The smell of basil has to be one of the best things in the world. It brings a fresh, soft taste to anything it is added to. It even goes well in a sweet cake as I used in one of my recipes a few weeks ago (blogpost here). This focaccia bread is full of fresh basil and olive oil – there’s a lot of both, but it’s not overwhelming.
This past week I fought with a mild cold. You know the story: runny nose, everything above neck congested, headache… Luckily no body pain, but it did affect my life – I just rested in bed not to get any worse. And you know what was the best thing to eat at that time? Yes, soup of course!
When I saw that I had a small package of dried cranberries left from a previous recipe, I decided to use it in a cookie. But which cookie? I quickly thought of options and what other ingredients I had. Finally I decided to make a very rich cookie which had bits and pieces of many many different ingredients!
I don’t really like so-called Women’s Magazines. But whenever I go to my hairdresser, I check the first few on the shelf for the food pages. As I was going through one of the magazines last time I was there, I found this recipe in one of the magazines (and for the life of me, I cannot remember which magazine it was!). I loved the use of fresh basil in a cake, so I decided to try it.
So.. my experiments with black tahini continues! And today I have a black cake recipe for you made this slightly bitter tahini type. This cake is very chewy in the middle and quite crusty on the outside. And to “spice” things up, there is also some brandy in it.
I love corn bread. I think one of the reasons is that it connects me to my Black Sea roots – we love eating flat corn bread made on pan and on stove, together with fried or poached European anchovy. It is a very delicious type of corn bread indeed. This one in this recipe is yet another delicious corn bread, and this time we have a lot more ingredients in it than just corn flour.