Date and Walnut Cake

Gochugaru Girl has had a long and tiring day. Despite starting at six in the morning, nothing revives her more than baking a cake (or three) to end the day.


I have some dates in my store cupboard which were bought on a recent trip to Dubai.  Given its Middle Eastern origins, it is surprising that dates as an ingredient is mentioned only twice in the Bible.


Banana, Walnut and Cardamom Cake

Gochugaru Girl loves baking cakes, but the nature of city life means that there is often not enough time to fuss about with complicated recipes. Neither does she want to give in to instant but inferior-tasting cake mixes.


One of my favourite cakes is banana cake, owing to its accommodating nature. It is possible to make a plain banana cake, or to add one or several complementing ingredients into the batter before baking. An additional advantage is that all the overripe bananas hanging around the fruit bowl, attracting interest only from fruit flies, can be put to good use.