I always get excited for long weekends. It usually means living in pyjamas and indulging in some slow kitchen cooking and baking projects while sneaking away every now and then to sip some hot tea and play hide and seek with the soft winter sun poking through the bare branches. I try and get the kitchen all shiny and organised for the 3 days of mess I plan to make in there. Sometimes, it amazes me how much a spot of good cleaning and a cup of hot tea means to me as I grow older. And to think, I once thought my mum was insane for getting excited over the exact same things. Circle of life!
I have got a list of some lovely things for you to read, do or make during the weekend if you were keen and am also sharing an adapted version of a carrot cake that has become a house favourite of late. As soon as I finish writing this post, I am going to bake this cake for those tea interludes during the weekend in between all the mundane activities I hope to do in order to nourish my soul. I would love to hear what you have planned for your weekend?
I have seen some ginormous celeriac's at the green grocer's and a new celery root recipe is always welcome.
Reading and sighing over these words and images from France.
I recently made panna cotta for the first time following this recipe. I couldn't believe that it took me only 15 minutes and it was absolutely gorgeous.
Do you love Taro? I adore it. For its purple colour and its cookie-like taste. I have never cooked with it, but how fun is this stop motion video of Taro Milk Tea Rolls? And Betty's beautiful blog has become a new favourite.
More purple goodness in the form of a lilac syrup. I wonder how that tastes.
This cake begs to be made.
I am on a mission to find a sturdy branch to do this.
To dive into this plate ....
Cruising southern California.
Reading this book and liking it. So far ..
Love these workshops and have always considered going but my fear of dogs ....
Everything on this blog makes me want to bury my face in that plate, I usually am more composed than that, but chilli mango peanut vinaigrette? how can you not lose composure!
Try this winter elixir. I have been making one for years and it is good stuff.
Apple picking goodness that inspired one of our own recent adventures that I will share soon.
MR WILKINSON'S CARROT CAKE
adapted from Mr. Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables - Matt Wilkinson
A hearty wholesome carrot cake baked with wholemeal spelt, studded with walnuts and iced with a tangy mascarpone cream. Great for a winter picnic in the soft sun.
Makes -2 loaves
4 free range eggs
300g rapadura sugar (or golden caster sugar)
300ml macadamia oil
340g wholemeal spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
350g carrots, peeled and grated
250g walnuts, roughly chopped
250g mascarpone cheese
zest of 1 lemon
60g rapadura sugar (or pure icing sugar)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Place ingredients for frosting in a medium sized bowl. Whisk with electric beaters until light, fluffy and smooth.
Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease two loaf tins (measuring 19cm X 9cm X 6cm) and line with baking paper.
Whisk egg and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the oil and mix well.
Place flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix gently. All the egg mixture, carrots and walnut. Mix well.
Spoon batter equally into the prepared loaf tins. Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 35-45 minutes until the top is firm and golden. Check whether cake is done by inserting a skewer down the middle. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. When done, remove from oven and turn out onto wire racks to cool.
Spread mascarpone cream on top when completely cooled.
I am love with this cake. i wanna try to make it and i gonna make it tommorow. It is too delicious..
Carrot cake sounds divine and the recipe is looking so delicious. Can't wait to try this sweet recipe.
It just so happened that I was looking for a carrot cake recipe to bake tonight - I will definitely give this one a try !
I am going to make the cake tomorrow! Looks delish! Can I ask, where did u find the tin liners? I have never seen them to buy and would make life so much easier!! Or am I just lazy!!?? ???? thanks!
This is something new. it really looks delicious. I am definitely gonna try this cake its both nutritious and testy . 🙂
Your kitchen is just stunning!!! I know exactly what you mean.. I ensure I have a day of pottering, banking and tea sipping each week to re-fuel. I'm off to check out those links.. you had me at 15 min panacotta!
Long weekends are like a treat, indeed! You get an extra day for anything you like to do for yourself and with the family. We share the same happiness, Sneh 🙂
Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx
Ooh, that cake looks yum. For me, carrot cake is always about the icing. I usually use cream cheese but mascarpone sounds delish too. I haven't made carrot cake in an age - think I might just have to treat myself to one. Hope you enjoyed your long weekend! (With on the sighing over Mimi's blog, by the way. The world is very unequally divided!)
That looks so good Sneh. I have a weakness for carrot cakes. Just can't resist them... And a clean kitchen ready to get dirty again, is there anything better? 😉
I really am going to have to bake a carrot cake soon - we keep talking about it & it keeps popping up on blogs I follow!
We celebrated my Dad's birthday today (with blueberry & citrus cheesecake) & I'll probably spend most of the rest of the weekend doing not much 🙂
What lovely links, Sneh! This carrot cake is beautiful. And as for my weekend plans? Tonight I'm babysitting an almost-2-year-old for six hours... yikes! 😀
First, this cake looks so delicious! I have actually never had a real carrot cake (cause you know the whole no chocolate thing), but I am getting older and my sweet taste buds are ready to explore, SO it's time to try it already!
Second, THANK YOU! I was clicking on all the links last night (like every single one) and then I got to my and was so excited to your kind words! It made my night! Thank you! Hope all is good and have a great weekend!
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for the shout-out! I'm so honored since I'm a HUGE fan of your work! Totally dancing around right now :). (this cake looks amazing.)
It looks delicious and wonderfully moist!
This weekend the weather will be very summery so I won't be spending hours in the kitchen (cheese and a salad and Ma Po tofu).
ah Ma Po Tofu! Enjoy spring xx
Mmm this carrot cake looks divine Sneh! You can't beat a good carrot cake in my opinion. Some great links there too. I can't wait to get my hands on celeriac, one of my favourite veg. And I'll definitely be making a batch of Nadia's winter elixir as I'm currently recovering from the flu.
Hope you are feeling much better. I need to cook with celeriac more. Can be hard to find, but my local grocer seems to stock it in winter 🙂