Life’s nicer moments – Hazelnut and Yoghurt Cake

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I can see the morning mist rising from the wooded hill above my house,  I hear a blackbird is singing and my dog is looking at me through the glass of the kitchen door, urging me to take him out on his morning walk. Simple things that makes me stop and savour the moment. I know that when I finish this and take the dog on that walk, I will hear a nightingale sing, like he or she does every morning. I usually stop and listen, trying to get a glimpse of the bird, always safely hidden in the lush, green trees but that moment of inner stillness is so important to me, it brings life into perspective and it forces me to live that precise moment without thinking of future or past events. You don’t need a nightingale to find moments like that, it is enough to stop for a minute, use all your senses wherever you are, be it in the middle of a busy street, in an office or in a garden, and I promise you will feel more alive and that you probably will find something beautiful in that instance. Even when you are grieving, these kind of small moments can make you appreciate that you are still alive.

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I can hear the dog grunt, making me aware of his needs and wishes so I better provide to them. I leave you with a piece of Hazelnut and Yoghurt Cake, have two if you feel like it and try to stop and use all your senses for a moment once a day, I do think it makes life more live-able.

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HAZELNUT AND YOGHURT CAKE

4 eggs
250 g/ 8,8 oz sugar
120 g/ 4,2 oz butter, room warm
100 g/ 3,5 oz yoghurt
100 g/ 3,5 oz hazelnut flour, i.e. finely ground hazelnuts
250 g/ 8,8 oz flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Stir butter and sugar fluffy, then add one egg at a time until well incorporated.

Add the yoghurt and mix until the batter is smooth.

Add the flour, hazelnuts, baking powder and salt into the batter and stir well. Pour the batter into a a greased baking tin and bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for about 30 minutes, keep an eye on it and check if it is ready with a toothpick.

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