|What could symbolise the end of summer more |
than these scorched sunflowers?
Field upon field of them all the way back to Istanbul.
But no. On the other hand, our flat has never looked so inviting and above all, so civilized! To be back in my lovely city kitchen is great. My Assos kitchen is well-equipped but never as completely as here. Oh the bliss of having the right cake tins, all my spices, an oven where I don’t have to crouch down to see how things are doing, a bigger fridge, a huge work surface …
|Zesty Carrot and Ginger Cake: deliciously moist and tasty|
It caught my eye as a friend of mine recently called me about similar recipes eg aubergine chocolate cake and the like, and to be frank, the idea didn’t appeal much at all. But here were similar recipes with pictures. I have said before, I think a good pic is essential towards the ultimate persuasion of going ahead with the recipe. At this point, let me be honest, this Carrot and Ginger Cake’s appeal was that it was so un-villagey! And my loaf tin was the right size. I could do it without making any adjustments to anything. AND I had the Golden Syrup!! Those of you who live here and who are English, will know that the fact we can now buy it from any upmarket supermarket here in Istanbul after years of bringing it back in our suitcases, is nothing short of miraculous.
|special ingredients that I actually had!|
The recipe turned out to be a winner. The combination of carrot and ginger works a treat and the smell while cooking was enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face. It is also one of those wonder cakes that improves with age. Cuts better too. Do try it. Your family will love you for it! TT confessed to polishing off the last slices while enduring a bout of insomnia!
|gently heating all the ingredients in a pan|
|preparing the batter|
|icing the cake|
|zesty carrot and ginger cake – perfect with çay!|