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Sunday afternoon at Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Food Market

Every newbie in town has a list of places-to-see and things-to-do. I’m very lucky to have friends who look after my weekend plans and send me here and there, basically to all must-to-be places in and near Dublin. Hannah, who I work with and who happens to be a food blogger too (check out her Veg Lej blog!) highly recommended the Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Food Market. And bless her for that! What a picturesque place to be on Sunday afternoon! Situated close to the Seafront, it truly is an ideal market venue. Once I entered the market, I was attracted to the eclectic arts and crafts stalls, not to mention how wowed I was with the multi cultural dimension with Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Palestinian and of course Irish food on offer! Everything looked and smelled so delish that I couldn’t resist and bought some gorgeous pears, homemade butter and yoghurt, Chinese dumplings and other fruits and veggies that names I can’t even repeat ;)
I met some incredible characters who I cannot wait to meet again and learn more about the great produce they have available. I also managed to take some pictures, so take a look and hopefully see you at Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Food Market next week! :)

PS. A cone from Teddy’s (Dun Laoghaire’s famous hole in the wall) were cherry on the top ;)

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Flower Power Cake – It’s Spring in Dublin!

As many of you know, I’ve recently moved to Dublin and so far I’ve been living the dream :) Probably my perspective would be slightly different if the weather wasn’t that gorgeous but officially spring has landed and I am making the most of it!

And it was that last sunny Saturday that inspired me to bake something funny and…flowery :)

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So here it is: Flower Power Spring cake recipe, directly from tiny kitchen in Killiney :)

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To make this amazingly delicious and fresh cake you need:

For the sponge:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/3 cup of milk
1 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

For the frosting:
3/4 cup of full fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup of icing sugar

Here is how to make the Flower Power Spring Cake, which I would do again in a heartbeat, it’s that goooood :)

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Beat the butter and caster sugar until fluffy. Next, add 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Now, separate eggs but do reserve the whites. Then add egg yolks to the sugar mixture and beat until creamy.
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and baking powder; add alternately with milk to egg yolk mixture. Now mix in everything to the batter.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease an 8 inch baking pan. I used the round one.
Now, in a separate bowl, beat whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff. Next, fold egg whites into batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

To prepare frosting: combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter, fresh lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar and beat at low speed just until blended, do not overbeat as I did once ;)

When your cake is cool completely, cut it in half horizontally.

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Spread half the frosting over the base, then put the other half on top and spread the remaining mix over.

Finally, decorate with edible flowers. If you can’t get them, scatter over the blueberries.

Hope you’ll like it folks! Your thoughts are most welcome!

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Enjoy!

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