Eurovision and Stitching

They pulled out all the stops this year, for Eurovision. I don’t watch it for the music – I watch it for the stage-shows, and the presenters’ costume-changes. I think I counted four for Petra.

I wasn’t particularly rooting for anyone, although I liked Cyprus, and thought there were better entries than Ukraine. However.

It was a good evening, and creative inspiration clearly rubbed off on me as I managed to get quite a bit of stitching for the Dalahäst done. I have, though, mislaid one of my threads. Quite an important colour, too, so I’m trying to work around it by leaving all of that colour until the end. Hopefully my counting won’t go wrong…

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I also discovered an inadvertent colour-change. Apparently what I thought was No. 335 is actually No. 35, although since I don’t have that thread anyway, it might just be that I forgot to note the change on my pattern. Oh well!

Mostly all I have left is large blocks of No. 335 and outlining in No. 46, which is my missing thread. There are a few more details to do, but the majority are done.

If Music Be the Food of Love…

Why isn’t it easier to choose wedding music? I’m not talking about hymns for a church-ceremony. I’m talking about the processional and recessional pieces. You know, the grand entrance and happy exit. I’ve been tune-hopping on YouTube all week.

I love Wagner, so his Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin is the obvious choice. Except that the vulgar lyrics have the bride being “all fat and wide”. That may not describe me, but seriously? What bride in her right mind wants to walk down the aisle to people humming that? So that’s out.

Searching for Marches and processionals offers up suggestions. The Grand Marches from Verdi’s Aida and Wagner’s Tannhauser. There’s a fun one by Grieg. It’s quirky. Troldtog, or the March of the Dwarfs (or Trolls, depending on the translation you find). Marcello’s Psalm XIX. Strauss Snr’s Radetzky March (which I’m tempted by for the recessional). Various trumpet voluntaries. Meyerbeer’s Coronation March from La Prophète. Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Then there’s Pachelbel’s increasingly popular Canon in D. Or his Fantasia in C. Holst’s Jupiter. Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Handel’s Royal Fireworks or Water Suite.

So many choices. While I ruminate and think about all these nice tunes, how about some tea and cake?

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This week’s test-recipe is a chocolate malt cupcake, mostly because it uses up the buttermilk left over from last week’s Red Velvet Cake.

So. Ingredients.

150 ml sunflower oil

75ml whole milk

75ml buttermilk

1 large egg

1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

240g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

330g caster sugar

150ml boiling water

I’m not entirely sure about the measurements that I used, because apparently I managed to buy measuring jugs which start at 200ml. So I had to guess a little about the liquid measurements. The cakes turned out all right, though. Quite tasty.

Anyway.

Put the liquids (minus the boiling water) and egg into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Stir together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add a third to the liquids, followed by a third of the water. Alternate until all is thoroughly mixed and you have a nice, chocolatey cake-batter.

Spoon it into cake-cases and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5.

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Decorate as desired. Really tasty with a lemon and lime marmalade and maltesers. Although the marmalade is a bit slimy to keep the maltesers on, or indeed for generally staying on the cake. I tried to make them into butterfly cakes, but it was quite slippery marmalade.