Trying to be better and baking the same cake

I started a food blog to be better cook, to learn new things, to make better photos. And it works. I managed to over come my fear of yeast cakes. I grew my own bread starter (and I haven’t killed it yet). But there is still a lot of to learn. One of my targets is to eat more local and seasonal products. My guru is Bea. She lives in Switzerland and is the master of local, seasonal eating. One look at her blog and you know exactly what is in season, she shops at local farms. She is also the biggest pumpkin fun I know, just check her photos here.

I grow up in small town. My grandma used to breed chickens. My parents have quite big garden, where they would grow almost anything from onions, carrots, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, apples, plums, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, etc. So I would always eat seasonally, well I would even try to rebel against it sometimes. Especially if you eat a bowl of strawberries fourth week in the row, because sometimes you dream about something else, like chocolate. I would be more than happy now with these amounts of fruits and veggies. I would have known solutions like strawberry ice cream, strawberry tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry jam, or maybe strawberry vodka. Probably I would be so tired that I would have strawberries dreams as well, but the possibilities are endless.

But I’m away from home, in different country. I don’t have a garden. The climate is different. We moved so even the neighborhood is different. It’s time to find new places to shop and fight the bad habits.
We went to visit local market.We’ve got lovely French baguette, Italian pesto and pasta, delicious Irish cheese, but when we checked fruits and veggies they were almost all from Spain, Holland or other places. Only greens were from Ireland. I couldn’t even find Irish strawberries. Are they out of season?
I still need a guide that will inspire me and teach me what are the best bits in season. Where are you my Irish version of Bea? I need enliven my diet, eat more veggies.

What about you? Do you eat seasonally? Do you eat enough veggies? Maybe you even grow your own.

Anyway because I felt it’s time for some nice summery cake I bought lovely Spanish plums.

I thought I will introduce you to a new recipe but I end up doing the same cake as last year. It is ready in no time and you can throw any fruits you have – blueberries, plums, strawberries, apples. Almonds will add a little bit of crunch.

Here is the recipe for almond plum cake, try it and you won’t regret it.

What is your favorite summer cake?plum almond cake-3856

 

6 thoughts on “Trying to be better and baking the same cake

  1. I totally understand the challenges of eating in season when living in a climate that’s not as summery as what we’re used to. Here, in British Columbia, the wet sea climate does not give us the sun ripened strawberries or the sweet cherries I’d enjoyed when living in Poland. But let us not despair. Your Irish cheeses sure make up for a the lack of local strawberries, the same way I enjoy the fresh greens happily growing here in January. Oh, the ways we’re able to compromise. And your almond plum cake is sure a good way to do just that. Hugs. Gosia

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    • Hey Gosia, I will try to eat as many greens as I can 😀 Yes, Irish cheese is really good and you must believe Irish strawberries are very sweet and delicious. South of Ireland is more sunny and warm, so there is no problem with finding them, but they are really expensive. And I miss variety of plums and cherries or even blueberries, I hate when they sell them in these tiny boxes of 130g. But I still enjoy living and eating in Ireland 🙂

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  2. I like eating in season but I have to admit here in Ireland is very very difficult to be very seasonal. I like cakes with apricot but here is very very very difficult to find good ones for an affordable price. Anyway, apple pie is always a must… 😀

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  3. I love that idea about why to start a food blog, because then, even if you didn’t think about it at first, you want to improve, and especially, you always want to learn something something new, and you have new aims. It satisfying having a blog 😉 About eating seasonally, I dare I don’t do it. I would love it, but, it’s not always easy. Sometimes cos you search what it’s not in season, sometimes because you see that the fruit it could be from your country, they sell it from other place.But, anyway, with those plums, the cake is really nice!! I have a favourite recipe, similar to yours (but with almond flour) and then I use one or another fruit (spanish or not 😛 ), my favourite for summer is with cherry and banana, or the one with raspberry and lemon! 🙂 I have to tray with plums and orange zest as this! 🙂

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    • Yes, blogs are cool for a lot of reasons.I adore people who can eat seasonally. I think it is just better for us, and it is good way to appreciate seasons. But yes, I’m quite bad with it.Oh I know a lot of similar recipes and they are always delicious. I bet your is nice as well. Although for me banana is such a winter fruit 😉 But I need to try them with cherries, as I actually never tried.

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