Our local little supermarket has been making some changes lately, as far as what they stock, and I’ve been really impressed. There’s a freezer case of vegetarian meals and products, a gluten-free grocery section, and now an organic produce case. Pretty good for such a small supermarket in such a small town!
Anyway, I bought a bag of little organic lemons because I like to drink lemon-y water, but there were so many that I knew I’d need to use them another way before they started to rot. So — cake! I pulled out Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess, since I know she has some gerat loaf cake recipes in there, and I made the lemon-syrup cake. Here’s a post with the recipe on a beautiful blog that I’m now going to have to check out further! I started the cake before M’s bedtime and then popped it in the oven when she let me know she was ready to sleep (her bedtime routine is quick). I should have checked the cake after thirty-five or forty minutes, because it seems just a little dry (having baked for forty-five minutes). But the crumb is very light for what’s basically a pound cake — the book recipe calls for cake flour — and the lemon syrup is so bright and sweet-tart. I like it! I had to brew the ‘good tea’ (Fortnum and Mason’s Household Blend Tea, which makes me laugh because… whose household?) to go with it this morning.
I STILL haven’t painted the cupboard doors, but I had to do the appliance garage door by hand — that was actually the very first thing I painted, to get it out of the way. So if I crop things just so, we can pretend the cabinets are all painted and finished!