Heaven on earth! Finnish summer cottage Part2-Lemon Chocolate pound cake

After a great holiday in Vienna, was on vacation hang-over for almost week, the reason for late part2. Coming back to summer cottage, yes this time we were again on the lake side, but weather Goddess was in bad mood, we had gray clouds and showers! We spent evening indoors. Sitting in front of large window we could see whole lake thro’ trees. Trust me I could sit hours staring. Sometime silence are best for humans, I had time for introspection, clearing my wandering thoughts finally some peace. within few hours I felt like my mind was devoid of thoughts, which is very rare. God heaven, felt light relaxed and happy.
                                                                          Curtain in my room
                                                       Papaya salad and fresh super spicy red chilies
                                                                                   Yea tall trees
                                                                                    Still water
For dinner Somjai cooked wonderful Thai food, shame on me I forgot the name, but it was super delicious and extra spicy. Cold outside and warm, spicy food, num num. One another fact I loved was my room. I had my room on the first floor, close to the roof, which was tapering down, so it was like a little princess room. that was enough to make me even more special. After all good food, walk outside and few mins on the lake side peer, I had best sleep of the year. Next day morning for breakfast we enjoyed my pound cake, it was refreshing, flavor from lemon,  hmmm yum! Each of us decided to do our own things, photo-shoot, walk on the endless rood, still water, rock and talk tree, spoke millions. It was truly an experience in life.
For lunch again Somjai cooked papaya salad with sticky rice and my mint chicken, wonderful. We slept again then it was smoke sauna time, we girls giggled had fun. Finally next day there was some warm sun, before we left the place. So got to see the blue sky and lake looked gorgeous, Technically I can go endlessly when sun was shining I sat on the peer with ipod, wish I could go once in a month to get recharged……..But, and but always remains in Life :)
                                                                                Endless road
                                                                         Finally some blue sky
                                                                 Was totally in love with lemon zest
                                                                I got lucky feather in egg box
Don’t they look gorgeous?

Perfect with tea!


125 gram butter
180 gram flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large eggs separated
185 gram sugar
1 table spoon of cognac or brandy or rum
1 1/2 – 2 tsp grated lemon zest
50-75 grams of choco chips according to your taste


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Sift  the flour along with the baking powder and a  pinch of salt. Whip the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat sugar until fluffy.  Beat in the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored and then add the  Cognac and zest. Gradually fold the sifted flour mixture into the butter-egg  mixture. Fold in the beaten egg whites just until the batter is  smooth. Now add in chocolate chips and mix till they are uniformly mixed Pour batter into the  prepared pan and bake in the oven for 35 to  45 minutes or until a toothpick pierced in the center comes up clean.


  1. divya says:

    Ananda as usual your foodograpy(both food and photgraphs ) are perfect…will definetly try this one but without the eggs.Your photographs are extraordinary…………

  2. Cool Lassi(e) says:

    This is the first time I am visiting your space. I am planning on making myself at home here. Love all the clicks of roses not to mention the num-nums.

  3. MaryMoh says:

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful cake. Lovely to know you had a great vacation. It’s wonderful to know you have all the amazing surrounding sceneries to bring your feet down to earth 😀 Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Mary

  4. Parita says:

    Hey Ananda, love the pictures, they are gorgeous! so finland and researcher..you seem to be multi talented :) Hows your experience living in Finland?

  5. Radhika says:

    Hey Ananda, I am so glad I blog hopped to your space. You have a beautiful beautiful blog and love your recipes. Hope you had a great vacation. I love the curtain pic definitely an outstanding composition. Will catch up with you soon. Happy Cooking n Happy Blogging :)

  6. Prerna@IndianSimmer says:

    Hey Ananda,
    Thankyou so much for visiting my blog not only for your kind words but also for introducing me to your blog. I’m sooo loving it in here! You have a beautiful space and let me tell you that I’m so jealous of you for getting to stay in that princess style room :-)
    Looking forward to many more recipes and stories from you!

  7. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    @Divya Thank you darling! do try i still remember the promise of egg-less cake :)

    @CL How sweet, am enjoy ur blog space too dear!

    @Nisha thanks Oh yes i fell inn love with it:)

    @Suman Singh AM really taking pains to learn thai food now soon you shall see thanks :)

    @Padu Thanks me too :)

    @Umm Mymoonh Thanks am enjoying ur blog too :)

    @Malar Thanks :)

    @Mary Thanks mary, I feel blessed to be in this heavenly place :)

    @Sanchita Thank you dear come to Finland shall take you with and bake you the cake :)

    @simply.food Thank, shall try my best to participate :)

    @TREAT AND TRICK Thank you :)

    @Parita thanks ha ha its something like jack of all trades and master of non lol so far good am enjoying with lots of new experiences :)

    @Catherine ohhh thank you darling! so sweet of you! 😀

    @Sarah Naveen Thanks 😀

    @Radhika Glad to have found ur blog too, thanks a lot…it was a great holiday! yes we shall :)

    @Prerna How sweet of you…hehe and i proud and happy about it 😀

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