After traveling around Europe the past 4 days I am really glad to be back home again. Although I am really happy to get out and about and appreciate that my job allows me this possibility, I still find coming back home the best part.
I actually wrote part of this post sitting in the train to Hannover and I already knew then, that when I get back home, Tom and Soeren will be at the train station waiting to pick me up. Soeren will spot me in the crowd and with a huge grin and gleaming eyes he will run into my arms. THAT is the pure joy of returning home.
So, the Monthly Mingle 8 theme Savory Cakes theme really got your heads steaming.
"Ever since I saw Meeta's invite to join the Savory Cakes Monthly Mingle, I've been planning. Savory cake is a brilliant idea, but difficult to pull off. How do you make a cake savory?"
- Chelsea Greigh, Bon Vivant
"I wanted to participate in this month's Monthly Mingle, (hosted by Meeta) mainly because I am intrigued by the idea of savory cakes."
- Chris, Melle Cotte
"Meeta’s Monthy Mingle theme for March had me a bit stumped."
- Ylee, Lemonpi
These were just a few of the comments you will read. Let me tell you though, you all outdid yourself fantastically and my challenge was well reciprocated. What you are about to see is truly an incredible selection of creative savory cakes. Exotic ingredients, fresh vegetables, and aromatic flavors were all used to make these wonderful cakes. Thank you all for being so clever, imaginative and most of all for accepting the challenge!
Before I get to the roundup I'd like to share the theme to the next Monthly Mingle.
Ready for MM 9?
This time I am narrowing the theme down to a particular cuisine. It is a cuisine enjoyed by many around the world. Famous for it's use of fresh ingredients, intriguing blend of spices and the social meaning behind the meals. The people from this region believe that food is a way to get together with friends and family members and enjoy the simple things in life. They sit together over several courses, eating, talking and mingling.
The cuisine I am talking about is the Arabic cuisine. Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Persian Gulf countries are just a few countries that belong to this region. Although the type of dishes served are the same they are prepared very differently in each country.
So, your homework this month is to prepare a specific dish from one of these wonderful countries. Anything that catches your taste-buds - a certain dish from the ever famous mezzeh, a dish prepared with fresh vegetables, chicken, kebabs, baklava - the list is long and the choice might be a little difficult. For those new to this type of cuisine try out one of the more popular recipes like hummus, tabouleh or baba ganoug. Others who have often prepared these dishes, venture out and try something else. A little more challenging perhaps.
Bring your offerings to my "Arabian Nights" Mingle, where we can enjoy your delectable dishes over some belly dancing and pots of warm spiced tea.
Here's how it works:
- Create a dish that fits this theme. Blog about it anytime from now till April 11th, 2007.
- Email me your entry with your name, the name of your blog and your permalink by April 11th, 2007.
- In your post please include a link to this post and/or the MM logo, so your readers get a chance to mingle with us.
- Please send only one entry per blog. If you do not have a blog, simply email your entry, with a picture (if you would like me to add a picture) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add the Monthly Mingle calendar to your own Google calendar!
Browse through the previous Monthly Mingles.
And now I present the Savory Cakes from around the Blog-o-sphere!
Dolores sent her entry to my old Hotmail address. But when she wrote to me and mentioned it in the comments section and in an email I just had to put it in the main post. You must take a look at the incredible creation Dolores serves up. Her Crab and wild mushroom cheesecake highly deserves the honor of being centerpiece to any dinner party.
Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Philippines - Isis job takes her away to some of the most exotic places in the World. She, however, always finds time to prepare something for the Monthly Mingle. Someone who has not missed even one of my mingles since it started, she always amazes me. This time she also finds time and bakes a cheesy and bacony cake.
Petra goes in search of a traditional Tourtière. Along with some really interesting information she bakes an amazing Tourtière Bonne Femme. It looks soo good!
Lydia serves us a popular cakes amongst the Chinese, Malaysian and Singaporean communities. For us her yam cake sounds incredibly exotic and looks delicious.
I am sure you have all heard of upside-down-cakes. Pineapples, cranberries and peaches are some of the usual ingredients that would be used in such a cake. Viji presents us with a Veggies Corn Meal Upside-Down Cake
The ever creative Asha does it again. She brings Mediterranean flair to the mingle with her Mediterranean Savory Cake
Although she was a little confused as to where to categorize savory cakes, Anisha joins us with her lovely Veggie Cake.
Cake? Bread? Bri decided that her contribution for the MM would be called a cake and uses some of the feared zucchini she was forced to freeze in the summer. What she created was a delicious Cheddar Zucchini Cake.
Arfi's creation are always exclusive. This time it's no different. She harmonizes fruit with cheese to make Pine Nut Wafers with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Pears.
Shabneez needed a sugarless bribe so she bakes a Italian Savory Corn Cake.
In March St. Patrick's day is celebrated and Rachel wanted to cook up something Irish. And she does! Irish Apple Potato Cakes - a brilliant combination.
Other delicacies. I love these delicacies that Marie-Laure creates. I enjoy reading her blog for two reasons - great recipes and I can improve my rusty French. This time Marie, brings Surimi and carrots cakes.
Swapna bakes a carrot cake to celebrate her husband's birthday. Looks great!
Burcu adds Turkish flair with her Savory Cornmeal Cake.
Susan has me captivated! I love her stories. This time she shares a wonderful story about her generous dad and his food packets. Using one of the olive oils sent by her dad she finally does justice to her Italian roots and bakes a Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Lemon. Simple yet so elegant!
Yet another brilliant creation comes from Bee and Jai. Together they create very healthy Spinach and Spring Onion Scones. Perfect for kids of all ages.
Chelsea makes my mouth water. She planned long and hard and finally came up with a masterpiece. Her Goat Cheese Green Chile Cheesecakes are just up my alley. Don't they make your mouth water?
Chris has conversion issues but still manages to bake a aromatic Mediterranean Savory Cake.
Was Jessica's husband really torturing her? Read her post and you decide. In my opinion a moist Olive and bacon cake is not a proper torturing tool.
Susan was inspired by the theme of the MM and makes a Cake O Eggplant. Yummy!
Sushma makes a well known Indian style cake and soothes herself with a piece of Dhokla and a steaming cup of tea.
Zucchinis are also used in Brigitte's creation. From Singapore she sends a gorgeous looking Zucchini cake on tomato-sage-sauce.
Simple but perfect for all occasions. That is what Anh's cake shouts. She uses lovely Italian ingredients and make a colorful Up-side-down Tomato and Basil Pie.
Now here is an imaginative dish that breaks all rules of a cake. Claudia makes a beautiful Tortellini Bundt Cake with Spinach and Cheese. I need a fork!!
Pinki joins us with an antique recipe. She brings a Chicken ring cake.
Nupur was under the impression that there would be many entries with the same kind of cake she makes. Although we already had one entry for this cake, I have to say Nupur uses a clever method and makes a quick and easy Instant Dhokla using a microwave. My kind of recipe!
Ulrike makes a wonderful cake using one of my current favorite cookbooks. I am glad she did give the book a second go because her Bacon and Prune Cake looks like a combination made in cake heaven.
You'll enjoy reading Jyothsna's write up. She converts her husband into a savory cake fan with her cake with salt and spices in it.
Salty Egg Cakes: sounds unusual doesn't it? Asks Eliza. Yes, it does, but very intriguing not to give it a try.
Priya was extremely creative. Inspired by one of my other recipes she creates a smooth and cheesy cake.
Oh! oh! oh! My lovely friend Helene is not only sweet and lovely she comes up with the most awesome creations. For this mingle she makes Pear and Blue Cheese Mini Cakes. OHHHH!
She was a bit "stumped." Ylee however, started loafin' around and made Polenty Bread with a touch of rosemary. Hmmn!
I eagerly await Esther's contribution to the MM. They are wonderfully creative. This time she really had me drooling. She shares a Savory roasted pepper and sundried tomato cake with us.
Sunita tries making a savory cake for the first time. Her Carrot and peas cake looks colorful and tasty.
The lovable pair Frey and Paul make a cornbread. But not just any cornbread! This has Jalapenos, Spring Onions and Strong Cheddar Cheese to make it full of flavor and aroma.
Another one to use Sophie's cookbook was Astrid. She makes a Smoked Salmon Cake.
The clever Nandita re-joins us at the mingle with very healthy and spongy Savoury pancakes with mushrooms and onions. Yes, pancakes are also cakes!!
My own offerings was a moist Roquefort and walnut cake with a piquant note of blue cheese.
Missed out on this event and you would still like to share your savory cake? Add your link to the comments section of this post.
There are still BPW postcards whizzing around the world! I just updated the list to add a few more people who recently received their cards. Those of you who still have not, please hang in there. You see that it sometimes take really long for them to arrive. After all there is a reason it's called "snail mail." Should you have already received your postcard, please do not forget to send me the link to your post.
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