Salted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked Cake | a collaboration with Matters of the Belly

Salted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked CakeSalted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked Cake

 

“We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” – C.G. Jung

It’s just a short post but one I can’t wait to share. I’ve been travelling for the past few weeks – what originally was meant to be a one and a half week trip has extended into nearly a month away from home. Despite the challenging, surprising times – it’s been enjoyable. And I’ve gotten to experience and share many incredible moments and memories with many new and old friends.

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Toasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva Buttercream

Toasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva ButtercreamToasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva Buttercream

“…she would abandon her body to flow into a vaster body than her own, as it was at the beginning, and return with many other lives to be unfolded…” – Anaïs Nin

My baking is largely dictated by cravings and those come and go, just like the changing seasons. Unpredictable, that’s the word. Lately, my cravings have been drawn towards middle eastern flavours and spices. Ras el Hanout, plenty of it – in ice-cream, buttercream, brownies and on-top of my morning breakfast bowls. Tahini and Halva feature plenty. So too does Dukkah (the dessert kind), Figs and Honey

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Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle Tart

Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle TartDark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle Tart

“Every Morn and every Night, Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to endless night.” – William Blake

I couldn’t resist sharing that Blake poem to go along with today’s post. Auguries of Innocence. It’s one of the first poems that I read, and one of the first that I truly could connect with. I remember adorning my blank pages with Blake’s words, painting the skies with his prose and becoming swept up in waves of a shared infatuation, desire and lunacy.

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Buttermilk Dutch Baby with Honeycomb Ice-Cream and Caramelised Banana

Buttermilk Dutch Baby with Honeycomb Ice-Cream and Caramelised Banana Buttermilk Dutch Baby with Honeycomb Ice-Cream and Caramelised Banana

“Aren’t you afraid of darkness my dear?” Hades asked with mischief in his eyes. “No” Persephone replied, “You haven’t even seen mine yet.” unknown 

We rise with the sun. And breakfast happens before the moon slips away. A glass of freshly squeezed orange blossom and ginger juice. A bowl of yoghurt, granola, white mulberries and honey. A sprinkle of cinnamon too, sometimes a punnet of baby berries, sourced fresh from that weekend’s market.

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French Opera Cake

French Opera CakeFrench Opera Cake

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

It’s not rare for me to fall in love with cookbooks, but it is rare for me to want to make every recipe out of a single book. Which is just what Tessa Huff’s (from Style Sweet CA), new cookbook, Layered – makes me want to do. (check out her blog, if you haven’t already)!

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Chocolate Chip and Espresso Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Chip and Espresso Kiss CookiesChocolate Chip and Espresso Kiss Cookies

“I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Espresso is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with. And eat too. It feels bold to proclaim these words out into the open, but I believe it the truth. It reminds me of cool winter mornings, black coffee in hand, pottering about and organising breakfast. It reminds me of warm summer evenings, sharing tiramisu beneath the moonlit flecked sky. It reminds me of crisp autumn sunsets, the air singed with moody shadow and illuminated by the atmosphere of nostalgia. In each moment and memory, the flavour of espresso, brings comfort. And I’m sure it’s the same for you too. We are a coffee loving culture. 

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