Fruity sponge cake, very low calorie & fat

Diet fruity sponge cake

Diet fruity sponge cake

This is a recipe of a very low in calories and fat sponge cake. I will have approximately 240 KCal/100g or 120 KCal per decent portion. It is an adaptation of the recipe I found at bbc good food web site. The cake does not have any fat at all and uses a light sweetener (red canderel) instead of sugar. It also has very little flour. It is very easy to make, about 20 minutes relaxed preparation and 20 to 30 minutes baking.

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Making maven release plugin on windows with git, gpg and github to work


If you already spent time looking for answers you may want to skip the background. The very quick answer is to use the following combination:

  • Official windows Git configured to use plink
  • plink.exe, puttygen.exe and pageant.exe from here
  • GnuPG for windows, the minimal installation would do
  • Standard windows command prompt, not git bash not cygwin shell

The long story

I recently tried to release “properly” an old open source project of mine at the sonatype open source maven repository mostly to learn how to do a complete maven managed project. The particular project was a good use case, a small multiple module project with two modules, one module the library and one a web demo (war packaging).

The  past two months I am using windows (linux user on gaming period!) and I found out that the combination of maven release plugin, git managed project, gnupg to sign the jars is almost like a catch 22 for windows users with errors about paths, invisible passphrase prompts and hangs. Also it is surprising how little information is out there and how none of the solutions solved the problem so I decided to write this small guide.


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Eclipse on linux using smaller (or larger) fonts in all views

Eclipse on linux uses fonts and sizes defined by the GTK theme fonts. While it is fairly easy to change the editor fonts, it is not possible to do it for the views like the project explorer and the rest of the user interface. I found a brilliant article at the Daniel Ferbers Technical Tavern that explains how to run eclipse in its own theme settings and thus control exactly how it looks. And the trick is very easy to do too. The original article with all the details and other options is this: “Smaller font sizes for Eclipse on Linux“. I posted a summary for my own reference.

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Tzatziki (Τζατζίκι)

  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • dill
  • parsley
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Wash and grate the cucumber onto a large bowl. Use a clean kitchen (fabric) towel to squeeze the water out of the grated cucumber, getting it as dry as possible. Grate/grind the garlic cloves and mix in. Chop a generous portion of dill and parsley and add onto the main mixture. Add in 250g of Greek yoghurt, or a little less/more just to make it of a nice dip consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste, and also 1 tbsp of white wine and 1tsp of lemon juice. Mix well and serve with grilled meat or grilled veggie.

Salmon & vegetables in baking parchment

(Σολομός στη Λαδόκολλα)

  • 2 large salmon fillets
  • 2 small red peppers
  • 1 bunch (250g) of asparagus
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • spring onions (c. 4)
  • 250g tomatoes
  • 80g gruyère cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Chop all the vegetables in small bits, onto a bowl. Grease 2 sheets of baking parchment with the olive oil, and add one salmon fillet inside each. Split the vegetables into two even portions, and cover the salmon fillets. Add salt & pepper. Wrap each of these ‘parcels’ and close (not too tightly) with a couple of toothpicks. Put them in an oven tray and bake in 200C until tender, i.e. for about 30-40min.



Traditional recipe for Greek meatballs coming from my grand mother but probably now a bit different than the original.


Traditionally meatballs are shallow or deep fried. But a few months ago I grilled them on a raclette and I was surprised that they tasted even better. Since them I always grill them and the best way is to charcoal them!

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