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French Lemon-Poppy Pound Cake

I like this new and easy method of baking pound cakes by Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, Boston. First, the eggs and sugar are whipped together until the mixture is feather light. Then, just fold-in the rest of the ingredients and place it in your pre-heated oven. That's it! The result is a soft, buttery French Lemon-Poppy Pound Cake that's full of lemon flavor. This cake is a great tea-time treat. If there’s any leftover, just cover and store at room temperature for up to three days. However, I don’t foresee you will have any problems finishing this yummy cake. Try it!


Recipe adapted from Flour By Joanne Chang {pg 70 & 72}

French Lemon-Poppy Pound Cake

Ingredients

2 Cups Cake Flour

¾ tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

½ Cup + 3 Tbsp (1 3/8 sticks/156 grams) Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled to slightly warm

¼ Cup (60 grams) Heavy Cream

3 Tbsp Lemon Zest

1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

4 Large Free-Range Eggs

1 ¼ cups Granulated Sugar



For the Lemon Glaz…

Espaguetis Con Almejas~ Spaghetti and Clams In A Skillet

Espaguetis Con Almejas (or Spaghetti and Clams In A Skillet) is a Spanish-Mediterranean pasta paella. I like the simplicity of this fantastic recipe from Ferran Adria, the super chef from Spain. The noodles are lightly toasted in olive oil before the rest of the fresh ingredients are added. This method gives the noodles a smokey and flavorful aroma. If Fideo noodles are not available, then you can consider using thin spaghetti or traditional German egg pasta. The other substitute you can consider is to use chicken or even vegetables instead, if clams or fresh shell fishes are not your cup of tea. It will taste just as good. Try it!


Recipe adapted from The New Spanish Table by Anya Von Bremzen

Espaguetis Con Almejas~ Spaghetti and Clams In A Skillet

Ingredients

3 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
12-oz/350 g Fideo Noodles or thin Spaghetti, broken into large pieces
4 Medium-Size Garlic, minced
1 Medium-Size Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, or more to taste
3 Cups Bottled Clam Juice, diluted with…

Home Fries

I had a great summer holiday this year! Now, I am just glad that the kids are back in school, however, not sure if my kids feels the same though. Personally, I'm so relieved and is looking forward to get back to my routine and start updating my blog with some great new postings! Watch this space.

In any case, after taking a few days to get adjusted to the time zone here, I was pleasantly surprised to discover there were potatoes growing in my backyard! I had planted them earlier this summer before I went for my vacation and really did not expect them to survive the hot summer weather here. They did! So, needles to say, I was very excited to cook these homegrown potatoes. After giving it some thought, I decided to turn these fresh potatoes into Home Fries with onion, garlic, and red peppers. The potatoes were crispy on the outside and soft in the center. Home made fries are always fantastic on its own or with some ketchup. Totally enjoyed these fries over brunch, with just some toas…