the soup recipe up this afternoon so I hope you try it. Do let me know how it goes.
      Th cake is perfect with a cup of tea too! I’ll put that recipe up soon, probably on Saturday. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      We had a slice of cake after lunch today and both felt sleepy later! The tryptophan makes this a cake most suitable for evening indulgence!

      • thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

        October 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        yummy…but since I am still recuperating from our travels I need no help getting sleep right now! LOL Can’t wait to try it. And I found a website that sells Highland Tea – YEA…now I can really indulge. You would think drinking all that Highland Tea I would be bouncing off the walls, if anything I think it relaxes me. 😉

        • mybeautfulthings

          October 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

          I find tea relaxes me too unlike coffee. All the best to you 🙂

  6. mixedupmeme

    October 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Will be waiting for the soup recipe. I don’t know what people have against cauliflower. I love it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I’ve just put the recipe up for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 🙂

  7. Dilip

    October 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

    That cake looks yummy and the soup very inviting 🙂
    Cheess & best wishes.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

      We are travelling to your part of the world tonight with a two week adventure to come. All the best to you 🙂

  8. Shelagh

    October 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Waiting for the curried colli soup recipe – I have a huge white one and a yellow one from the garden in the fridge. Guys are tired of them as a veg. 😎

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I’ll try to post it tomorrow. It’s very easy and very tasty! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Hope you’ve used up your caulks in the soup by now!

  9. espirational

    October 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    That cake does look wonderful!

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      It is very good indeed! I’ll put the recipe up soon. Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment. 🙂

  10. Choc Chip Uru

    October 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Happy for the water and beholder my friend, it looks delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


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