Finally the day has arrived. I’m leaving today … hooray!!! After waiting for so many months i’m going back. My tickets were confirmed yesterday morning and that gave me just 2 days to wipe my kitchen clean( … and of course counting my efforts of trying to empty my store since the past couple of weeks). I’ve been seeing cornmeal cakes lately on blogs, and so when i saw some bulgur wheat in my store i wondered if i could do the same with it ? I was excited in a childish sort of way … i thought maybe i’m the first one to try it … but perhaps not. Either ways i had to make it sever since i thought of it, so i got on it. I used olive oil instead of butter, used equal amts of flour, tabolueh, sugar n oil, and added some milk assuming the tabolueh will need some liquid to soak up and soften. Added some chopped figs and pinenuts for that middle eastern touch and served it with some grenadine sherbet. The cake was nice n moist, the fig added a wonderful sweetness in every bite, and the nuts the earthy nutty flavour. And hey – its even healthy !!! Everything about it was wonderful, but i would change one thing the next time i make it. I was hoping the tabolueh would soften totally in the baking process but i didn’t. This one had a slight bite to it. It may work for some of you, as i know the people whom i shared it with, loved it and wanted the recipe right away. But if u like it softer in texture then i recommend soaking the tabolueh in hot milk for 5-7 mins, u don’t want it totally soft as it will further soften while baking.Then add it to the cake batter.Here is the recipe for what i call my Middle Eastern Stunt.

  • 200gms olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 200gms golden caster sugar
  • 200gms small bulgur wheat/tabolueh, soaked in 100 ml hot milk
  • 200gms flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 100ml semi skimmed milk
  • handful of chopped dried figs
  • 6-7 dried figs sliced
  • handful of lightly toasted pinenuts

Start with preheating your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Soak the tabolueh in some hot milk for 5-7 mins, just till it softens half way.Drain out the excess milk if there is some. Don’t want to make it too soft or u’ll have mush in the cake, and we are looking for a wonderful firm bite-able texture. Leaving the last two ingredients mix everything else in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Mix well and let it rest for about 5 mins and the pour into a cake tin. Evenly sprinkle the fig slices and pinenuts all over the top and bake at 180 degrees celcius for 40 mins or till knife come out clean. This will definately vary as my oven is kinda conked to watch your cake and check it after 30 mins.

And as i go, i would like to leave you with the wonderful produce fro m my very own garden. Mulberries (which by the way are very few) , local Ghanian tomatoes which are very juicy an full of flavour, french beans and the local Ghanian habanero chilli – peppe,which are still very tiny.

These are some of the things i’m growing along with all the other wonderful veggies and herbs i’ve already shared with you here and here. The chinese cabbage and okra are still not ready, for me to take pictures and share. But i managed to pluck off some french beans for this salad and of course my already famous red radishes. Fortunately my guard and his family are staying in this house and will watch and take care of my garden till i come back.

This is a wonderful salad,very filling and a meal in itself. I usually use more of yogurt instead of mayonnaise as its lighter, less fattening and the potatoes tend to soak it all up. Boil potatoes in salted water till soft, boil the french beans for 3-4 mins and plunge in cold water, thinly slice the red radish, slice some spring onion, and wash some corriander and set aside. For the dressing u’ll need one tsp mayonnaise and 2 tbsp yogurt, a squeeze of lemon, lots of freshly ground black pepper, salt n olive oil. Toss the potatoes and beans in the dressing, add the radishes and spring onion and garnish with the corriander.

Thought i’d take a little time out from all the running around, to enjoy the outdoors before i head back. We don’t really get this much space anywhere else. So i made myself a little picnic basket and had my lunch in style in the garden. And now i sit writing this post, kinda sad and taking your leave, promising to get back soon. Will try and put up pictures from Bombay. Ciao !!!

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noreply@blogger.com (Marianna)

Aaah! Everything looks so delicious! And Im so jealous that you get to enjoy picnics outdoors! It’s freezing here!

noreply@blogger.com (Jeena)

Now that is what I call a treat. It looks fantastic! Great recipe and you make it sound so simple too. Olive is great to use instead of butter it is so much healthier. Great post, have a nice time away. 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (maybahay)

kate, the pictures just want me to sit in your garden, put my feet up and enjoy the cake. clever idea with the ingredients.
beautiful veges, too! have a nice trip home.

noreply@blogger.com (Mishmash !)

you did deserve that picnic after all that that cooking and cleaning :)Have a safe journey and hope to see you soon 🙂
Shn

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

Such a pretty picnic & this cake sounds yummy! Have a great trip back home…can’t wait to see more from HK & India.

noreply@blogger.com (nixtress)

Have a safe trip!!

noreply@blogger.com (Asha)

Scrumptious!!:)

noreply@blogger.com (Annemarie)

Hope you enjoy your trip – and well done for getting some last minute baking done before you left. It sounds like a very impressive use of ingredients I would have never thought of using that way.

noreply@blogger.com (Cakespy)

This looks crazy good. I adore pine nuts, and what a nice picnic. Looks idyllic!

noreply@blogger.com (Frapp)

Hmm…I don’t like nuts very much, can you taste them quite strongly in the cake? Love the blog, added you to my favourites =)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Marianna i was sure i’d be teasing my readers in the colder countries with these pics 😛 are’nt i wicked “P

Jeena , olive oil is a better substitute to butter. I’ll be using it more often now.

maybahay you are most welcome to join me :D, n thnx , i’m in Bombay now , its nice to be here.

Shn , well i guess i do 😛 thanks for your good wishes

Mo …HK is still far away , in Bombay now , and feel really good to be back here. Will try n post as soon as i can squeeze in the time.

Nix …thanks

cakespy … hehe it was indeed crazy , but it turned out good 😀

Frapp aww why ?? if u are not allergic u should give them a change. I’m sure u come around to liking them. Thanks for adding me on.

noreply@blogger.com (Rachel)

Wow, That is deinitely a visual treat!
Lovely veggies from your garden. Luscious plump tomatoes…refreshing salad..

And enjoy your trip..

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

I hope you have a wonderful time in Bombay!!

noreply@blogger.com (Chris)

Sounds wonderful! I adore pine nuts! I could live on them!

noreply@blogger.com (Dhanggit)

as always great alfesco food proposition! i love the way you put life in all your photos ..i feel like i’m actually there enjoying the beautiful scenery and most importantly the good food :-)by the way i love the Ghanian tomatoes..green and sweet..:-)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Rachel, thanks …the veggies are a wonderful treat.

Deborah …i am 😀

Chris …me too i simply adore them !

Dhanggit ..hehe thanks … photos are such an important of every post i think. and have u tried them ?? they really juicy and sweet.

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

Your pictures are as inspiring as always, like your garden and plants too 🙂

Safe journey!

noreply@blogger.com (Zen Chef)

Oh my, this gotta be the best picnic ever! If you ever need someone to carry your bags let me know! hehe Will work for food! 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Nora B.)

Hi Kate,
Yay!!! You’re finally off! This picnic is a lovely way to spend your last days there. And you creation of Middle Eastern Stunt is fabulous.

Looking forward to hear more about your Bombay adventures.

x nora

noreply@blogger.com (Eva)

Lovely photos! How very fitting that I’ve passed on the “droolworthy blogger” award to you! Come and check it out:
http://sweet-sins.blogspot.com/2007/11/food-photography-award-and-competition.html

noreply@blogger.com (skrockodile)

Not just teasing your readers in colder climates but how about us New York city dwellers who only dream of gardens? Lovely. So clearly I have not been following from the beginning – were are you going back to????

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Kelly-Jane , thanks you very much 😀

Zen Chef … haha i always need help, the more the merrier !!! anytime u feel like booking a ticket to Africa, feel free to drop by 😛

Nora … yes !!! and i’m in Bombay , going crazy eating all the street food and enjoying the city i was born n grew up in.

Eva …hey thanks so much. I’m honoured to receive such an award.I will definitely drop by.

Skrockodile , hehe i have the same problem with my house in HongKong. Too small an apartment , let alone a balcony !!! So always make the best of what i get… i live in 3 countries , Africa , India and Hong Kong …just left Africa , am here in Bombay and will head off to HK and then be back in a couple of months to A !!! Quite a nomad huh !

noreply@blogger.com (myfrenchkitchen)

By the time you get this comment, you’ll be all settled in bombay. I hope you’ll have a ball while you’re there and you’re so right…life puts us where we need to be, so we might as well make the most of it! I love your salad, made with all those fresh ingredients
Ronell

noreply@blogger.com (Shantanu)

Chanced into your blog today. I must say the photos here are extraordinary. Will be back to read all these yummy posts some more. 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (tigerfish)

Such a beautiful salad for the garden! I get what you mean about space. I’m going to miss the space I have now, after I move 🙁

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog.
You have a nice blog. 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Katy)

Everything looks beautiful — and I am so jealous of your travelling!!! Can’t WAIT to see the pictures from India!

noreply@blogger.com (Dana)

Safe travels! This case looks quite tasty :). How long will you be in Bombay?

noreply@blogger.com (Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy)

Beautiful pictures! I hope you have something to share when you get back – I am going to India in December!!

noreply@blogger.com (Linda)

how lovely. fantastic photography as always. and it looks so delicious! i love this dish!

noreply@blogger.com (sagari)

looks deleciousss

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Ronell , yes i am well settled and i am making the most of my time here, spending all my time with family and attending a couple of weddings and all, its the wedding season here so its to much fun. Really needed all this after my 6 boring months in Africa 🙂 Thanks

Shantanu , i’m glad u liked it , hope to see u around.

tigerfish ..:) u know ! where u moving from and where to ?

Katy ..hehe travelling is fun , but sometimes it can be a bit annoying :). i still havent taken any pics here ….thanks for reminding me , need to get my camera out.

Sara , hey where in India are you going ?

Linda …thanks !

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Asha , hey i’m sorry i think i lost your comments earlier. JuST FOUND IT …Thanks !!

Sagari 😀

noreply@blogger.com (daphne)

oh nice!!! what a lovely basket of food. I love to have a slice of that! Love the use of pinenuts too.

noreply@blogger.com (Lubna)

My first time here…love your gorgeous photographs!
Happy eating while you are in Bombay :p
Keep up the good work.

Lubna.

noreply@blogger.com (Coffee & Vanilla)

Kate,
Wonderful photos like always.
I want to let you know that you are winner of November IFP, please follow the link to collect your trophy 🙂

http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=961

Margot

noreply@blogger.com (Susan from Food Blogga)

Wishing you a safe and happy journey!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Daphne, feel free to pick up a slice 😛

Lubna , u are welcome to my stream…and thanks…i am having a gala time pigging out here !!!

Margot,that is just fantastic, u really made my day , i’m going to show of my trophy very proudly !!! thanks so much honey 😀

Susan …Thanks 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (M&Ms...)

kajal! fab idea. ooh wish i had got on the internet earlier and read your post. am currently in mumbai but leaving for london tonight! would have loved to meet the person behind this brilliant blog. some other time. have a great time in bombay!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Oh i cant believe i we missed each other ! maybe next time. How was your stay here ? visiting your family or just a holiday …. ?? i’m going to be here for a while, so definitely making the most of it.

noreply@blogger.com (M&Ms...)

Hi..Was on a short holiday, visiting family and friends…and ofcourse, enjoying the warm weather 🙂
Back to the cold now with a terrible cold 🙁
.. enjoy Mumbai!

noreply@blogger.com (Oh for the love of food!)

Simply LOVELY, Kate!
Hope you are having a ball in Bombay!

noreply@blogger.com (Suzana)

Hi Kate, it’s my first time and I love it! Your photos are beautiful and so are the recipes. I’ll be back to read it all!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

oh … its terrible getting back to the cold weather. Hopefully it will pass soon.

Oh for the love of food , yes i am ! 😛

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

Looks like the stunt was a hit kate! I loved it..it’s got so many unique ingredients like bulgar, and figs with pine nuts??!! wow, I’d love to have a bit of that cake:)

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

I’m adding you to my blogroll right now!! I have a food blog of my own, check it out, and if you think it worthy enough maybe you can add me to your blogroll?:)

-Mansi

noreply@blogger.com (Gattina)

have a wonderful time! Everything looks gorgeous… can’t resist that lovely fruit dangling on vines… and can’t resist to give a big bite to this nutty torte!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Mansi , u said it right …it was a hit ! and honey i’ve been to your blog before and so have you been here. U are the star gujju cook, with your wonderful mouthwatering dishes. would love to add you to my blogroll.

Gattina , hehe its difficult to control is’nt it, imagine me i have to watch those fruits patiently everyday till they grow slowly before i can eat them. But its totally worth it 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (maybahay)

hi, missing your posts. hope you are having fun. i’ve tagged you for a MeMe. only if you’re interested of course!

noreply@blogger.com (Rachel)

Congratulation s on winning!

noreply@blogger.com (DEEPA)

enjoy your time , have fun …i wish i could have some of them …

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