Exploring the Christmas Cakes from Different Countries

The wonderful Christmas festival is approaching and we’re all excited to get our Christmas presents, to spend quality time with our family and…to stuff ourself with calories of delicious Christmas desserts. We can find dozens of lovely Christmas cakes across the countries, each with its own ingredients, decoration and color. Have you already decided of the Christmas cake that you would like to make for your family or friends ? Let’s find out what people around the world eat during this celebration.

France : Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

Most of the time, this dessert is covered with chocolate buttercream, but we can also find other variations, such as ganache and espresso or other flavored frostings and fillings.

Germany : Weihnachstsstollen

This cake usually contains dried fruit, nuts, spices and covered with sugar. It has a long history since the 15th Century. It was at first a tasteless cake made with flour, yeast, oil and water. Since then it has gotten sweeter !

United Kingdom: Christmas Cake

Christmas cake in the UK is made months before the holiday. By wrapping the cake like a present, plus the amount of alcohol it has absorbed, the cake lasts a very long time. The Christmas cake is not only eat during Christmas dinner but is also enjoyed at tea time or for snacks during the holidays.

Scottland : Whisky Dundee

This famous Scottish cake has a rich flavor. This cake distance itself from fruit cake by featuring glazed pecans as the topping instead of marzipan and has less fruits. A popular story is that Mary Queen of Scots did not like glace cherries in her cakes, so the cake was first made for her, as a fruit cake that used blanched almonds and not cherries

Iceland : Vinetarta

This  cake consists of cookie-like layers held together by prune filling. It is the center of all Icelandic Christmas festivities.

Poland : Piernik

Poland’s anhcient Christmas cake has a unique taste, having a mix of ginger and chocolate.

Japan : Kurisumasu Keki

In Japan, Christmas cakes are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. There was a time where this term was used to called women who were unmarried after the age of 25, describing them as “unsold”.

Philippines : Bibingka

This is a type of rice cake from the Philippines traditionally eaten during the Christmas season. It has an interesting aroma of toasted banana leaves.

India : Allahabadi Cake

This traditional Indian rum fruit cake originates from the city of Allahabad, known for its baking tradition and business.

To help you make a wonderful Christmas cakes, Shanghai Metal Corporation can provide you with the best cooking materials. We have silicone molds for example and we are professional in manufacturing metal materials for any activities. If you need any specific requirements for further information, feel free to contact us. Our English speaking staff will be very glad to help you find the most suitable product for you. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to discover our other products.

    

Sources : wikipedia, foodrepublic, chickensoup, gouk.about
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Ayu P.//SMC editor

Crazy Ideas for Christmas Trees

December has officially started and we are a step closer to one of the calmest and most magic holidays of the year. Everywhere you go you can hear Christmas carols, you have the feeling that people are nicer than usually, they help each other more. Even despite all that stress related to shopping for Christmas gifts for your family and friends you have joy and happiness in your heart.

Christmas tree is a must during this holiday time. People have been trying to be more creative every year, change the colour of decorations, decorate it with handmade Christmas decorations, use unusual tree lights. But! Is there any reason why to chop down a tree just for few Christmas days when there is plenty of materials around us?  Christmas trees can be made out of unique recycled or recyclable material that can look more awesome than a regular one. Although most of them is hard to insert into your house, but worth it to see and you can get some inspiration for your city.

  • Mirrored Christmas tree
Merry Tree
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  • LED Christmas tree

LED Tree
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  • Bike Christmas tree
Teddy Bear Tree
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  • Mobile phone Christmas tree

 

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  • Hubcaps Christmas tree
Hubcap Tree
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  • Steel Christmas tree
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  • Illuminated building Christmas tree
Building Tree
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Traffic Light Tree
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Every Christmas tree has a steel tree stand and Shanghai Metal Corporation as a leading manufacturer of metals in China can provide for you high-quality steel, carbon steel strip or galvanized steel used in many applications. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will help you to find the most suitable product for you. Download a new application by scanning QR code below and follow us on Social Media platforms to learn more about us.

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Silvia M.//SMC Editor

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Credits : hongkiat.com, inhabitat.com, googleimages

 

 

 

 

The Solution for Overcrowded Prisons – Container Jails

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Shipping containers are made to be durable. Because of their strength they are also an ideal building material that can be used to build safe homes. Actually, the safety level of shipping containers is so high that they can be used also to build prisons.

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In Australia’s Victoria, the local government is establishing a prison system made out of containers. The plan is to set up 50 containers for a hundred prisoners until Christmas. Victoria is an area of overcrowded prisons, and therefore containers bring an excellent solution for the problem. Australia is also planning to apply the same solution in other areas as well.

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Victoria’s prisons are meant for medium-security prisoners. The next question could be, taken the fact that shipping containers are as they are, how can one increase their security level? Modifying the prisons environment would be the only option. Setting up an Alcatraz style prison in the middle of an area of water area would work.  That is actually something that can be implemented with containers.

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The idea of floating container recreation centers is being implemented in Europe. The city of London is planning to construct a village of shipping containers on the River Thames. The 15-acre site would have 50 homes, cafes, bars and restaurants. They have also implemented some smaller scale projects in the Netherlands.

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Whether it is container apartments or just tools for shipping goods, Shanghai Metal Corporation can offer the solution. We sell premium shipping containers that can be used according to clients’ preferences. To know more about our containers, please visit our website. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Try also downloading our mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles: Rawlinsons.co.nz, Sourceable.net, Theage.com.au, Abc.net.au, Asiapacific.anu.edu.au, Greenbiz.com, Daily Mail, Odt.co.nz