Archive | April, 2011

Royal Wedding Reception Menu

29 Apr

 Today is the big day. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, took place this morning at Westminster Abbey. After a cheerful procession greeted by thousands from all around the world, the royal couple has arrived at the Buckingham Palace where a wedding reception will be held soon hosted by Her Majesty The Queen. And I wonder what’s on the menu?

William&Kate after the Wedding

Well, as officially announced, 150 different type of canapés will be served to 650 guests attending the reception. There will be cold canapés, savory hot canapés and finally sweet canapés. It is said that these recipes were created over time. I wonder if there are vegetarian ones?

 And of course, the wedding cake… Fiona Cairns has designed the wedding cake. She says that she feels overwhelmed, privileged and excited at the same time. The cake is a very traditional fruitcake of which the recipe is slightly changed for the royal couple. The traditional fruitcake is, in fact, a specialty of Fiona Cairns as that is how she started business.

 It is said that the cake is decorated using Joseph Lambeth technique with traditional delicate flowers and light top. Flowers used on the wedding cake are chosen according to language of flowers as used in Victorian times to express emotions in a coding way. White rose, for example, as one of the choices of Ms. Middleton symbolizes happiness.

Happy Easter Coconut Macaroons

24 Apr

All my friends find coconut macaroons gorgeous.  So does my husband. And in the end it is up to me to bake them. However I wanted to avoid eggs, dairy and excessive sugar thus ended up with this vegan recipe that will not threaten your figure. No butter, no eggs (although very unlike Easter), no milk and less sugar, yet these coconut macaroons are tempting with their gentle taste. The best part is that you will not feel guilty in the end.

Ingredients (Around 20 macaroons):

5-tablespoon flaked coconut

2-tablespoon ground almond

2-tablespoon all purpose flour

1-tablespoon granulated sugar

1 ½ cup coconut cream

Preparation method:

Preheat the oven to 220 C (425 F). Line the oven tray with a layer of baking sheet or aluminum foil and gently oil the surface. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk till obtaining a dough that is not very firm.  With the aid of a scoop put drops of mixture on the oven tray. Place into the oven and bake 15-20 minutes or till the macaroons turn golden brown.

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