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[*] posted on 6-4-2021 at 16:39


Today the biggest Dutch travel agency chain D-reizen went bankrupt. This is bad news...



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[*] posted on 6-4-2021 at 18:38


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Haha it was my 4th attempt at the Sachertorte. Since I'm from the 4th of the 4th (apparently a bad luck day in Asia) 4 is my lucky number and with me it's usually 4 times a charm rather than 3.

Sachertorte is not an easy cake but it involves my 3 favourite things in the kitchen - sieved flour, molten chocolate and stiff egg-whites.
I began by greasing the tin and gathering the ingredients. For the dough I melted the chocolate au bain marie, beat the butter with some of the sugar, added sieved flour and then chocolate to the mix, and beat it thoroughly. Then came the tough part of the mix - the egg whites. I made sure my bowl and the beaters were clean and grease free, split 6 eggs (which took 7 eggs, I baked the 7th) and then beat the whites stiff, and added sugar. They went stiff beautifully and all sparkly.
The difficulty is in Sachertorte that the rise comes from the egg-whites, there is no other rising agent. So you have to mix the whites stiff, then fold them in with the dough carefully - if you're too rough, you'll break all the air bubbles in the egg and you get a very dense and chocolate-y pancake. I was ever so careful - using the tip to first mix in a third of the egg whites firmly to get the mix loose, then slowly fold in the rest of the egg.

And as I was one, I looked to my right - and saw the six egg yolks in their little bowl. That had to be added at a much earlier state and needed to be beaten in vigorously.

Drat. I added the yolks and some baking powder.

The rest of the cake was moderatey successful in that I got a rise, I asked Dad to cut it through the middle so I could put the apricot jelly into it, and the glazing went well for a first time.

Result was sweet and the coffee taste of the glaze is really powerful, but it wasn't too bad.
I would say: Good job, bonny! This seems to be quite an interesting cake. If you could share the recipe, I'd be glad to try it. I know the part with the egg whites can be tricky, I've had to use them in other cakes, as in a Mousse au chocolat. Just do it slowly, not brutally, and it should be fine.
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[*] posted on 6-4-2021 at 18:39


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Today the biggest Dutch travel agency chain D-reizen went bankrupt. This is bad news...

As to your job?
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[*] posted on 6-4-2021 at 20:19


For the travel industry in general since they're about the biggest travel agency chain, this is along the line of Thomas Cooke bankrupcy. It's also a Big Red Flag signalling the state of travel agencies in The Netherlands. Aside from KLM the tourism has been given hardly any support and 90% of income is lost.



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[*] posted on 6-4-2021 at 22:52


I hope you had a great birthday, Bonny.



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[*] posted on 8-4-2021 at 16:38


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For the travel industry in general since they're about the biggest travel agency chain, this is along the line of Thomas Cooke bankrupcy. It's also a Big Red Flag signalling the state of travel agencies in The Netherlands. Aside from KLM the tourism has been given hardly any support and 90% of income is lost.
Ok, I understand.
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[*] posted on 8-4-2021 at 20:50


Pfff recovering from Easter... though working 8 less hours this week has been a nice bonus. 16 Apr I took leave because it's my dad's birthday, and 27 Apr is our national holiday.



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[*] posted on 13-4-2021 at 13:36


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Doing poorly again - will be having 4 days off in a row though this weekend, so I'll be visiting BF again.

Iím assuming you meant to post that here. I hope you get better soon.




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[*] posted on 13-4-2021 at 17:05


Thanks!

Had a pretty bad spider scare - still haven't killed a spider all year but dear god it was terrifying.




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[*] posted on 14-4-2021 at 06:33


Haven't been able to get onto the Z forum for days.



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[*] posted on 16-4-2021 at 12:28


DED's birthday today!



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[*] posted on 16-4-2021 at 16:41


Happy birthDED!!!!!!:bouncy:
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[*] posted on 17-4-2021 at 02:19


Happy birthday DED!!

The Zappa forum is back - don't get too excited.




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[*] posted on 25-4-2021 at 22:15


Back here! BF was utterly sweet!



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[*] posted on 1-5-2021 at 07:40


Nice to hear that you boyfriend's a sweet guy, Bonny.

As for me, for the four preceding nights I couldn't sleep more than four hours per night. For no apparent reason I seemed to be stressed. Tonight I slept for about 11 hours straight. It feels good. :D
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[*] posted on 2-5-2021 at 08:55


Good to hear you're recovering. It baffles me after every night of bad sleep how important it is.

Our squirrel feeder is a big hit. At least two and probably more squirrels are feeding on it regularly.

They're so cute!




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[*] posted on 3-5-2021 at 17:26


Squirrels are so cute indeed! And they are sedentary, so they should stay there for quite a while.

Thanks, my sleep is going much much better than last week. Yeah, it's really important for your health and well being. And the older you grow, the more important it becomes.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 16:34


When Tim Curry comes to the UK...

and you decide you're not going to do it after thoroughly reading the terms and conditions and taken every option in overview...

...you feel old.




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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 17:11


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Cute huh!



Cuty cuty cute!!!!
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