Summer Cakes from The Hearth and Soul Hop

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, a blog hop for recipes using healthy ingredients, family and comfort food recipes, articles about healthy living, real, local and sustainable food, foraging, herbal remedies, organics and gardening. As much as possible, recipes should be homemade from scratch.

It’s been a very eventful week and I apologise for the lack of posts shared! For the first time in all my years of travelling I was mugged by thieves on a scooter (mini motorbike) in Amsterdam. They bumped me with the scooter and got hold of my handbag, wrenching it from my grasp as they sped away. Apparently they also steal headphones in a similar way, pulling them off people’s heads as they drive past. This sounds much more painful than what I experienced! My reason for sharing is to encourage dialogue. I’m told by the police that this is a relatively new modus operandi but it is becoming absolutely rampant in Europe. The more people know about it, the less thieves will be successful.

I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported and encouraged me over the last few days. I really have been blessed by so much kindness.

But back to the Hop! It’s always hard to choose features from the wonderful posts that are shared. This week I was seduced by three cakes – one nutty and two fruity!

The Hearth and Soul HopWalnut Coffee Cake from Chaya at Bizzy Bakes

The Hearth and Soul Hop Pflaumenkuchen from Joanne at What’s on the List

The Hearth and Soul HopStrawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake from Pure Grace Farms

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1281 great articles for us.

April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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  1. Oh, April I’m sorry about your purse. It’s bad enough to have it stolen, but for it to happen while travelling is even worse. Hope things are getting back to normal for you.

    Thank you for the party!

    • Thank you so much, Michelle. It’s been really disruptive and we’ve had to change some things around but hopefully things are starting to come together 🙂 Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

  2. The strawberry rhubarb upside down cake sounds tempting!

  3. As long as you stay safe and sound, that is most important. My hb and I also had terrible similar encounters in Amsterdam. No kidding. I cannot exactly remember what had happened as it was many years ago. It was like a pair who faked themselves as police, stopped us in some alley, asked to see our passport/identity and ask if we carried foreign currency/cash in our wallet. When they realized there was none, we were “spared”. It is not as mild as I have described here but that really left me a really bad impression of Amsterdam, and it was really a terrifying encounter. Was just glad we came out of that trip, alive.

    • I’m so sorry you had a bad experience as well. I have been hearing quite a few scary things about Amsterdam since I got back. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  4. Oh, April, I’m so sorry that happened to you. My ex and I got robbed at Naples railway station several years ago, and I know what an awful and unnerving experience it is to robbed in a foreign country.

    On a brighter note, I’ve linked my Chocolate & Beetroot Cake. Thanks for stopping by and suggesting I join in – has made me realise that it’s ages since I’ve done that. I’ll try to be less of a stranger in future 🙂

    • I’m so sorry it happened to you as well, Sue! Thank you for sharing your Chocolate & Beetroot Cake. Once things settle down I really want to give it a try. I’m so glad you are back with us at Hearth and Soul 🙂

  5. Diane Balch says:

    Oh April,
    I was mugged in NYC years ago… it is a horrible thing to go through. You feel so violated. I’m so glad you didn’t get physically hurt. Take care.

  6. Good Morning!
    It’s my first time at your hop and I posted an article about kids cereals (not a recipe). I hope that’s ok. See ya next week!

  7. April and crew…thanks for hosting a hop dedicated to real food. Have a great week!

  8. I’m loving your party! Thanks for hosting. Please come and show off at our party. We would love to have you!
    Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

    • My pleasure, Kimberly. I’m sorry I haven’t got round to sharing at your party yet – I really do want to join in but it’s been chaos these last few weeks, and especially since the mugging last Tuesday. Once things settle down I will definitely join in – please do keep reminding me 🙂

  9. Hi April

    Hope you’re feeling a little happier now!! The exact same thing happened to my eldest near his home in London. Once he had replaced everything exactly as it was, he was able to get over it. My father was walking in Amsterdam on the first day of his holiday and someone came up with a “ghetto blaster” and swiped it across his face – he looked dreadful. Fortunately he wasn’t too badly hurt (he was in his 70s though). Hence – I’m not going there – ever!

    Take care


    • Oh my goodness your poor eldest and especially your poor Dad! I’m so sorry to hear those things happened, Vicky! I’m not planning on going back to Amsterdam ever again either, that is for sure. I’m slowly feeling a bit better although I’m desperate for my new passport to arrive as we have travel plans. Take care and thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

  10. Ugh! That must have been terrible! I’m glad you’re okay, though!
    I am proud (okay, giddy and jumping up and down excited) to share “Food Rules from a Fourth Grader” with you today because it was written almost entirely by MY fourth grader! 🙂
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~ Christine

  11. Thanks for featuring my Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake at the Hearth and Soul link up. I feel honored. I appreciate all the hard work you do in hosting. Blessings…Shari

  12. April,
    First of all, I’m glad you are OK but I’m sorry to hear about your experience in Amsterdam. Those types of things can really sour a vacation. I hope you were able to enjoy what was left of your time there.

    • Thank you, Mireya. Unfortunately the rest of the time there was taken up with trying to get travel documents so I could return home and sorting everything else out. But all is well now. It certainly was an experience! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.


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