Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meyer Lemon Cake-Off: Lemon Cranberry Cake

Meyer lemons are here, and I made two very different cake recipes, neither healthy, each vying for the higher butter quotient. They were both tasty, but I definitely have a favorite. Here is the first in my two part series of the 'cake-off'–this one a meyer lemon cake with cranberries. I love having bites of soft, tart fruit mixed in to my dense buttery cakes, so that was a plus for me. And, I can say from experience, this goes well after an incredibly rich meal and also has been known to soften the blow after a loss by your home football team (and comfort the stomach's of grieving fans - RIP 49ers' season).

P.S. This is supposed to be a bundt cake, but I only have one type of pan so all of my "bundt" cakes become loaf cakes! What's in a shape?

The lovely letterpress recipe card can be purchased on Etsy from E Becker - a local of SF. Click here if you would like to buy some for yourself.
This recipe is courtesy of the Food Network kitchen and can be found in its entirety here.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Baingan Bharta

Happy New Year.
I had a relaxing holiday and a busy return to work, and have finally managed to get my first post of 2012 ready to go. It has been unseasonably warm in the city, but it still gets cool at night - leading to my craving for some spicy Indian food. 

Normally, I don't bother making Indian food because I get frustrated by how much better take out is . . . BUT, in an effort to challenge myself, I decided to make Baingan Bharta (Eggplant with Onions) and Butter Chicken - I think I added enough spice and heat to make them taste relatively authentic and pretty darn delicious. See below for my recipe and attempt at Baingan Bharta.

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