I have to start this post by saying I am so relieved that America has elected Barak Obama as our next president. I am taking this as an indication that there is still some sanity present in this country. Hopefully we can all move forward and start fixing the horrifying mess made by George W. Bush. We here at Rabelais think the man should be arrested and punished for the things he did to this nation.
But on to more pertinent matters. We shared the election night festivities with our good friends Stewart and Lela at their farm. Many delicious foods were consumed but there is one in particular that I need to share with you:
This is the Apple and Olive Oil Cake with Maple Icing from Ottolenghi, The cookbook. Holy crap, Batman, this is insanely good! I used three different local apples: a Macoun, a Spencer and a Jonagold. No butter, olive oil instead, a couple of eggs, including two beaten whites for levity, golden raisins(my preference) and a little cinnamon. Baked slowly at a low temp in a springform pan, you then slice and fill with the most wonderful cream cheese/maple syrup/brown sugar/butter icing. This one is going in to the repertoire for future re-use. A truly marvelous thing to do with apples. This Ottolenghi book is a British import, so many of our favorites these days come from the Brits. Not sure what is in the water over there but they have taken the local/seasonal concept to it’s nth degree and damn if their food isn’t GOOD.