can you believe i actually just went spinning, as in, riding a creepy bike at insane speed, indoors? no, not strange at all. turns out everybody does it. half of zurich was in that ugly gym! and i was always wondering what people do! well, obviously they just like to torture themselves on steely things in too cool but smelly rooms together with seven thousand other maniacs who are sweaty and make moaning noises. it's disgusting, to say the least. but... somehow, it was pure fun. the loud music, the crazy instructor, yelling at us. and the crazy 'another hiiiiiiiiillll' announcement, when in fact the bike (that isn't a bike) doesn't even move. we're a strange generation. but, i'm willing to admit, it was exhausting, it was efficient, it was fun. yeah, it was good. i actually like cycling indoors. ha! maybe i'm going to be the next indoor cycling champion. great fun! i might actually have to buy a cycling costume, you know, those super tight things...? i'm thinking pink?
chocolate raspberry cake in a jar
adapted from liebesbotschaft
200 g fresh raspberries
200 g butter
150 g sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
120 g flour
30 g cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
75 g corn starch
100 g dark chocolate drops (or dark chocolate finely chopped)
some vegetable oil for greasing
6 small sealable jars
with a paper towel, grease the cleaned jars with a little oil. with a mixer, cream the butter, sugar and lemon juice. add one egg at a time, then flour, baking powder and corn starch. fold in the raspberries and chocolate drops and fill into the jars (about half full). bake in the preheated oven at 150 degrees celsius / 300 fahrenheit for 35 minutes. sterilize the canning rings in boiling hot water for about two minutes. as soon as the cakes are out of the oven, close the lids with the rings on. when closed immediately, the cake can be stored in the fridge for (i guess) up to one week (though some sources say it stays good longer). ideal companion for a picnic or other outdoorsy occasions. share one, share a spoon!