Jan 3, 2010

9 Back To Tradition

Christmas 2009 I did something I hadn't done in years. I went back to tradition did a lot of baking. I baked the old traditional cakes (black fruit cake/sponge cakes) in addition to breads, sweet breads and a not so traditional rather much by request chocolate cake. I had the fruits for the black cake soaking for over 2 years in wine, yes I said 2 years and no it wasn't spoilt or rancid in fact it was perfect and infused with the wine.
My baking yeiled:
  • Black fruit cakes
  • Sponge Cakes
  • Chocolate Cakes
  • The Breads - which were a combination of flaxseed+whole-wheat+oats with teff/soy/five roses/durum flour one set with raisins, currants and dried blueberry and almonds one set without. They were fabulous and packed with vitamins and no preservatives.
My family were surprised when I made our traditional black fruit cakes because they assumed I couldn't make it simply because I didn't, though many attempt to make this cake not all taste are palatable in fact some are down right nasty. I haven't made the cake for many years partly because it reminded me of my grandmother that passed some years ago however this year I decided I would take a step back into tradition make it and they were absolutely fabulous. My mother kept eathing it and saying "My God, I didn't know you could bake this cake, it is so good, hmmmmm...from now on you will be making this cake, mmmmm".

There was also our traditional homemade drinks, Sorrel, Gingerbeer, Punch-a-creme and Mauby. All the variety tastes was simply a heavenly slice of home (Trinidad, Island in the Caribbean Sea).

9 comments:

  1. I think I gained about 5 lbs during the holidays. If I'd been around your house I guess I might have gained more like 10 or 15. Sounds like some great stuff.
    Lee
    http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

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  2. The black fruit cake sounds so tasty! I can bake but mine is basic at the best.

    Happy New Year!

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  3. Hi DSB:)

    I am amazed at your profile photo. Two shiny eyes closely watching me:)Perhaps this is the fist step to removal of the purdah, the veil that Muslim women wear.

    I am thrilled to note that you have gone back to tradition and made wonderful,delicious cakes. If your mother enjoyed it means the cake must have been really good. Please send a piece to me. I will be delighted:)

    This new year I also broke the habit of sitting in front of the TV and watching entertainment programs. I went to the midnight mass and celebreated the New Year with prayers, ringing bells, fire crackers and eating a laddu in the church-and Indian sweet- along with other parishners.

    While the mass was going on, I could hear revellers shouting, dancing and singing in drunken stupor.

    I suppose we celebrate new year in different ways. But I was glad that I went to the church for a change and started the new year with God's blessings.

    Wish you everything in abundance-HEALTH, HAPPINESS,SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY.
    Joseph:)

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  4. Hi Rhapsoddy,
    Your Trini Christmas sounds perfect, lwish I could come by for a slice of black cake and a glass of puncha crema.
    Kee[ wa rm amd happy.
    Love,
    Herrad
    ps did you soak the fruit in wine? I thought it was rum for the dark colour.

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  5. I'm one such a Cake-lover. I'm a special fan of Fruit Cakes and you are making me drool now...Hey are you a native of West Indies? I didn't know that. You know,its a country I adore pretty good,ofcourse,only next to my mother country(India). Have a Nice Day....

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  6. A mouth watering post.How I wish I could partake of some of the cakes and breads that you had made. Sorry for not visiting your blog for long

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  7. thanx for visit, happy 2010!
    Ciao, Luis

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  8. Hi Rhapsody,
    Please come by my blog and pick up your awards.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  9. Sounds brilliant. I can't imagine beginning any recipe two years before! But to bring those traditions back, well, you saw the payoff.

    (I lived with a beautiful family once from Trinadad. They were transplanted in St. Vincent and The Grenadines and that is where I stayed with them. It was a wonderful time.)

    xo
    erin

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