So it’s finally been confirmed ... on 28th September, we will be given the keys of our new home !
We started this exciting adventure of buying a house exactly a year ago, but after looking at countless properties, we gave up. It seemed like finding THE house was an impossible task ! Maybe it was my high expectations, but I've always believed that, to know for certain when a house is meant to be yours, it's when you walk in and you can see yourself making pancakes in the kitchen. Then, it’s your home ! However, all what I wanted to do when visiting all the main different houses was decorate them, from the top to the bottom!
Then, S and I considered the idea of purchase a brand new house last January, a decision which lead to another long search and again more disappointments. Finally, we found our home, and not only had I seen myself cooking pancakes in the kitchen, but also taking photographs in a lovely room which will be my studio !
Of course S doesn’t know this yet, he thinks it will be a games room, but as I suspect he is planning to built a man cave in the garage as well - its mine ! That’s why when we first looked around the house, it didn’t take us very long to look each other and know what it was the one.
This new change in our life has been especially exciting for me, for a number of reasons.
- As I’ve always lived in a flat, having my own garden is something new and really amazing for me. I'm planning to grow my own vegetables and herbs and have a little Japanese lake where a Koi fish will live if our cats, M & M don’t eat it first.
- My bedroom will be upstairs which I believe I will workout enough to be able to cancel my gym membership!
- The new kitchen is four times larger than my current kitchen so finally I will be able to purchase my KitchenAid food processor ! Again S may not be expecting this little new home gift surprise I have bought him - but he will love it.
- This will be the first ever house I own, which means my first ever mortgage... that weird word never before known to me until now. (Hold on - that’s not very exciting).
- My mum is coming over from Barcelona to help us packing. After all thats what mums are there for, aren't they?
- And of course she will bring with her Spanish foods such as Jamon Serrano, Manchego cheese and chorizo to make some Spanish dishes.
Between tapa and tapa, we will probably bake a plum tart because, I'm not sure if you know this but my mum makes the best plum tart ever. Yes, like your mum as well and probably like all mums in the world!
Nevertheless, this plum tart is not from my mum's cookbook. I was inspired to make the dough of the cake by Elana Amsterdam who I wouldn't mind to become her daughter for a few days just to try all her glorious desserts!
PLUM AND ALMOND TART
The combination of the almond flour and the baked plums gives a sensational taste to your palate and creates a delicate texture so moist that it melts in your mouth.
2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8-10 plums, halved, pitted and cut into eighths
A handful of flaked almonds to sprinkle on top
Preheat the oven to 200 C - 400 F.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt and baking soda. Then, in another bowl, mix the honey, eggs and vanilla extract.
Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and combine all together.
Pour the mixture into a round baking dish.
Arrange the plum slices on top of the tart in overlapping concentric circles, then sprinkle with flaked almonds.
Bake at 180 C - 325 F for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Let it cool before to serve and enjoy!
Laura | Lau Sunday cooks | Recipe inspired by Elana’s Pantry.