even more so when the promise of a good chicken pho hangs overhead. i made erik take me to a movie (The Wolfman) and to do grocery shopping at the good foodie-friendly store in Jackson yesterday specifically so i could assemble all the ingredients I need to make a kick ass pho, which i have had a wicked craving for lately. i also always like sundays because i do all my breakfast/dinner prep for the week. today i have made: sauce for vegetable lasagna, sliced vegetables and cooked the spinach down for said lasagna, made the green sauce for enchiladas verdes, cooked the rice/onions/anaheims/corn needed for a baked rice casserole, grated all the necessary cheeses, diced up onions and jalapenos for erik’s grits, made bread and am currently in the midst of prepping everything and starting said pho.
and i’m not even tired yet.
i also made a cake from Dorie Greenspan’s awesome book, and it’s everything it promises to be: nicely sweet, with a little crunch from sliced almonds, and really, really simple to put together and bake up. i think it could be a quick, weekday dessert that bakes while you’re making dinner.
Swedish Visiting Cake
recipe from Dorie Greenspan
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (or 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. i didn’t have any almond)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
some more sugar for sprinkling on top
set the oven to 350. butter a cast iron skillet or a round cake pan (i used a cake pan). dump the sugar in a bowl and rub the zest into it with your fingers until the sugar is moist and has a lovely lemon fragrance. whisk in the eggs, one at a time. stir in the salt and extract(s). stir in the flour. stir in the melted butter until everything is well incorporated. scrape this into the pan and smooth it all out. sprinkle the almonds over the top of the cake. sprinkle some sugar over the batter. bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
cooking music: Paul Simon