I’ve finally managed to go back to reading. When I was younger books were my favourite way of entertainment, but then there was no internet, so it was just easier not to get distracted. Nowadays I spend too much time looking at Facebook timeline, where nothing interesting happens and it is so easy to forget why you should read good books. Our holidays helped me to go back on track. I’ve read a book and half and I’m proud of it. “The Book Thief” is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a while, if not in a lifetime. You should definitely read it, I’m not sure about the movie, as I’ve heard a review on the radio that entirely discouraged me from it. It’s heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. Now I’m reading “The Goldfinch” and listening to an audiobook “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and it’s amazing, I feel like living in alternative locations. I’m at the same time in Amsterdam and in Stockholm. I smell coffee poured into a thermos (that seems like a Swedish thing), I walk along dark and dodgy streets, I see things I would prefer not to see, but also smile listening about my favourite characters. I’ve got so drawn into the stories that I even dreamt about the characters.
So that’s my life, I also baked a cake lately, actually two, but that one I want to share with you. I like recipes calling for veggies, as this makes cakes guilt-free, as it is your five-a-day, isn’t it? I tried already cakes with courgettes, pumpkin and carrots, but that’s the first one with beetroots. It’s a good, simple recipe, it’s very moist, but you can control that leaving it for longer, if you want to.
Adapted from Nigel Slater
For 20-cm spring pan
- 250g beetroot, cooked or roasted and peeled
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped roughly
- 4 Tbsp hot espresso
- 200g butter, cubed
- 135g plain flour
- a heaped tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 5 eggs, yolks and whites separately
- 190g caster sugar
- optional – crème fraîche and poppy seeds, to serve