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Orange Almond Cake with Sesame Honey Layers

Orange Almond Cake with Sesame Honey Layers


One of the things I appreciate most in England is a national understanding that cake is for constant consumption, best enjoyed with tea. A surprise? Brits do not in fact sip their tea out of tiny little flowered teacups. They drink it out of mugs like the rest of the world.

Here’s my ideal cake. It’s light, fruity, and made mainly with almond flour (milled almonds) so that you can let go of calorie counting, close your eyes, and count the flavors: almonds, tahini, oranges, sesame seeds, coconut, vanilla, oh my!


2 c. almond flour (milled almonds)

1 cup organic flour

¾ c. fresh squeezed orange juice

½ tahini (unhulled sesame seed tahini preferred, it will have a darker color and undergoes less processing)

¼ c. virgin coconut oil (substitution for other oils is fine, but try coconut oil in your cakes once and you’ll be using it for all time. Just make sure you get the cold-pressed/virgin variety)

½ c. coconut palm sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. salt


Mix dry ingredients together (almond flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda). Then add eggs, tahini, orange juice, orange peel, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Set aside batter and begin…

Candied Almonds and Sesame Seeds


1 ½ c. flaked almonds

1 c. sesame seeds (note, I used black sesame seeds for the amazing color. It locks like volcanic rock)

¼ c. virgin coconut oil

1 ½ tablespoons honey

pinch of salt, a few drops of vanilla extract

Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes (don’t let it burn, keep stirring)Image

Pour layer of nuts and seeds into a greased baking pan, then add a layer of cake batter, then another layer of candied nuts and seeds, then final layer of batter.Image

Place in over and bake at 175 degrees Celsius, or about 350 Fahrenheit, for between 25- 30 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with the Orange Honey Sauce

Orange Honey Sauce


½ c. orange juice

2 tablespoon honey

1 tsp virgin coconut oil

Cook on medium for about 7 minutes, goal is to see liquid orange and honey mixture begin to thicken, honey crystallize, and consistency become thicker. Notice that the smell will change from heavily orange to a honey candy smell


Dreamy Chimichurri

My dreams have changed a little after 5 months in England. Thanks to British cooking techniques like the oh-so-popular ‘salt on every 2 in 5 potatoes’, I went into spice withdrawal fast. I watched my favorite food drift away across the Atlantic: Adios avocados. Goodbye salsa. Where are you chilies?

You can keep the castles, princes, and sunset romances in meadows, please just give me a bowl of something SPICY

Here’s my goes-with-everything, incredibly delicious sauce to spice it up

Chimichurri of DreamsImage


½ cup cilantro

½ cup parsley

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon or lime

1 clove garlic

3 dried red chili peppers (alternatively about a ½ teaspoon of red chili flakes)

2 spicy green finger chilies or 1 jalapeño

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon water


Just blend this list in a blender or food processor!Image

It’s a heavy ingredient list, yes. But these individual ingredients come together to make the most delicious, flavorful, party-in-your-mouth chimichurri that you will have. Use it as a salad dressing. Put it on your fish tacos. Add it to beans for flavor. Put it on hummus (“Are you mad woman? On hummus?!” – you might be thinking. Well maybe I am mad, but they add chimichurri to falafel and hummus in Israel. It’s the perfect spice + lemon acidity to warm up heavy hummus) My favorite idea? We’ll use it as a spread on THE BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD, coming tomorrow to this blog and your stomachs

-Happy Eating


Rainy Day Tomato Soup

Just when I thought winter had finally retreated, it comes back with rainstorms and a cold wind. I feel like this http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/post/48693968924/when-i-start-feeling-like-summer-is-coming-and-suddenly

But! There is a bright side, because when the weather outside is frightful… let us cook let us cook let us cook!

Today’s Menu: Rainy Day Tomato Soup


10 tomatoes

1 carrot

1 small onion (yellow)

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup worth of vegetable or chicken stock + 1 cup plain water

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika


Step 1. Steam the tomatoes in a pot until soft, about 15 minutes.

Step 2. Chop onion and carrot and cook on medium with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (what is carrot doing in my tomato soup? You may be asking. Making it sweeter! I would reply) Image

Step 3. Add 1 clove of chopped garlic to mixture and wait for it to turn golden. (Also enjoy the glorious smell that is now infusing your kitchen) The carrot/onion/garlic mixture should soften and be caramelizing. Add the broth and water. It will start looking like this:Image

Step 4. Rinse Tomatoes in cold water so they begin to cool down enough to peel off the skin

Step 5. Make two slits in the bottom or top of the tomatoes, making an x. You’ll “undress” the tomatoes easily by pulling the skin away. If the skin won’t come off, the tomatoes weren’t cooked long enough. Image

Step 6. Mash the tomatoes into the carrot, onion, and broth mixture and cook for an additional 15 minutes on a low to medium heat with the paprika and salt added. The tomatoes should have broken apart and become part of the liquid now.

Step 7. Allow to cool, blend in a food processor or blender and serve with basil or parsley

Simple (ish) healthy, and colorful. Best served with a book and a seat by the window.

Lazy Morning Cooking: My New Take on Tapas

What I really do at Oxford… yes essay writing happens, but cooking and sharing food is the center of life here.

Today’s Project: My Take on Tapas, the Spanish Omelette


2 large potatoes

1 medium onion (yellow)

2 tomatoes

1 sweet red bell pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

6 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

Begin by thinly slicing the potatoes. They should be almost transparent pieces. (See picture of the colander for example)

While cutting, take the pan that you will use for your omelette (preferably a large one) and fill halfway with water. When the water boils, you will put in the slices of potato and cook for no more than 2 minutes. If you overcook them, they will become starchy mush, but giving them a quick boil makes sure they aren’t hard!

Add about a tablespoon of good extra virgin olive oil. Dice your onion into little pieces (and try not to cry). Throw the onion in the pan and let it sizzle. Mmmm…

Add the potatoes to the onions with another tablespoon of oil, stir, and let cook for about 15 minutes. You’ll want to stir every few minutes to make sure there’s an even cook.

My twist on the traditional recipe begins here with the addition of tomatoes, peppers, and paprika to the potato, onion, and egg foundation. Dice your tomatoes and add them at the 15 minute mark. I love tomatoes, and I think they add flavor and more liquid to the potatoes and onions.

Crack and whip up the six eggs with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of paprika. Be aware you may need more salt depending on how salty you like your food.

Dice the red pepper and add it to the pan. Take off the pan at 20 minutes and begin to add spoonfuls of the potato and onion mixture into the big bowl of whipped eggs. Do it slowly so the heat doesn’t immediately make the eggs cook.

When all the mixture has been stirred into the eggs, pour a little more oil into the pan and pour the eggs and potatoes in!

At this point, you will allow it to cook for yes another 20 minutes. It will be difficult, because at this point you will be oh so hungry and wondering why you didn’t just make scrambled eggs. Trust me, you will be glad you branched out.

The only things left to do? Dishes, pushing the edges of the omelette in a little as it cooks, and when the top is almost set, putting a plate over the pan to flip the omelette on. Then put the side that was facing up onto the heat to give it a 2 minute cook.

When this is done, all you need is a few friends over to help you eat it all, and I promise you, all of it will be eaten. Enjoy!ImageImageImage

Note: trying to flip a spanish omelette onto the plate and then back into the pan for the final two minutes of cooking can be hard. You could just cut the delicious thing in half, then cut those two halves in half. Flip one quarter at a time. Still pretty.