I’ve been on a cleaning and de cluttering frenzy this weekend. I need more space and less stuff particularly in my kitchen I feel I can barely breathe in there. Our Edinburgh flat is pretty small and the kitchen is tiny no windows and barely any work surfaces. I open a cupboard and smash a new beautiful piece of crockery broken or God damn rice all over the floor it was driving me mad so a clear out was essential and it felt great. The satisfaction and achievement I felt from clearing the kitchen was addictive and I soon had a hallway full of unwanted stuff and junk from all over the flat. I think I could definitely embrace a new minimalist lifestyle only having items we really need and objects of beauty carefully selected for there quality and purpose. An exception to this would be food photography props the less is more theory may be harder for me to apply here and hence I have already failed and brought this vintage rotating metal cake stand in the photos I definitely needed this.
Feeling lighter from the removal of all our junk seemed to get my creativity flowing and I decide to create these little pink grapefruit and hazelnut loaf cakes. I love ground almonds in cakes and I also love the toasty taste of hazelnuts so decided to make ground hazelnuts to use as I would the almonds. The cakes really were very hazelnutty (a word- resembling or characteristics of hazelnuts) and the tartness of the grapefruit worked beautifully. They were moist with a large crumb texture and were just perfect with a cup of tea after a hard days cleaning.