My last post on Aloe Vera, was as much of a learning experience for me as it was of sharing. Unfortunately for me, soon after I posted the Aloe post, I had an accident. A jug of boiling water blasted on my right leg, scalding my skin off, and burning me very badly. I was immediately rushed to the doc, who gave me a shot on my butt and a whole lot of medicines to ease the pain. I suffered for 2 days, wondering how was I ever going to wear a bikini again, and how ugly my thigh looks and whether it would ever look normal again. Then I opened my mail box to authorize the comments on the Aloe post, and what i read changed my life. Its something i was aware of, but never did, as i never needed to so far. I read how everyone uses Aloe Vera and keep it in their kitchen to heal their burns. And how miraculously it has helped so many, and healed them, leaving no scar at all. I ran straight for my plant and started applying it 3-4 times daily. Let me tell you dear friends, it’s a miracle from God. Its working like no other medicine would. I’m much better now, with 80% of the burns healed, just need to get rid of the scar. So for all of you little angles who left those comments on my blog, thank you so much. I now encourage everyone to have one Aloe plant in their house. Its a must !!!
And now for my cake today. This is a Plum, Pistachio and Cardamon Cake. Absolutely divine in flavour. Took it for a friends Sunday lunch party and it dissapeared in just a few seconds. The Cardamon really takes this cake into another level. Its soft, the plums make it moist and slightly tart at the same time, tastes very rich due to the ground pistachio and the cardamon makes it very festive. I used very ripe plums, so they were more on the sweet side than sour.
- 8 ripe plums
- 75 gms ground pistachios
- 175 gms self raising flour
- 175 gms softened butter
- 175 gms fine sugar
- 3 eggs
- 8-10 pods of cardamon
Line your cake tin, and preheat the oven to 180 C.
Wash the plums and cut them in quaters. Dry grind the pistachios, leaving a few behind to use for garnishing. Mix the sifted Self raising flour, butter, sugar, eggs, pistachio pd and cardamon in a bowl. Beat with your electric beater for about 3 minutes, adding a few drops of milk if the consistency is too thick. Now gently mix in the plums and pour the batter into the cake tin. Level it well and garnish with some sliced pistachios. Bake for about 30-40 mins, till skewer comes out clean. Let it cool down, and then dust it with icing sugar. This cake tastes wonderful warm, and best at room temperature.
And last but not the least we have a winner for the pay it forward. Dana Wilson of Vanilla Basil. Congratulations, you should be getting your parcel this week. I also decided to pay it forward to Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. Actually its more of an exchange as shes sending me a wonderful Vietnamese Coffee Press, yay … i cannot wait. So the next time you get paid forward, do spread the love around.