food, recipes

ham, cheese & olive cake

This past Sunday I baked a ham, cheese & olive cake, that we ate on Sunday evening & on Monday evening. I shared a photo on IG and I was asked for the recipe, so here it is for you as well !



1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) white wine (dry preferably)
1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) oil
4 eggs
100 g (1 cup) shredded cheese (I used Emmental)
150 - 200 g (2 cups) ham (cut into small pieces)
100 g (1 cup) either green or black olives or a mix of both (cut into pieces)
250 g (2 cups) flour
1 little bag of baking powder
a dash of salt
a generous dash of chia seeds


Preheat the oven at 190°C / 375°F
In a large bowl, mix the white wine & oil.
Add the eggs, one after the other, mix in.
Add the shredded cheese, mix in, the flour & baking powder, mix in.
Add the salt, the ham pieces, chia seeds & lastly the olives pieces. Mix in well.
Pour into a buttered & floured cake tin (long & narrow), sprinkle with some more chia seeds & put in the oven for 45mn at 190°C / 375°F. Check if the cake is well baked with the blade of a knife.


You can eat it cooled down or cold. It's great for picnics & for taking for lunch in your bento box. It can be frozen once cut into slices. Goes very well with a salad or a bowl of soup !
The wine leaves a delicious flavour without being strong. My sons love it ! You can switch the ham with sausages cut into pieces ... you can be pretty imaginative with this cake.

I hope you will try it, and if you do, please let me know !



Cozy Memories, hand carved stamps

transitioning into 2O17

Hello ! It was about time I showed up here, but actually I've been a little less present online on this first past week, first week of 2017. I guess I needed to take it slowly to make the transition with the nw year.

But here I am, and for once, I have something new to show. I have decided to change my logo for something visually more simple, something not fancy, not polished or perfect, something a little rough and to the point. You obviously can already see it on top of this page, but here are the logos I've carved into two stamps of different sizes (for making labels & for the packaging). I hope you like it as much as I do.

It's not 100% like the digital version (since they are fonts) but I like the imperfect look of it, it suits my ethics.

I hope that 2O17 has been treating you well so far, that you are healthy & creative. Do you have special plans for this year ? Specific projects you can talk about ?

Here's to the new year !! Cheers !



food, holiday season

Advent calendar 2106 - day 22, 23 and 24

Sorry for the delay in making the recap of the final days of our Advent Calendar activities ! You know, life happens, specially during the holidays !

So .... on Day 22, the activity was making a trivet and a keyring for each of their grandmas, with wooden beads. Easy peasy, and it was part of a package with many other goodies !

On Day 23, the activity was folding the napkins for Christmas day, in the shape of a Christmas tree. We followed this super easy tutorial found on Pinterest here. I borrowed green napkins from my mother-in-law, but they weren't cotton & didn't folded as neatly as I wanted. Yet, it was nice to do & it presented well in the plates !

And on the last day, on Day 24, the activity was baking a Victoria Sponge (or sandwich) ! It was pretty much straight forward, I wonder why I always thought it was more complicated ! We will be doing it again soon I think ! We didn't use buttercream for the filling, but I think we'll do in the future. You can find a recipe here.

I probably won't be much around here until the new year. I hope you've had a nice time visiting my blog in 2O16. I was honored by each of your comments, I appreciate them deeply.

Be well & merry & safe & happy, and see you in 2O17 !

holiday season, food

Advent calendar 2016 - day 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Busy time, sorry for the delay in posting these advent calendar related posts !

On Day 17, the activity was baking apple burritos ! Yum !

On Day 18, the activity was watching Sherlock Holmes "The Blue Carbuncle" episode (which we watch every Christmas, as well as some classic Christmas cartoons that we also have on DVD. Last year I added videos, but simply click this link to find them again.

On Day 19, the activity was not really one ... it was a surprise short trip to Narbonne, a town nearby (1 hour car drive), which we visited in the afternoon. The boys were happy about this surprise trip !

The day after, on Day 20, the activity was visiting the Oppidum d'Ensérune. (an archeological site) You can read more about it here & here. I posted photos of Narbonne & of the Oppidum on Instagram but didn't have my big camera.

On Day 21, the activity was drinking hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream. Truth is the cream refused to thicken, which made me mad, but it was still good anyway, apparently ! LOL

Only a good couple of days left until the end of the calendar, it went fast, so so fast !



holiday season

Advent calendar 2016 - day 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16

Oops, this week litterally slipped away ! Here's a recap of these last five days !

Day 12 (Monday), school day : a chocolate covered gingerbread man !

Day 13 (Tuesday), aslo a school day : a chocolate lollipop ...

Day 14 (Wednesday, off school, but we went to the hairdresser's & were away from home half of the day) : Make-a-Flake on the computer : you can virtually cut paper snowflakes ! It's suepr fun, no matter the age (very young or really old LOL), and is a perfect activity on a rainy/snowy/sick day. You can find the link { here }.

Day 15 (Thursday), also a school day : a mini chocolate bar (hey, who said we were addcited ?! I heard you !!!! LOL)

Day 16 (today, Friday), again a school day, but school holiday just started tonight ! So it was "making bagel pizzas" for diner ! Obviously we didn't make the bagels themselves. Simply toasted, then a little tomatoe sauce (with basil), little dices of mozzarella, dried herbs, and shredded Swiss cheese. Then in the over for 10mn.

Here are some more photos for you ...

First, Pitou in his double decker basket, by the Christmas tree.

Then a little corner on our table. The folded book tree was made during a past Advent Calendar (last year or the year before), the crochet covered stone was made by Margie, and the little brass fawn was gifted by my friend Nanou.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead ! Thanks for your visit !