Category Archives: Latvia

Priecīgus Līgo svētkus!Priecīgus Līgo svētkus!

Jāņu Sveicieni

I’ll be back tomorrow.. for now, there is cheese to eat and cider to drink while we wait for the sun to return.Jāņu Sveicieni

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Sveicieni Latvijas dzimšanas dienā! (91st Anniversary of Latvian Independence)Sveicieni Latvijas dzimšanas dienā!

Latvian Independence Day Cake

I thought about what I wanted to do for the holiday and eventually came up with this cake. In the South, red velvet cake is a tradition. I’ve never made it, much less had it, but I knew it’d give me the deep maroon of Latvia’s flag. The white was a little trickier.

I found a recipe for a Silver-White Cake in my Good Housekeeping cookbook. It used no egg yolks so that the cake would come out white as snow and after some fiddling, I had adjusted the recipe so I would get some white and some red velvet out of it. It came out beautifully, the colors perfect.

I think my little Latvian Independence Cake came out well. My husband liked the flavor too — tangy and not-too-sweet.Latvian Independence Day Cake

I thought about what I wanted to do for the holiday and eventually came up with this cake. In the South, red velvet cake is a tradition. I’ve never made it, much less had it, but I knew it’d give me the deep maroon of Latvia’s flag. The white was a little trickier.

I found a recipe for a Silver-White Cake in my Good Housekeeping cookbook. It used no egg yolks so that the cake would come out white as snow and after some fiddling, I had adjusted the recipe so I would get some white and some red velvet out of it. It came out beautifully, the colors perfect.

I think my little Latvian Independence Cake came out well. My husband liked the flavor too — tangy and not-too-sweet.

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Vēlos… I wish…

Harvest

This is some of what my mother-in-law grew in her garden and harvested last week.

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