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A Virtual Baby Shower For Emiko: A Sponge Cake With Custard And Chocolate

A virtual baby shower for Emiko: a sponge cake with custard and chocolate

Probably 50 years ago we would live all in the same neighbourhood and we would meet regularly for our book club or for cozy afternoon teas. We would play card games in winter and we would gather for garden parties during summer with men barbecuing pork ribs and beef hamburgers. We would share recipes written in a neat hand writing on tiny pieces of paper, adding real bookmarks in our grease stained cook books. We would be good friends and we would celebrate with a perfect baby shower Emiko’s baby girl, who’s due within Christmas, the best gift she could ask for.

Nowadays we’re still good friends, though we live scattered all over the world: Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Australia. We make up special occasions to meet and spend time cooking, eating and laughing, being it on the seaside, in the countryside or in London. We chat on line a lot, we exchange long e-mails and, notwithstanding the distance, we support each other throughout all our life stages, plans and dreams.

If we were closer we would definitely have gathered to celebrate Emiko’s baby, choosing one of our kitchens and living rooms and sitting one next to the other at the table, with a cup of tea or a sparkling pink drink. The distance won’t stop us from celebrating today, so we decided to throw a virtual baby shower party for Emiko. Everyone’s invited, as long as you are in a good mood for celebrating and are not intimidated by a bunch of girls laughing and sobbing in commotion in front of Emiko’s belly!

– Tablecloth by Urbanara – 

Everyone’s bringing their special gifts to Emiko. We have cookies, and you can even choose among vegan pumpkin chocolate chips cookies baked by Zizi and delicate rice cookies made by Jasmine. As this is a party for a special girl, we have also cakes, a flourless chocolate cake with pears – La Belle Helene – baked by Karin or a soft cheesecake beautifully made by Rossella. Muffins can not be missed, so Valeria made festive gingerbread banana muffins, while Sarka offers us something savoury, tempting mini tartlets. Wait, this is a party, we need spirit, at least for the father-to-be… Luckily Regula is bringing cobnut brandy!

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