Days of sleeplessness and restlessness have been catching up with me. I find myself yawning unawares whilst frantically scrambling to scratch off tasks on my ever-extending to-do list. There's assignments to complete, homework to finish, as well as three blog drafts and a set of photos waiting to be edited. (whoops...)
It's ironic, really, how this probably is the exact opposite of my motto of balance and control. I feel like I'm spiraling madly out of control and into oblivion. My 'isola felice' is nowhere in sight.
Still, I seek relieve in the form of cooking - with cauldrons of soup and cackles to accompany the twirl of the spatula - savoring the unspoken satisfaction of creation.
Still, another year begins, and new prospects wait to be uncovered. New ideas unfold and the world keeps spinning. Valentine's Day has passed, with me celebrating in my own strange way with mini cakes colored pink with beetroot. (I've got a recipe here.)
Chinese New Year arrives, and so does the assault of reds, yellows, golds and oranges. They beckon from doorways, shops and streets most conspicuously, accompanied by raucous music which actually is noise. Family members gather and the past is dug up.
I love it.
I seem to have some sort of strange affinity for mini cakes, judging from the number of those in my recipe index. And I don't think I'm going to stop anytime soon. This lunar new year, my hands have been scented with the citrusy perfume of mandarin oranges, It's quite magical, the orange, of how it contains hints of mango and pineapple and how it can be used pith to peel.
This time, I've settled for a simple upside-down cake for one. It goes together so well with honey, though this recipe's vegan for well, vegans. (Everyone needs some cake, hey?) This one's ideal for Chinese New Year, or the chinese-y mood your feeling. Whatever floats your boat.
Right now, I've got some cookies in the oven that are almost done, so that's it for now. I guess.
P.S. That photo right at the top - that was taken with my Iphone and SANS EDITS!
Orange Cake for One
time taken : 30 mins / make time : 5 mins / cook time : 25 mins
makes for one
1/4 c AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp orange zest (optional)
1-2 tbsp brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it to be)
1/4 c milk
1/4 tsp vinegar / apple cider
2 tbsp applesauce
1 tsp oil
1 mandarin orange
1. Preheat the oven to 170c.
2. In a bowl, combine milk and vinegar. In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, zest and salt.
3. Add milk mixture into flour mixture along with applesauce, oil and sugar. Stir well.
4. In a greased ramekin, arrange orange slices neatly on the base before pouring in batter.
5. Bake for 25-30 mins, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. (optional) On a serving plate, dab a little maple syrup or honey on the base before placing the cake on top. Also brush some syrup/honey on top of the cake. Enjoy.
- to be continued -