Lemon, Rosemary and Yogurt Cake

When we have too much eggs I start making cakes. We love cakes. I use less sugar so it is not too sweet and I can give a piece of cake as a snack to school, with a some what clean conscious. This cake I learned to bake while I traveled in Turkey: I had never seen a cake which was baked with oil or with yogurt. Now it is one of my favorite basic recipes which I use frequently.

lemon rosemary yogurt cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour (you can use half home grind wheat flour and the other half white flour, that is what I do)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar (or 1 cup when you use home made yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2.5 cups olive or sunflower oil
  • 1 cup yogurt (I use home made which is sweeter so I can use less sugar)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Rosemary

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until it is an homogeneous dough. Pour into your cake mold and bake for 45-60 minutes in a preheated oven of 160 degrees Celsius.

After you baked the cake, you can decorate with some extra springs of Rosemary and dust with some powdered sugar. You can also brush the top of the cake with some lemon or other citrus marmalade to give the cake a nice glaze.

 

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Frugal Savings Week 15 – 2014

In the perfect world I would be dancing and singing while doing my chores without any flaws, mistakes or bad luck. Unfortunately I don’t live in such a world. But I do like to sing while I do my chores, dancing only on occasion. Last Saturday when I published the Frugal Savings posts I went to the supermarket to get some strawberries because I knew they were on sale that day. When I came at the counter the strawberries where priced down to 45 euro cents per pound. I bought 45 kilos for 40 euros. I started immediately with dehydrating but I wasn’t able to dehydrate all the boxes because the strawberries where in a worse state then I could see in the shops. Terrible waste but I was able to manage to get most of the strawberries done. They will be fantastic as a snack or in our granola.

breakfast dehydrated strawberries

Home made dehydrated strawberry granola on raw milk yogurt

Every Friday I get my 20 liters raw milk straight from the farmer and did my normal routine. I skimmed of the milk and put the cream in the kitchen aid (yes I cheat) and make butter. But for some reason the cream didn’t turn into butter. I probably I should have let the cream sour a bit more and then make the butter. But I didn’t and ended up with a weird fluid with very small parts of yellow butter in it. I threw it out.
Then I made my cheese. I wanted to make a hard Gouda cheese. I was almost ready to put the cheese in the mold then something came up and I had to leave the cheese. When I returned the cheese was too cold to be pressed. I had a big pan full of crumbly cheese parts. I just put it into a plastic container and into the fridge. I made pizza today and crumbled on the crumbles and the pizza turned out very tasty.

I bought quite a lot of vegetable plants at a nursery, some plants which I wasn’t able to plant but I wanted to eat this or next year. We love artichokes so I bought some. I also bought some rhubarb, my other one died last winter.

I had a bake session: rye whey bread, 5 spice sweet bread, whole wheat plum newtons, granola with our dehydrated strawberries and a lemon, Rosemary and yogurt cake.

This Saturday we went to a flea market (again… the season started and I love flea markets). I bought a couple of kilo of home spun wool for 2 euro. I think it will be enough for a sweater for myself. I love the colour of home spun wool. We bought some books, even a new Gordon Ramsey cookbook. A total of 11 books for 3 euros (the new Ramsey book included!). My youngest bought a bead loom for 20 cents. We bought 2 bird cages for a total of 5 euros. The children have now a small parakeet and they are very happy with their little friend.

five spice sweet bread

the house smelled wonderful after baking this five spice sweet bread

It was a strange week with a lot of unexpected things. Let’s see what next week will bring!

handspun wool

Hand spun wool on the flea market for only 2 euro

 

Frugal savings week 14 – 2014

This week I focused on the abundance of leeks and onions I have. The onions are going to sprout and I need to preserve them otherwise I can throw them out.

We had a warm winter and an early spring so my Savoy cabbages is almost going to sprout. I dehydrated the cabbage leaves to make filled cabbage dishes later on.

Some one gave me an hop shoot and I planted that in the garden near my shed. I hope it will stick and grow. I love hop and its versatile use. The lady who gave me the shoot said that she doesn’t like it because it is like weeds. I think we have lost our touches with hop and its many uses. Hop tea is dated way back to the ancient times. Hop can be used as an infusion, a tea or in sleep pillows. Hop tea is said to help with insomnia, cleanses your blood, relieve with gas and cramps. An infusion is stronger then a tea. You can make an infusion by putting 1 ounce of dried hops in a liter (quart) jar and fill with boiling water. Cover and steep for 4 to 8 hours. Strain the infusion and keep in the refrigerator for 2 days. You can drink it warm or cold. For the tea you steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Then strain and drink.

This lady also had an old quince tree in her garden and said that last year she threw all the quinces away because nobody wants them and they started to rot on the ground. I was shocked and offered to pick and take the quinces and make her some nice jam, and she loved that. I love quinces! I feel very lucky, to be able to get them.

I planted 4 raspberry plants:  2 are late summer and 2 are early summer, so if I did it correctly we can eat of raspberry for a longer period.

I forked over one part of the small garden. My dog helps me with breaking down the heavy clay ground. helping dogAnd then: broad beans… again. I planted broad beans indoors, twice! But the seeds were too old and didn’t sprout. I had newer beans and I planted them directly in the (clay) ground and put 1/2 liter plastic jars over them so the chickens will not eat the green sprouts. The garlic is doing very well in the greenhouse tent and the apple, pear and plum trees are doing well. The apple tree even has some blossom already. Perhaps we can pick an apple or two this year.

I made another 5 liter batch of home made laundry soap and my home made laundry softener with vinegar and essential oils. My sister came last weekend and she helped me getting through my laundry pile. I fell so behind with the laundry. It quickly dried because the weather is nice and we could hang it all outside. With the slinking laundry pile, I also ran out of laundry liquid.

Last week I skipped cheese making from fresh, raw milk straight from the farmer. This week I got my regular 20 liters to make my cheese, ricotta and yogurt. I hope to make some butter as well.  I waxed 2 cheeses.

 

Frugal Indonesian food: Nasi Goreng

We love Indonesian food: it is complex with flavors and spicy. Even my children experiment with the hot condiment sambal. When I grew up we ate a lot of Indonesian food. My uncle, who was a cook in the army is from Indonesia, my parents had Indonesian friends which whom they cooked Indonesian every couple of weeks.

Indonesian food is easy to make and not expensive at all. You do need some specific herbs and spices which perhaps aren’t readily available. I shop two times per year for my Indonesian herbs, spices and condiments. I put the fresh herbs in the freezer and can use them in my recipes.

Whenever I cook rice, I always make sure I cook some extra so I can make Nasi Goreng. There are a lot of ways to make Nasi Goreng but this is the easiest and quickest way to make it.

Cooked rice for 4 persons
2 onions, minced
1 garlic glove, minced
2 tablespoons oil
250 grams of leftover meat (hamburger meat, chicken, beef in cubes, you can even use ham in cubes)
2 teaspoons of sambal oelek (a chili paste which you can buy at Chinese or Asian stores)
fried eggs, cut into stripes (optional)

Fry the onion until glazed and add the minced garlic. in the hot oil. I use a cast iron wajang pan (wok). Add the sambal and the meat until brown. Add the rice and heat the dish while stirring constantly so it will not stick. Before serving you can add the fried eggs.

This is just a basic recipe, you can add leftover vegetables (like peas or thinly sliced cabbage) and fish (like shrimps or white fish), just what you want to use in the dish. Try to experiment and have a different Nasi Goreng every time.

Selamat makan!