It always appears as if time has got wings and flies away in a wink. Just a few days ago, I was busy posting recipes in the regular blogging marathon and worried about the mega marathon and now, the mega marathon is here. Time really flies fast!!!
Coming on to my worries, my cause of worry was that with all my responsibilities and my kids’ exams, I find it difficult to post the recipes in a week, but in the mega marathon, I’ll have to post one recipe each day of the month and that too in the middle of my kids’ exams ??… (mind you, kid’s exams means mom’s exams these days ?). So, it seemed like an impossible task.
While others were sending in their confirmations for the mega marathon, I was still in a dilemma whether I’ll be able to participate or not. (Even my husband sometimes makes fun of my nature of always being in a dilemma and I always give the same answer – I’m a Gemini and dual nature is a strong personality trait of ours). A part of me was urging me to plunge in while the other half was shouting – it’s gonna be too much stress…..
Ever since I started participating in the blogging marathons, I was waiting for this mega event. Now that it’s here, I’m stressed out because of an irrational fear of not being able to complete it. I always tell my students that we should deal with our stresses head-on and not cower behind in fear of losing. Now is the time that I should apply all these words to myself and win over all my fears and complete this mega marathon with faith.
Srivalli, the mastermind behind this wonderful event had come out with crazy ideas and options for this mega carnival. We can either select one ingredient or category for the whole month and post 26 recipes (one for each day, excluding the Sundays) or we can opt for five ingredients or categories in total (one for each week). Again my Gemini characteristic of being undecided stepped in and after a lot of brainstorming and weighing all my options, I zeroed in on five different ingredients. So, in this cooking mega carnival, I’ll be posting my recipes under the theme 5 ingredients 5 weeks.
The ingredient for the first week is Saffron. It’s the most expensive spice but the flavor and richness it imparts to the dish is worth every penny spent on it. This singular spice can transform a simple dish to a special one. The first in this series of special dishes is Saffron Lemon Blueberry Cake.
Ingredients For Cake
|All purpose flour||1 cup
|Baking powder||1 teaspoon
|Baking soda||½ teaspoon
|Sugar ||¾ cup|
|Yogurt ||¼ cup|
|Milk ||½ cup|
|Lemon rind ||1 teaspoon|
|Lemon juice ||1 teaspoon|
For Lemon Caramel Sauce
|Sugar ||½ cup|
|Lemon juice ||1 tablespoon|
- Put saffron in 2 teaspoons of warm milk and keep it for about 30 minutes so that maximum flavor is released.
- Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
- In another bowl, take sugar, yogurt and oil. Beat well till the sugar dissolves.
- Add milk and saffron and beat again.
- Dust blueberries with 1 teaspoon of flour so that they get coated with flour. This prevents their sinking to the bottom of the batter.
- Add flour mix to the wet ingredients with a spatula
- Fold in blueberries and transfer the batter to the greased pan.
- Bake in preheated oven at 170 C. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it doesn’t com e out clean, bake for another couple of minutes. Mine was done in 35 minutes.
For lemon caramel sauce
- Take sugar in a pan. Add 2 tablespoons of water along the sides of the pan.
- Heat the contents without stirring. Initially it will liquify, then color will start changing. Just swirl the pan, don’t stir it.
- When whole of it has got caramelized, take off the flame. Stir in lemon juice and butter. It will become frothy for a while, then subsides. Pour it warm over the cake and serve.