Category Archives: Latvia

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…

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

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…


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

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