Mt. St. Helens – the Edible version

This was a journey requiring 1 hour of shopping, 6 hours of mixing and baking, and 1.5-2 hours of decorating. The idea came out of a weekend getaway in the enchantments. On the drive home, a two hour discussion then turned into reality: a cake in the shape of the famous Mt. St. Helens. It even included spirit lake, the logs, and certain contours around the area. Besides that, all the ingredients except for the tan-sand colored frosting was home-made. The base material was made of a sponge cake, the same as what the Hungarian Dobos Torte is made of. Here is the time-lapse in pictures:

First rough cake-looking part. This will be the main mountain.

Image of one of the thin layers. Kind of falling apart but it will be used!

The frosting I made – It is a mixture of coconut oil and semi-sweet chocolate chunks from trader joes

Spirit lake being created…

Cutting out contours for the glaciers

Bird’s eye view of the contoured mountain. Looks like a mess without frosting and cover up.

Closer image of contours

Frosting starting to be applied

Almost finished, only the vegetation missing now.

Finished! (not the best quality…) this is when we presented it to the birthday boy. Maybe next time I’ll put an explosive in the crater or some dry ice or something.

The birthday boy was really happy for the cake. real man hug 😉

2. Portlandi Kiscserkesz Tabor – N.Umpqua River

Kepek

Pentek Reggel elindult ot vezeto, s 5-6 csalad delre Portlandtol. A celjuk: Horseshoe Bend Campground. Itt volt a helyszine a masodik Portlandi Kiscserkesz tabornak. 3.5-4 ora utazas, lerobbant kocsi, s azoknak kimentese utan, cuccal egyutt vegul elert a csapat a taborhelyre. E megprobaltatasok utan is mindenkinek jo kedve volt, alig varta a tabort. Szulok kulon taborba vonultak, s a vezetok: Tunde, Joska, Katie, Ildiko, es az Orban hazaspar Seattlebol kezdtek a foglalkozasokat. Kezdtuk ismerkedo jatekokkal, satrakba bekoltozessel. Azutan volt egy finom paprikas krumpli vacsorara.
A taborba iden kevesebben voltak mint mult evben, de jo csapat gyult ossze: volt egy darazs nevezetu fiu ors amiben harom 6 eves volt, es a Gyongyvirag ors, amelyben harom 8-11 eves lany volt. Orsvezetojuk Joska (15 eves), es Katie (16 eves) volt, akik Washington DCbol jottek el erre a taborra kulonlegesen.
Szombaton hetkor mar ebreszto volt, szemle, zaszlofelvonas, s reggeli. Nap kozben orsi foglalkozasok ahol az egyenruharol, utjelekrol, tuzrakasrol tanultak, sportoltak, enekeltek, jatszottak, es kirandultak. Ebed ido utan egy vizi rohampalyat keszitett Csaba, amiben tobbekkozott vizipisztolyokkal kelett egymast lovoldozni. Kotelhuzas, lufi dobalassal is versenyeztek a kiscserkeszek. Kezimunka is volt, piheno kozben Wiki-sticks-ekkel, gyurmaval is jatszottak. Delutan babszinhazban Csipike, Tipetupa, Kukucsi, Bagoly, es Kecskebeka szerepelt.
Nap kozben fantasztikus foztoket keszitett Enikoe, akinek a 4 eves lanya mindenkinek mosogatott, megkeres nelkul, meg a mosogato orsnek is segitett. Ebedre karfiol es brokkoli leves volt, Vacsorara kituno babgulyas keszult tuz folott.. meg a vezetok sem tudtak megallni megkostolni amig keszult! Nap kozben ketszer uzsonnaztak is a gyerekek, yoghurt, alma, repa, rizs keksz.
Este tabortuzre keszultunk, aminek a temaja a Csipike tortenetbol az “Orias” volt a tema: fizikai, de lelki “oriassagrol” is. Az orsvezetok turelmesen kidolgoztak az orsukkel egy-egy szamot, es a szuloket is meghivtuk, hogy resztvegyenek. Ok is egy aranyos szamot adtak elo az onzosegrol. Tabortuz alatt Csipike (Tunde) orias lett, es Kukucsi (Csaba) varazslatosan elvesztette lusta tulajdonsagat.. meg annyira hogy Vasarnap reggel o ebredt, hogy tornazzon a gyerekekkel.
A Magyar szulok elamulva neztek, milyen sok eneket tanultak a gyerekek, milyen jol szerepelnek a sok ember elott, s milyen jo jatekokat tanultak.
Vasarnap reggel sajnos esore ebredtunk, de megoldottuk: feltettuk Szilvia altal kolcson adott ponyva-satrat, es alatta tartottunk meg egy babszinhazat. Erre a nap is roviden kisutott ami alatt egy akadalypalyat keszitettunk 5 allomassal: vizipisztoly lovessel, kotel at kuszassal, aztan egy szines-ugro puzlival, kotel/csiga ulessel, aztan botokbol haziko epitessel, meg memoria jatekkel fejeztuk be. Ezek utan egy darazsviadal is volt, ami abbol alt, hogy Tipetupat meg kelett vedjek a kiscserszkeszek a harom darazstol. Mindenkire ra volt kotve egy zsak cukor selyem pappirbol keszulve. Ezt ujsagpapir kardokkal kelett pufolni, amig el nem sakad, futas kozben. Vegul a kiscserkeszek nyertek!
Koszonet a vezetoknek, szuloknek, es gyerekeknek a sikeres taborert!

Black Rice Sushi

Who says you need sushi rice to make sushi? Try black rice + risotto mix. Gives a nice sticky consistency without all the extra sauces/bleached white rice 🙂 This batch also has yams, cucumbers, avocado, and various spices such as coriander seed, marjoram, thyme, and ground black pepper. Sesame seed would have been an interesting touch to the blackness too…

The stage is Toulouse

Yesterday’s show put on by the city’s circus community and some amazing art directors, was probably the best I’ve ever seen in my life – the way they transformed the city’s most well-know square (Place du Capitol) into a stage, where the actors were on the outside, and audience on the inside, parades with people walking on stilts, juggling all sorts of things, kids riding on unicycles, a crowd of performers marching with balloons the size of a WV beetle (or even bigger), and some other things that are just simply too incredible to explain in words. In one of the towers erected on the periphery of the square, an amazing DJ filled the city with booming music to which the thousands of spectators pretty much had the coolest dance party. Not to mention the fireworks, naked people covered in paint (females as well as males), huge, three story high wheels of rainbow colors, dude on top a pole, mastering 6 hoola-hoops at once.
This event made me think ever more: I will miss this city and all the fresh ideas they come up with, all the young, open minds, creativity, visual awesomeness, and the fact that one absolutely does not need a car to survive.