Lemon Polenta Cake

As I have an abundance of lemons and eggs I've been on the lookout for recipes.  That's when I found this Lemon Polenta Cake on the Wheel & Barrow site.  They actually have some good recipes which I'll be having a closer look at soon.  

The mixture is huge and it makes a very large cake.  You only need a small piece.  Only problem is that it's truly delicious so that makes it tricky. 

I've always wanted to try polenta cakes and now I have.  Another great cake recipe I'll be adding to our list of favourites.

Lemon Polenta Cake.

400g butter, cubed and softened
300g caster sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
400g almond meal
250g polenta
10g baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
Zest and juice of 1 orange

1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

Preheat oven to 170°C.  Grease and line a round cake tin.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time making sure to beat well after each addition.

Fold in the almond meal, polenta and baking powder together with the vanilla essence, zest and juice of lemons and orange.  Fold in bits at a time alternating between the dry and wet ingredients.  

It is a very large mix so this does take a little while and needs a little muscle power to keep folding.

Once completely combined spoon into prepared tin.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 160°C and bake for a further 40 minutes.  You may need to cover with foil after the first 40 minutes if browning too quickly.  I covered mine with foil. 

Once the cake has cooled dust with sifted icing sugar.

Then you need to slice a large piece for testing.

As it is quite a large cake I ended up freezing half of ours for another day.

A delicious, moist cake which is a little different.


Bacon & Broccolini Frittatas

Looking back through some of my old recipes I rediscovered these little frittatas.  We have quite a few eggs in the fridge at the moment from our clever girls so this recipe was perfect.

You can use a normal size muffin tin however I use a texan muffin tin which gives me six in total.  They're quite filling with veggies, egg and wrapped in bacon.  Great for snacks and lunches.  I sometimes use them for dinner too with a side of veggies or salad.

Bacon & Broccolini Frittatas.

Good Morning

Where did this morning go?  Having such a lovely day so far and the beautiful sunny weather adds to the enjoyment too.  

As soon as I had breakfast and a shower I slipped my gumboots on and started my morning routine of looking after Samson and the chickens.  I then moved onto our veggie patch and found two healthy looking cauliflower heads growing.

Our daughter walked outside and I said  'I have something to show you.  This is what I love about the garden.'  There was delight all over her face seeing the cauliflower and she was just as excited as me.

This just made my day.


For some reason I hadn't made a lasagne for quite a long time.  Everyone here loves a good lasagne with a side of salad and garlic bread.  

The Walks of Italy not only has a winner of a recipe they also provide some fantastic tips.  I used their recipe as my guide and am more than happy with the results.  

I usually make them on a weekend that way I can let the sauce simmer for longer.  A good hour minimum on a very low heat works well however if I can leave it longer I do.  This time the sauce simmered for about two hours with me stirring it every so often and adding a little water here and there. 


Midweek Chatter

Our pets are always a feature which just reinforces to me just how much they are a part of our daily lives.  The backyard really wouldn't be the same without them.

Samson and I have been walking everywhere, climbing hills, walking past lakes, over bridges, quiet paths, busy streets and meeting people.  I tied his lead up to a post for a few minutes one day whilst I returned a library book.  By the time I got back there was an elderly lady totally smitten with him as well as a mother with her little girl.  Samson had his head down low and the little girl was touching his soft ears.  He was so gentle with her and seemed to be making himself small by putting his head down.  It was just beautiful.

Being in the moment and taking it all in.

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