Wow, hello to whoever checks this out!
What are my updates? Firstly I hope my "cooking block" will stop and that I'll be able to share more stuff here. Well I do have a few recipes to share, and I can't wait to do so because I feel some of you did wonder if I'll ever post anything here or not.
Another update is that now I have an online identity, as you can see - points to the "author's name" and I hope that one day [in the next 5 years?] I will have a book published under this name. It's a pen-name but I feel it represents me well [I feel no connection to my ID name, sorry parents]. The book I want to publish will be a collection of short stories - horror and fictional? is that what they're called? - that I'm yet to write. :P
I think you want the recipe more than anything, right? I wish there was a spoiler function for the other part.
marble poundcake with poppy seeds
This recipe is rather good for Christmas [or New Years] dinner [or lunch], so it came just in time. I have to warn you that I didn't follow any recipe this time, so you can refer to this one for specific instructions and more pictures.
I will however tell you the [approximate] quantities:
- 2 eggs
- 2 full table spoons of yoghurt [I used one with 1.5% fat content. Can be replaced with any fat percentage yoghurt, and even better, sour milk. ;) ]
- 300 grams sugar [measured]
- regular cooking oil [1 table spoon? I didn't measure it]
- 10 grams of baking powder [most of baking powder in Romania comes in packets of 10 grams]
- some orange essence [just because I didn't have vanilla essence. I didn't measure how much I used]
- all purpose flour [not measured; enough to give the right consistency to the dough]
- poppy seeds [I didn't measure, maybe 10 grams? a teaspoon? It's a very popular ingredient in Romania.]
- cocoa powder, unsweetened [maybe 2 teaspoons?]
Preheat the oven. This is a step you can't skip, especially when cooking with gas.
This time, unlike other times, I just poured everything together in the bowl - except the flour, cocoa, and the poppy seeds. I mixed for some 20 seconds. I looked at the hour on my wrist watch for this one. ;)
Then I added in the poppy and the flour and mixed well. I prepared my round tray - maybe some 25 cm in diameter? and poured most of the dough in it. I saved maybe some 4 or 5 spoons in the bowl and added the cocoa powder.
I added the cocoa dough on top, trying to make some design - but you can't really see it since I didn't take pictures this time. I baked the cake for 45 minutes - 35 to 40 minutes would have been enough, but last times it was still underbaked [undocumented times] and I didn't want that to happen again.
I had my first try this morning, and I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to write this entry. YAY!
The coffee is from Japan, from the brand AGF Blendy. I have a Japanese friend and he kindly send me some Japanese coffee. I can barely read some hiragana and katakana... And although I started to learn some Chinese, it's definitely NOT enough to read the instructions. LOL
What can I say? This coffee was more bitter than life but really good :) The sachet in the cup was packed in the envelope I'm holding, and it smelled really good when I opened it. I added milk [off camera] to be able to drink it and also be sure I won't get shaky.
I hope you'll be able to try this recipe out.
I wish you Happy Holidays and lots of health in the upcoming year!
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