Goodbye February

Goodbye February, how fast you have passed me by. It should not come as a surprise anymore, the speed in which time travels, but still it does. I had great plans with you, you know, wild ideas & good hope. But somehow I get in the way of myself sometimes. Like I want more than my mind can handle. But I enjoyed our time together all the same. Please, don’t get me wrong; I loved the days you gave to me.

Goodbye February, you beautiful romantic soul. Bringing warmth & flowers, while outside chilly winds blew all premature thoughts of spring away. I went outside, willingly facing wind, rain & hail, my clothes soaked time & time again, but my heart singing with delight. I made small drawings of love, cooked familiar favourites to warm us at dinnertime, I strolled between deserted factories, where beauty was bravely defeating decay. I watched too many episodes of a new favourite series, let myself be tempted by the ‘comfort’ of the old English aristocratic life. I tried to keep promises to myself, set goals & strived for my own definition of success. I listened to both old & new music, found my heart jumping with joy every time a memorable song arrived at its doorstep. I watched dancers drift across a brightly lit stage, embracing both (in)visible love & all life lived beneath the delicate surface of our skin.

Goodbye February, what a world we live in, with all its uncompromised power to give & take, the ability to create & to destroy. Your winter days passed & I thought of those with no shelter, no place to call home. It was with a heavy heart that I looked at my television screen, staring into the eyes of those with nothing left, but still so much to give. I sat & realised how we are all so connected & so very disconnected at the same time. And I couldn’t decide whether that thought made me feel either strong or only smaller still.

Goodbye February, time to go. Make space for March, that unpredictable & wilful friend of yours. Thank you for a lovely time. Thank you for the wind in my face, the first bold flowers that blossomed. Thank you for the laughter & the tears. Thank you for the forgotten song that played on the radio. Thank you for the sunny extra day. And more than anything, thank you for putting up with my complicated soul, the questions it askes & the answers it provides. I wish you well & we’ll meet again.

Love, Naomi

Book: Een verhaal van liefde, ziekte en dood. Deel 1: de liefde – Jonas Gardell (Dutch)
Series: Downton Abbey
Theatre: Under my skin – Isabella Beerneart
Songs of the month:
The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel
Oh Canada – Missy Higgins
Nothing Arrived – Villagers
Up & Up – Coldplay
Nobody Cept’you – Jack Savoretti

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Lemonicious Lemon Dessert

Lemonicious Lemon Dessert

This month’s recipe post had to be something sweet; it’s February, a.k.a. the month of love, after all. Chocolate being the number one romantic treat, a whole range of chocolate desserts came to mind when I started thinking about this month food blog post. Wouldn’t it be great to treat your lover, your best friend and/or yourself to the best chocolate dessert ever heard of? It would be such a fantastic way to show how much you love him or her or yourself:)
But then I thought about the whole thing a little longer & had to admit that I might not have found that one special chocolate recipe. At least, not yet. And, thinking even longer, I figured there might actually be people out there who don’t like chocolate all that much. I know, I know, highly unlikely, but it happens. Or what if your loved one, or you, do like chocolate, but just prefer other sweets & desserts. What if you’re both lemon-lovers, like I am?

This is for those people. The brave few, who dare to move away from the obvious & who go out of their way to make this delicious, soft & unforgettable lemon pudding cake. It’s sweet, it’s both pudding & cake in one. It’s delightful & it’s easy to make. It will blow your lover’s/friend’s mind & if he/she doesn’t like it, you can always decide to eat the cakes/puddings all by yourself. They are simply that delicious:)

Lemonicious Lemon Pudding Cakes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
– 30 grams butter + some for greasing
– 100 grams sugar
– 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
– Juice of 1 fresh lemon (about 1/4 cup)
– 2 small eggs, separated
– 30 grams all-purpose flour + some for dusting
– 150 ml milk
– Icing sugar

Utensils:
– 4 small ramekins
– Mixer
– 2 mixing bowls
– Grater
– Juicer
– Silicon spatula or spoon
– Baking pan

Preparing the Lemon Pudding Cakes:
– Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
– Grease ramekins with butter & dust with flour. Place in baking tray & set aside.
– Mix butter, sugar & zest together is a large bowl.
– One by one, mix in lemon juice, flour, milk & egg yolks. Make sure to mix well before adding the next ingredient.
– In a separate & grease-free bowl, whip the egg whites until they thicken & form peaks.
To test whether you whipped the egg whites long enough, lift up your mixer. When firm peaks appear, your whites are ready.
– Now, carefully, fold the egg whites through the lemon mixture. Make sure not to stir too fast & too long, the mixture should remain quite fluffy.
– Pour the mixture into the dusted ramekins. Now, gently, pour cold water into the baking tray, until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
– Carefully, place the baking tray in the middle of the oven & bake about 40 minutes or until the puddings/cakes are golden on top, but still soft at the bottom.
– When done, take the tray out of the oven, remove the ramekins from the water & let them cool down before serving them.
– Dust the top of the puddings/cakes with some icing sugar, right before serving them
– This dessert can be eaten either lukewarm or cold, which makes it ideal to make in advance & eat later!

Enjoy!

Lemon Pudding Cakes

Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Since Valentine’s Day is not far from now & because I felt like making some sweet illustrations, I’m happy to share my first ever printable with you. And the good news is; it’s completely free!
So, this is your change to surprise your loved one with some lovely cards this Valentines. You can leave these illustration around the house as little messages of love or you could print them on good quality paper & use them as postcards. You could even print a bunch of them & create a lovely, colourful banner for that one special person in your life. If you want, you can share this printable with your friends, family or anybody, who you think might like to surprise someone this Valentine’s Day. It’s entirely up to you!

If anything, it would be great if you could credit me, when you decide to share this printable. And please, feel free to leave a comment below, because I would love to know what you think!

Simply press one of the download link below, print the little cards & cut them out. And you’re officially ready for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Printable PDF
Valentine’s Day Printable Word

 

Before I go: A sweet friend of mine has organized a giveaway on het website, with a chance to win a set of the Words-cards I made last year together with Astrid from CardCetera. If you happen to read and/or speak Dutch, make sure to check out my friends blog. You have until the 14th of February to react:)