Saturday, August 16, 2008

How Odd, Gold Medal

Suddenly my YouTube requests have come through, about a week or so since I asked them to post to my blog. Weird. We were delighted to hear this morning that Carol Hunyh of Canada had won a gold medal in wrestling - at long last. Canadian athletes have been doing well for themselves, but not well enough for the Olympics. Several Canadian records have been broken, but unfortunately it doesn't count. Matt keeps reminding me that although we are a vast country, we actually don't have that many people in it. Another young lady got a bronze in wrestling today too, so everyone at home is very excited. I discovered this morning that all the medals in Beijing have a piece of jade on them, each piece being different of course. Canada also got a silver in the two men rowing competition. Picture from Needless to say, I watched Michael Phelps win his seventh medal last night in the Butterfly. He won it by a fingernail, literally. 1/100th of a second. This morning I am glued to the TV as I want to see the 100 metre dash which is getting quite exciting. I watched several of the heats last night so would like to watch the final. Looks like the Jamaicans are going to win toppling records left right and centre. When Matt was shopping, he couldn't find any ripe tomatoes, they were all quite green. Fine for cooking but not for salads. So yesterday morning he went to the farm and got some, theirs still aren't great as they lost so many in a hail storm. However, he also bought me some corn. I had a couple of cobs last night, were they sweet, absolutely delicious. Yum, yum, yum. I have two more cobs, but the day after they won't be quite as delicious. If only I could still get locally grown asparagus I would be in total heaven. I am also in the middle of boiling oranges for my Turkish Orange Cake which I will be making later on today. It has the advantage of being gluten free and my friend's kid, who will be here for dinner tomorrow, is not allowed gluten at the moment. He doesn't have celiac disease luckily. I posted the recipe once before, November 24, 2007. I have two, one without chocolate and another from Nigella Lawson which does have chocolate. I haven't, surprisingly, tried that one. Nigella's Chocolate Orange Cake Serves: 8 or more (its quite heavy) picture from My Source: Nigella Lawson 1 large or 2 small, thin-skinned oranges 6 eggs 1 heaped tsp baking powder 50 g cocoa 200 g ground almonds 250 g caster sugar Half tsp bicarbonate of soda Put the whole orange in a pan with cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 2 hours, or until soft. Drain. When cool, halve the orange and remove big pips. Pulp everything in a food processor. Preheat oven to gas mark 4 (180c). Add the eggs, baking powder, sugar, bicarbonate, almonds and cocoa to the orange in the processor. Run until you have a cohesive cake mixture. Alternatively, chop the fruit finely by hand and add the eggs one by one, alternating with spoons of almonds and cocoa, then the oranges. (Tip: Have another bowl prepared to put the mixture into, unless you have a professional size food processor) Pour and scrape into a buttered, 20 cm springform cake tin and bake for 1 hour. Have a great weekend.


  1. Jo

    The cake sounds nice but isn't it a bit bitter.

    By the way, it's said that if one cooks one doesn't bake. I could never bake; cook I could, but that is another story.


  2. Nice touch that they include jade in the medals. I like jade.

    The one thing I really can't cook is vegetables! I love them, but I just can't seem to get them quite right. It's generally safer to let my mother do the veg and then I just serve them on to the plates. :)

  3. No, surprisingly enough, the cake is not bitter.

    As for cooking veg Ru, you have to remember that most veg can be eaten and enjoyed, raw so why would you want to cook them too much. The British used to be notorious for overcooking veg. These days that doesn't seem to be the case.

  4. Green Tomatoes are nice to me in salads ! well, it's more the gorgeous red one i dislike in salad and prefer for cooking lol ! I assume that it is my personnal way to like tomatoes not french people !

    France is so crap for this Olympics ^^ but so famous for its war and diplomatics interventions ! ^^

  5. I've never heard of using green tomatoes in salads. They must be very bitter surely? North Americans coat them with meal and then fry them or as Ru mentioned, they are frequently made into pickles. I do love red tomatoes fried too, and baked in the oven as I posted recently.