Lemon Olive Oil Cake

5 lemons (rinds grated and juice rendered)

1 teacup fine caster sugar

3 fresh eggs

1 1/2 heaping teacups polenta

About a tablespoon rosemary, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1.2 tablespoon baking soda

Pinch of sea salt

Squirt of agave

3/4 teacup good olive oil

I greased an 8” cake pan, grated four lemon rinds and rubbed them with 2/3 cup of sugar.

I juiced the lemons and poured half into the sugar mix, whisking with the three eggs.

I combined the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, to which I added the sugar mixture, and the olive oil.

I poured my mixture into the prepared tin and into the 360 degree oven it went.

Next up: the glaze. In a small saucepan I added a sprig of rosemary to the remaining lemon juice and sugar, brought this to a boil, added a squeeze of agave and, after a finger dip, the juice and rind of one more lemon. I let steep while the cake baked for 40 minutes.

When the cake was done I perforated it all over with a fine fork and poured the sugar syrup over it. I let it cool in the tin for half an hour, before turning it out onto a plate.

Illustrations by Leanne Shapton

Adapted from In the Night Kitchen


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I recently read a novel called Normal People by Sally Rooney. I enjoyed this book so much.

It’s written in 3rd person POV. It’s about the relationship between wealthy and unpopular Marianne Sheridan and working class and popular Connell Waldron. Both Marianne and Connell are gifted students at their high school in Sligo County, Ireland. Later on, we see the two at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne’s mother works as a lawyer and Connell’s mother works as a cleaner for the Waldrons. Marianne’s family is troubled and emotionally unavailable. Connell was raised by his single mum in a nurturing environment.

This book helped me to better understand myself. For instance, I learned that my mum really instilled a sense of right and wrong in me. It’s useful, but sometimes I get so caught up in doing the right thing that it’s debilitating.

I learned that it’s okay to take a pause before answering questions.

I learned that context is everything. In one setting, you could be popular, but in another, you may be unpopular.

Normal People helped me better understand some of my (peculiar) behaviors.


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