Archive for October, 2019

Happy Peace of Westphalia Day!

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Today is the 371st anniversary of the signing. I celebrate every year with a Mazarin cake. I have no evidence that the Cardinal is associated with the cake, but it seems likely; and, besides, I can’t think of a more appropriate dessert to make. (Traditional Wespthalia foods like pumpernickel, ham, and blood sausage are not on the menu.)

I use the recipe here, modified by using a pre-made graham cracker crust instead of the shortbread crust it calls for. It’s a lot simpler, and it tastes a lot better. I also strongly recommend whipped cream on top.

Mazarin Cake

The Peace of Westphalia in 5 Minutes

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

I thought the world could use a good, 5-minute overview of the Peace of Westphalia, so I created this video. (For a text summary, go to the Welcome page on the menu to the right.)