The food was simple but appropriate for a chilly, welcome-rainy day. The slow cooker has come out of the bottom cupboard this week as the weather has achieved a certain bite to the breeze and, officially, winter has arrived to-day. It was pressed into service for the first course. On the menu was a thick vegetable broth and, to satisfy the sweet tooth, Polenta Orage Syrup Cake served with cream.
POLENTA ORANGE SYRUP CAKE
Ingredients - Cake
- 3 eggs
- 110g/4oz Caster sugar
- 110g/4oz butter - melted and cooled
- Juice of half an orange
- 225g/8oz polenta
- 1 dessertspoon baking powder
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Ingredients - Syrup
- 2 oranges
- Juice of half a lemon
- 140g/5oz Caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius/325 degrees fahrenheit.
- Line a 20cm/8inch round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and mousse-like.
- Beat in the melted and cooled butter and orange juice.
- Add polenta and baking powder, followed by the orange zest, salt and vanilla, beating well.
- Pour into prepared tin.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.
- Test with a skewer. Skewer should come out clean if the cake is done.
While the cake is cooking make the syrup: put all the ingredients into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes.
- Remove cake from the oven and make holes in it with a skewer.
- Pour over the hot syrup
- Leave to cool
- Turn out onto a serving plate
- Serve with creme fraiche or whipped cream
Food is best when accompanied by good and lively conversation and the food was well accompanied. Val is marvellous company. As well as a former librarian at the Goethe Institute, her background is in German language and lit. studied in the mythological sixties at that great mythological institution, University of California at Berkeley. Pardon, Miss Eagle. She is a child of the sixties and Berkeley was a place one read about with amazement - at a time when merely sitting in a park in conservative Toowoomba to protest the Vietnam war was enough to bring down on one's head the epithet of "Communist!".
Val, as does Miss Eagle, an abiding interest in track travel - tram or train. Miss Eagle dates her interest since childhood. When she holidayed with Nana O'Carroll there favourite pastime was to get on a train or tram in the centre of Brisbane and ride to the terminus and back again. So perhaps there might be a shared adventure in the future. To give some impetus to adventure planning, no matter if it is suburban, is this wonderful mural of a train taken by Miss Eagle last year in Broken Hill.
And there were Val's handmade books which she brought to show. Beautiful! Inspiring! And Miss Eagle was given a teensy-weensy beautiful one! Thank you, Val.
Then we finished up with a visit to Craft Fair where Val purchased nothing but Miss Eagle found these papers irresistible. A sale on at the moment!