Archive for November, 2010

Devils Food Forum

November 11, 2010

When we celebrated Thijs’ last day in the office, Kirsten and Barbara prepared him a surprise: Devil’s Food Forum, a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake. Here is the recipe:



1000 gr cream
800 gr dark chocolate
300 gr butter
800 gr raspberries


200 gr dark chocolate
8 Ts honey
400 gr butter
400 gr sugar
4 egg
320 gr flour
16 Tbls cacao

For the icing:

Boil the cream, stir in the roughly chopped dark chocolate and butter, let the mixture cool down.

For the batter:

Preheat the oven on 180 degrees. Chop the chocolate, boil 50ml water and the honey, remove from fire, stir in  the chocolate until melted. Beat the butter together with the sugar until white and creamy. Separate the egg and add the egg yolk to the butter-sugar-mixture. Mix in the liquid chocolate. In a bowl mix together the flour, cacao and baking powder and sift it into the butter chocolate mix. Beat the egg white until stiff and fold it into the batter. Cover 2 baking trays with grease prove paper and spread the batter over it. Let it bake for 45 minutes.

Let it cool on a grill. Cut the shape of the building out of paper and use it as a template to cut the cake. Repeat for the second layer. For the icing whip the cooled down chocolate cream mix until light brown and fluffy. Spread some of the icing on the first layer of cake, put the raspberries on top. Add the second layer of cake and end up with another layer of chocolate cream. Cover the edges with the rest of the cream. Let it cool down in the fridge for 2 hours.

muji cushion: memory foam

November 9, 2010

NL’s got Talent

November 6, 2010

After being selected as finalist in this year’s Prix de Rome Thijs considered it the right time to spread his wings. We managed to keep him in the office for some time longer but now finally we had to let him go… Hoi Tin and Karaoke

Fine tradition: architect Carel Weeber is known for always ordering number 143 in Chinese restaurants. No matter in which restaurant…

Chin. Rest.: Michael takes the inscription on the chopsticks literally. And it works.

Cut the Cake: the recipe of Kirsten and Barbara for this special Groninger Forum cake will follow soon on this BLOG.

Thijs received the traditional customized NL T-Shirt: a see thru Groninger Forum atrium.

During the last few months Thijs developed a sixpack.

For all his years of dedication Thijs received a Golden model of the Love Slide

Thijs can of course always consider a career in showbiz

The Karaoke menu looks similar to Chin Rest menu, so all together now; let’s sing number 143…

Michael and Bobby: a crossoverzaal duet

Día de los Muertos

November 1, 2010

On Designboom we stumbled upon the design of a headstone by Swedish designer Johan Kauppi. A beautiful idea. It resembles a tombstone we did some time ago. And today seems an appropriate moment to commemorate…

How to hand in a competition?

November 1, 2010

Shui’s systematic sketch explaining to his friend in Taiwan how she could help with handing in a competition.