Magdalena's hands were trembling, she was down on the antique brick floor in her parent's garden room picking up pieces of terra cotta. She was careful not to get small broken sharp bits into her knees. Magdalena was jet-lagged and nervous that she dropped a gorgeous Terra cotta pot filled with her favorite Apple Blossom scented geraniums. The garden room was perfumed with a variety of cherry blossoms that her mother brought in from their orchard to force into huge flowering branches. They reached up to the ceiling surrounded by glass windows that allowed the sun to shine in on the plants for hours each day. There was also an abundance of scented orange blossoms, small fruit trees, boxwoods, roses, a collection of scented geraniums, and a variety of fern and flowers that her mother wintered over. The room was filled with antiques from the Paris flea market, her mother adored the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt and she decorated this room with the treasures she found in Paris and all over the world. Magdalena could spend hours in this enchanted Garden Room listening to the bird sing, enjoying a cup of tea in the morning, a glass of champagne in the evening and she often did, that is when she was home.Read More
I am not sure where this wonderfully creative cake originated from, so I cannot credit its original creator. I can, however, share my easy version of making a cake that your children and grownups will not only love but be impressed by. I have been making buried witch cakes for at least 15 years and my boys love it every time!
You can use either a chocolate box cake or your favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe. I do both depending on my time crunches. If using a box, follow the directions and make 2 round cakes.
Let both cakes cool completely on a rack.
Place the first round cake on a decorative Halloween platter and spread the top with a chocolate fudge icing. Again either homemade or store bought will work.
Crumble the second layer and sprinkle onto the cake to resemble dirt (see photo for guidance).
Next is the fun part: making the marzipan witch.
Brooklyn's iconic waterfront has the most unsurpassed views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, and The Statue of Liberty. Old fashioned yet chic and trendy, Dumbo's (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) plentiful boutique shops, fine dining, and art scene bring together the most spectacular melting pot of culture.
I'm wearing Teggy French (@teggyfrench) Cafan pictured above.
Ride the historic carousel while wandering along the quaint cobblestone streets or enjoy New York's finest pizza as you take in the waterfront views.
Plan your day and activities:
1. Ride the antique carousel along the waterfront
2. A window seat at The River Café for exquisite cuisine and their Brooklyn Bridge-shaped chocolate cake.
3. Hit the shops along the cobblestone streets
4. Grimaldi's pizza
5. Jacques Torres's chocolate and ice cream
6. Luke's Lobster
7. Visit art galleries
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Lobster Roll recipe inspired by Brooklyn:
- Fresh rolls (toasted & buttered)
- Fresh lobster meat
- A little mayo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Finely diced celery (optional)
Keep it simple and fresh, serve with a sparkling rosé such as Michel Freres (seen in above picture)
Some potato chips and pickles on the side