Cardamon Vanilla Pound Cake

News of Gourmet magazine’s future demise is disheartening. I’ve been trying to find the time to make this recipe since it appeared in the March 2009 issue. Between work, aspirations and promising myself, “If I do five days of exercise, I give myself permission to bake a cake,” I still haven’t found time to test this recipe. I thought I’ll salvage this recipe before Gourmet magazine’s website goes under. If you’ve made this recipe before me, let know how it comes out. Especially, if your version is different than Gourmet magazine’s version.

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Roast Japanese Eggplant

Roast Japanese Eggplant

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. rice-vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • (Optional) A pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower or safflower oil
  • 5 Japanese eggplants; chopped into about 1-in. pieces
  • Garnish: Thinly sliced scallions

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil for easier clean up.
  2. Whisk vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger, garlic, salt, both peppers and oil to make the sauce.
  3. Toss the sauce with the chopped eggplant.
  4. Place eggplants in the oven and roast for 35 to 45 min or until they’re just starting to brown.
  5. Garnish with sliced scallions and serve.
Japanese Eggplant

Lavender Pound Cake

Lavender Pound Cake
Lavender Pound Cake

Please Note: This post was updated on Wed., Aug. 11, 2010.

During the weekend, a visit was scheduled to help a girlfriend who recently moved into an apartment. I can sympathize with anyone’s move. I once moved three times in one year. The experience of packing and unpacking is exhaustive. Being upended from familiar friends, a neighborhood and an apartment are unsettling. Moving has never been a good transition. I have the personal horror stories to validate horrid feelings.

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