Salad or Cake?
What would you prefer?
I had a lovely salad recipe I often make during summer to share with you this month. I thought it was a special only I knew about recipe, but when I went searching, apparently it’s everywhere! It includes baby spinach, feta cheese, chorizo, beetroot wedges and roasted pumpkin and it really is delicious – just do a search!
So I changed tack for this post (at the last minute of course) and that’s why we’re having tea and cake under the trees instead 🙂
Welcome to another edition of What’s on your Plate #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge
A birthday gathering for the old boy
As it was the Mathematician’s birthday on the weekend, I arranged a few friends to join us for tea and cake under the trees in the backyard. But first we did a 30km (return) bike ride to a cafe for a yummy snack – as you do!
We had about a dozen friends come over for an informal gathering (outside) in the garden.
Apart from offering tea and cake what else did I provide?
- Camembert cheese and water crackers
- Beetroot dip
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Pepper cheese and biscuits
- Fruit platter – watermelon, grapes, apricots
- Vege chips – lime and chilli
- Honey soy flavoured chips
- Chocolate covered blueberries and raspberries
All washed down with copious cups of tea or bubbles. The Mathematician is known for his love of tea so that’s why we had a Tea Party!
We didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits
As we finished our bike ride just after lunch, the sky became stormy and thunder growled in the hills around us. There was some light rain but it didn’t bother us too much. By the time everyone turned up at our place mid-afternoon, the sun was shining again but the thunder continued to roll around the surrounding hills. We were very lucky!
Recipe for Olive Oil Blueberry Cake
My friend Cathy (who features in most of my What’s on your Plate posts, due to her culinary prowess), offered to make a birthday cake which suited me just fine. With the Mathematician being lactose intolerant it can be hard at times.
This Olive Oil Blueberry Cake was just perfect and serves 10+ . The cake is so moist and delicious I can highly recommend it, so much so I asked for the recipe, and I will make it myself one day!
No singing of happy birthday was allowed (Covid restrictions, according to some friends) and the candles wouldn’t light in the breeze anyway!
We toasted him with bubbles and then ate the cake with cream and fresh blueberries 🙂
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vaanilla
- 1 cup light olive oil
- 1 cup apricot nectar
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 300gram fresh or frozen blueberries
- Icing sugar to serve
- Serves 10
What to do?
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees and line a 4cm deep 28cmx22cm cake pan.
- Using electric mixer beat eggs sugar and vanilla on high speed for 3 minutes or until mixture is pale and thick.
- Stir in oil and apricot nectar.
- Sift in flour and baking powder over egg mixture and gently fold until all ingredients are combined.
- Pour half the mixture into prepared pan, top with half the blueberries. Pour over remaining batter and top with blueberries.
- bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Serve warm, or at room temperature dusted with icing sugar.
- Blueberries can be replaced with canned fruit if preferred.
Feel like joining in?
So now you know what I’ve been serving up to a summer tea party in the backyard. You’re welcome anytime!
It’s always fun joining Canadian bloggers Donna and Deb for their What’s on your plate challenge series each month. These posts go live on the first Wednesday of each month and you can join in too by adding your link to the link party in their posts.
It’s not a hard challenge and I can assure you it’s not just for ‘proper’ cooks – I’ve been joining in for a few months now, so how hard can it be and I always learn something new.
You can see Donna and Deb’s posts here – thanks for hosting the link up!
A close encounter with a brown snake
Oh and I nearly forgot to tell you the most interesting that happened on the bike ride! On the way back I was riding along chatting to a buddy and didn’t realise that I was about to ride over a brown snake on the trail. I had seen it and thought it was a piece of bark or a twig from the nearby trees.
But NO!!! It was a brown snake and it was not happy with me at all. I screamed as I went past it (over it, it’s all a blur), and lifted both legs as high as I could off the pedals, as I was convinced it was going to strike me.
My heart was racing and I can still see it rearing up to get me as I went over it. I kept screaming because that always helps in these situations and rode away as quickly as I could. Another rider coming up behind me had seen it for what it was, a snake, and came to a screeching halt before it slithered off into the grass.
And yes brown snakes can be dangerous so I was very lucky not to be bitten as I rode over it, not to be overly dramatic about it all, on the day that belonged to my husband 🙂
Hope you enjoyed your visit! Let me know if you’d prefer cake or salad – with or without the snake 🙂
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