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Fig and Molasses Cake

March 6, 2016
fig cake flat lay

Saturday mornings are never better than when you get to the market and everything you need is there. You have a list, you get all the things on the list (plus breakfast) and then you head home to whip up what you bought into something great for the afternoon. This Saturday was one of those days and there were figs!! The somewhat elusive fruit has only a very short season and every year I vow to get involved. So far however figs and me and have never become good friends. This has all changed now though.

fig cake sustenanceFig week could even become 2 weeks with the amount of recipes they’re good for.Β Don’t be surprised if theyΒ make a guest appearance at some point – maybe during beetroot week?

fig cake cutThis cake – adapted slightly from Jordon Rondel’sΒ second book ‘The Caker – Wholesome Cakes, Cookies and Desserts’ – is a perfect introduction to fresh figs. It’s sweet, moist and you get big pieces of fresh fig dotted throughout; you get a real taste of them. The cake was great for afternoon tea and isn’t too heavy in this hot weather. The buckwheat flour gives an earthy taste but it isn’t overpowering which I love. Using honey and just a touch of muscovado for sweetness the cake isn’t overwhelmingly sugary either (breakfast anyone?). Overall it’s a great balance and one of those cakes you could make any day, not just for celebrations. Keep reading for the recipe πŸ™‚ Continue Reading

Autumn

Tomatoes on Toast

February 28, 2016
tomato toast featured

We welcome Autumn to New Zealand on Tuesday. Many i’ve spoken to are less enthusiastic than me when I remind them of this but I think it is my favourite season. The days are still warm but the nights get chilly, inspiring an extra layer or two and you might actually feel like eating something warm and comforting again. There is still plenty of produce around and still light in the evenings to prepare it in. Bliss.

tomato toast 2This morning I woke up to find the rain from the night before had disappeared and got up to get to the markets at a decent time. By 10am I was back home – breakfast ready and back in bed. I am a huge fan of breakfast in bed. Today’s choice was buttery wholemeal toast with boiled eggs and heirloom cherry tomatoes. I’ve been seeing so many market haul photos featuring delicious tomatoes and had to get some of my own. These were sweet, fresh, colourful and totally worth the (kind of) early wake up – oh and did I mention it took me all of 10 minuted to get ready. Perfect! Read on for the recipe.

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