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
Photos : google image

Ayu P.//SMC editor

Container B&B Completes Your Dream Vacation in Spain!

If you’re planning a vacation in Majorca, this is the place where you want to lodge! Located 10 minutes from the capital Palma, there is a luxurious bed and breakfast facility that is made out of three shipping containers.

The “Fly House” B&B has basically everything that everybody wants from their holiday accommodation. It has a modern open planned living area with full kitchen,  living room and a rooftop bedroom.  The Fly House is also  equipped with high-speed Internet and cable TV.

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This holiday bungalow also has an outdoor deck with a swimming pool and a BBQ dining area. The outdoor facility has also a private Japanese garden and a hammock for relaxation.

Even though its space is very limited, the room feels really spacious. Its spiral staircase saves a lot of space. Also its shelves and sofa can can be closed and opened with a push of a button for extra space.

This container complex was prefabricated off-site and plunked with the least amount of energy, waste and cost. Thanks to shipping containers, this facility can be easily expanded and transferred to a different location. Its solar panels enable energy efficient and low-cost electricity usage. Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the room with natural light. Rainwater is harvested by gutters and reused for outdoor plants.

The Fly House designer company Espai Fly would like to see their container housing business expanding from hotels to also cafes, retail outlets and even private homes.

 

Shipping containers seem to be the superior material for creating affordable real-estate that is both luxurious and affordable. For instance this private bungalow costs only about 110 US dollars a day. You can check the current prices and book from here.

While container architecture is going mainstream, Shanghai Metal Corporation continues in fulfilling shipping container orders from around the globe. If you wish to order this superior material, please send us an inquiry. You may also visit our container house page. Follow us also in these social media platforms.

    

Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Sources: ArchitizerdesignboomEspai Fly

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Galactic Prefab Offers Vacations in Space

Space tourism is an extreme form of travelling that has been experienced by only a few people. Due to the high prices of such service providers as Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic, only the wealthiest can spend a vacation in space. A Russian space pod design company Orbital Technologies is trying to take space tourism more mainstream.

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An article on Wikipedia has gathered a list of all of the world’s eight space tourists. The lists also showed that in order to get to space, those people spent US 20 to 40 million. Orbital Technologies’ service is much more cheaper.

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A Soyuz rocket will take you to a two day voyage in space with about $US 826,000. Five nights weight in $US 165,000. With that price passengers can stay in a comfortable solar-powered Commercial Space Station (CSS) orbiting the Earth within a 217 mile radius. The passengers can view the cosmos through portholes.

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The price includes luxury gourmet meals that are prepared on Earth. Unfortunately alcohol is not allowed in the space flight. The passengers can use an air-flush toilet and take shower in a fully sealed water cubicle. They sleep vertically or horizontally in zippered sleeping bags that prevent them flying around in zero gravity.

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The galactic prefab is also used as pod for scientific research during off-seasons. It is also used as an emergency stations for space crafts that get into trouble in space.

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One interesting fact about space tourism is that it slows down aging but just a little bit. According to a theory of time dilation, say, a six month trip to space slows down aging by 0.007 seconds. Thereby arithmetically speaking, a five day voyage in a space hub would slow down aging by 0.002 seconds.

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Space pod is a futuristic application of prefabricated building. For many years people have built prefab homes, hotels and hospitals etc. Shanghai Metal Corporation is also a provider of prefabricated building projects. To learn more about our projects, please visit our website. Please also look at our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram profiles. If you liked this blog, please feel free to share it.

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Pictures and original articles: Inhabitat, Designboom, How Stuff Works?, Wikipedia, Tuvie.com

The Antarctican Training Programme – Could You Make It?

If you’ve got $4,500 spare and a taste for life threatening danger, then Antarctica is for you. 

The coldest station is Halley with a winter temperature of around −50°C and a summer temperature of −10°C. The freezer in your kitchen is at about -22 degrees Celsius (-7.6 degrees Fahrenheit) despite the fact the outside temperature is more like 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The freezer follows a cycle where it compresses the coolant, releases the heat to the back coils and pumps the colder coolant inside the freezer. So technically, during your midnight snack you endured similar temperatures than in the south pole….sort of.

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Surprisingly, at its peak Antarctican tourism saw just under 50,000 visitors per year, mostly passing cruise ships but some sleep on the ice.  So how do people prepare for the trip?

Rachel Andrews, 41, is using the cold storage vehicle to help her acclimatise to temperatures as low as -58F (-50C) in the Antarctic. The adventurer is using the back of Moby Nicks’ frozen fish van, a local company in her home town of Plymouth, to experience the sub-zero temperatures.

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Some winter sportman have come up with innovative means of preparing for the race in addition to training on sand to simulate snow. The videos below from Spanish and French national television stations show athletes training in a giant industrial freezer.

Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel plate for freezers as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of metal products.

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