The last time I remember doing was commenting that I really needed to get started on my Fiesta Friday post. That was for the last Fiesta Friday. And then, before I knew it, it was already next Friday. And so here I am.
But regardless of whether this is actually a late FF#72 post or an on-time FF#73 post, happy FF! It is, weekly and without fail, hosted by Angie, the Novice Gardener, and this week co-hosted by one of my favourite baking bloggers, Michelle of Giraffes can Bake, and favourite blogging aunt, Cooking with Aunt Juju.
I’ve brought another herb-y sort of cake this week. It’s quite refreshing and has a lovely gentle dill taste that isn’t too strong, but still distinctively present. The only problem is that eating this cake made me really, really want to eat some gravlax.
(Or was that a problem? Maybe it was just a bit disconcerting.)
This cake was certainly much better than the last roll cake I attempted. I really like this cake recipe that I found on the wonderfully inspiring Coconut Craze blog (Sridevi always brings something lovely to Fiesta Friday)–I like the size, the ease with which the batter spreads evenly in the pan, and it rolled much, much better.
I also appreciated how the recipe has guidelines on how many times you should fold! I’ve mentioned this a number of times, but once more doesn’t hurt: I do tend to beat all the air out of anything when I’m folding. The recipe guidelines provided a handy bit of reassurance. However my filling (a slightly arbitrary mixture of cream, lemon curd and meringue) was a disaster; it tasted nice–very light and creamy and sweet, but it was much too runny and didn’t hold its shape. It was not exactly suitable for this sort of cake, making it very difficult to roll without losing most of the filling! Perhaps had I allowed it to sit in the fridge for a while it might have slightly firmed up.
I meant to make this cake once more to work on the filling, but our dill plant has become infested with aphids… I’ll return to it someday, though I think the way to go would simply be lemon curd and whipped cream (perhaps double the lemon curd).
The next herbs to work on are parsley and cilantro. Those two I find impossible to separate from savoury food in my head, maybe because I use them so often, but they should be easier than chives and its slight onion-y sort of flavour.
(Really, just what would you do with that? Though I’m sure there must be a way!)