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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Another day, another cake

We have a new-ish rule in our house about junk food - if you want to eat it, you have to make it. So when either of us have a craving, we either have to make it ourselves or convince the other one to make it for us, rather than running down to the shops to pick it up.

The rule came about for a number of reasons. It was hard to reconcile eating mass manufactured, chemical and additive-laden food with our slow food beliefs. Also, when you are as poor as church mice like us, those chocolate biscuits are really expensive compared to homemade ones! We can also use higher quality ingredients in our cooking, so we actually end up with better, tastier, relatively healthier 'junk' food plus it's cheaper.

Parenthetically, there are moments when this all falls apart and we scoff chippies with reduced cream and powdered onion soup dip. Mmmmmm.

Tonight we both needed cake, and dinner was vaguely middle eastern, so I made Stephanie Alexander's yogurt and semolina cake. I made this for the first time a couple of weeks ago for my darling partner's birthday, so I was confident that it would quell the craving.

It's very simple - no need for the cake mixer because it uses olive oil instead of butter - and quick to make. Once out of the oven, a simple syrup flavoured with orange zest is poured over the top. Yum!

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