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Orange cake

Queens cake

80grams butter


1 cup sugar


1 egg


1tsp vanilla essence


1 cup chopped dates


1 cup boiling water


1tsp bicarbonate soda


1 1/2 cups plain flour


1 tsp baking powder


1/2 tsp salt


1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Pre-heat oven to 180C

Place dates, boiling water and bicarbonate of soda into a saucepan and stir over a low heat until dates are soft and pulpy. Set aside and allow to cool



Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and beat well



Stir in date mixture and add walnuts

Fold in the flour, salt and baking powder



Pour into a greased 25x25cm tin and bake at 180C for 40-50 minutes or until cake springs bake went touched



Cool on a wire rack

Source ABC – http://www.abc.net.au/local/recipes/2013/06/05/3238611.htm

Paneer capsicum curry

(A Railway Curry: A Railway curry is me trying to replicate the taste of the subzi of the railway station puri-subzi. This is a made up recipe – possibly a bit generic)

250 g paneer, cubed small

1/2 cup of vegetable oil, I used rice bran oil

One dry red chilli

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

One onion, chopped fine

One tsp grated ginger

Two cloves garlic, chopped fine

One green chilli, chopped fine

A pinch turmeric

A pinch red chilli powder

2 tsp garam masala

2 tbsp plain flour

One green capsicum, chopped small

Salt to taste

Fry the paneer in the oil, and set aside In the oil fry the red chilli, mustard seeds, then onion. Add garlic, green chilli and ginger. Fry till well cooked. Add turmeric, red chilli powder and garam masala. Stir well then add the flour and keep stirring. Add capsicum, stir with a sprinkle of water. Add the paneer and cook with two cups of water. Salt to taste.

Semolina orange cake

1 cup sugar

11/2 cups vegetable oil (I used Olive which gives the cake a bitter after taste, not advised)

4 eggs

Zest and juice of 1 orange

2 cups semolina

1 cup self-raising flour

11/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 165 dec C

Place sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, orange zest and juice into a bowl

Mix with a hand mixer until ingredients are well combined

Stir together semolina, flour and baking powder until combined, then slowly add it to the wet ingredients while mixing.

Grease baking tin ( I used a silicone mould)

Bake at 165 deg C for 45- 50 minutes, until golden brown ad the cake is firm in the middle.

Source – http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/semolina-cake-L9625.html

Simple vanilla cake with icing

My first commission – to bake for a ten year old.

(the cake was a disaster – baked too long and turned out too dry. To redeem myself I baked again two days later – and it turned out okay)