Writing about some of my favourite cake recipes at the end of every April has become a sort of tradition here on C&T. It’s my birthday later on in the week so it’s kind of themed, at least for me! It started a few month after the birth of this blog, when people started asking me about the cake or cakes (because yes, there were times when I made more than one) I usually make for the day. I try to vary as much as possible, but I can happily say that more often than not there’s always a copious amount of chocolate involved.
So I promised you a second cake recipe today and I wasn’t going to back down. A promise is a promise. I confess that it wasn’t a difficult task for me, especially this week. I’ll be having a break for my birthday this weekend and as per tradition I am baking a double treat: two cakes or any two sweet other things for that matter. Forget the pitiful attempt at making this sponge way back when I was still new at this blogging thing. This is the recipe you want, and which I will repeat tomorrow.
So lately I have been reading a number of food and travel books. It’s my new thing. There are times when a recipe book just doesn’t cut it, meaning that you need stories or real-life events behind the food. To me at least, memories make the foodie world that tiny bit extra special. I tend to buy books by the bucket load (this blog is *such a good excuse*) and when I travel I tend to read a lot more. No distractions on the plane, except of course when you have a drunk crazy lady sitting next to you, ranting to the cabin crew about changing her seat because she doesn’t want to sit next to her husband…or when they spill boiling hot tea all over your trousers…yay. Fun. And I don’t sleep much, so I read.
Some time ago I read Amore and Amaretti by Victoria Cosford. I liked it in my first read-through. It was good though I kept it mainly for the recipes. How could I give away a book with Italian food in it? Inconceivable. A real gem I think is Elizabeth Bard’s Lunch in Paris. Loved the whole thing – her writing, the recipes – everything. I think it will feature in a future post, so I’ll leave it here for the time being.
The one I just finished is Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay. I was browsing the shops before a flight, feeling hot and bothered after passing through security (they almost undress you these days but anyhow), in a hurry. I just grabbed the first book I saw with an attractive cover, paid for it and rushed off to the gate. In case I didn’t tell you yet, that’s totally wrong when it comes to purchasing books, so please don’t do that. I’m so bad I know; I’m ashamed in fact. I liked Falling in Honey – it’s a good read. Missing the Sun in Surrey (almost sounds like a book title right there) makes the book more enjoyable. The book is home to only four recipes at the back, which is a bit of a disappointment, but hey, I can live with that. I will definitely give them a try.
I don’t know much about Greek food but J tells me it is delicious. Nothing fancy, exactly how I like things to be and tasty. I do have a Greek recipe book back home in storage; it’s not here with me and I could kick myself for that. However I figured that if the lovely J would tell me about what he ate in Greece I could come up with some very simple Greek-inspired food at home. J doesn’t say much, bless him; he prefers eating. To be honest I didn’t break new ground with the following concoction but I don’t care. I love the following salad. It’s fresh, refreshing and it reminds me of the Mediterranean sunshine that we lack so much of right here. It’s summer on a plate. I chop everything in cubes. If you want the make this like they do it on those beautiful islands, simply slice the tomatoes and cucumbers, and add a sliced red onion. Also you could include sliced green peppers, which to be honest I don’t like much. Serves 2 in a mezé.
- 1-2 cucumbers, weighing about 400g in total, peeled and chopped
- 100g feta, cubed
- 250g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 40g kalamata olives
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 tablespoons, and some, good extra virgin olive oil
- Mint (fresh is better than dried if you have it, oregano and dill will also work well, and sometimes I also use thyme)
All you do is mix everything well in a bowl and have a little taste. Add seasoning if you think you need it. Eat. It. Now. Or take it with you on a picnic. That’s what we did. Enjoy! R xx
“I am so busy, I don’t have time to cook.” I have been the first to admit to that, especially after a long and stressful day. And guess what? It’s OK. (We all have been through it.) As long as we don’t order takeaways everyday!
Listen up. Cooking can be a joy, so let’s support Jamie Oliver and Food Revolution on May 17. Cook with your friends and family. Anything. Recreate your favourite recipe or bake something completely new to you. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Simple is good. The most important thing is to enjoy the food and the company. Be aware of what you eat and where your ingredients are coming from. Spread the word and your love of cooking. Don’t be too bossy though!
Cook it! Share it! Live it!
James Ramsden’s article on The Guardian on Tuesday was pretty interesting, and the topic also made it on BBC Breakfast. Items range from the basic napkin to toilet flushers! One of the obvious questions would be: what exactly are you going to do with a toilet flusher? Fixing your loo at home I guess! Apparently people tweet about stealing stuff too. Amazing. This can go under #notonlyinMalta on Twitter. If you’re interested, you can find the article here. To read Jamie’s interview to the Radio Times click here.