We’ve had a bit of a rough go on the balcony this summer. This time last year I believe I was posting lots of photos of lush red tomatoes and assorted herbs, all excited. We had a few things go wrong this year, first being a huge rain storm that almost drowned everything, and the second being pots without holes in the bottoms. I think what we’ve got going on is some root rot. (at least no aphid infestation!?). The tomatoes are suffering particularly, as well as the long grasses and the banana peppers. The bougainvillea is growing a lot but producing exactly zero flowers, and the lettuces and peas are goners. The herbs, chili peppers, and ivy have bounced back, and the tomato plants are producing fruit still but it’s not in good condition and has almost no leaves left on it’s bottom half. The leaves that remain look like these ones…
Not all is a fail though, as you can see from these images below: it’s still nice to have all that greenery out there, even if we know we could’ve done better.
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Spiced Poppyseed Coffee Cake: yields one 8 inch round cake
1+1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 TB cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
2+1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TB poppyseeds
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup + 2TB milk
1 tsp vanilla
Streusel Topping for one 8 inch round cake:
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
few pinches spices, as above
1/2 cup combo of all purpose flour + oats
-Preheat your oven to 350F, and blend together the ingredients for the streusel topping first, set aside.
-Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, salt, spices, and poppyseeds for the cake batter, set aside.
-Place the the melted butter, milk, vanilla, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer and blend with the paddle attachment until combined.
-Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined, do not overmix. Just mix until there are no lumps of dry ingredients.
-Spread the batter into a prepared 8 or 9 inch cake pan and even out the top so that it is smooth and flat. Top with batter with the streusel mixture and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating once or twice during bake time. When the cake bounces back in the center when pressed lightly and/or a skewer inserted comes out clean, the cake is ready.
-Cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.
Ciao for now, guys.
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