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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Madras Sambal - Indian Lentil, Potato and Green Beans

This was very tasty. It was my first time making (and eating) this so I'm not sure if the dish was supposed to be as dry as it turned out. I served it with plain yogurt and it turned out to be the perfect (and easy) condiment.

The recipe called for curry leaves but I didn't have any, so I used curry powder. I also didn't have any coconut (I must have used it up on cookies) but I bet that would have been a delicious garnish!

Here are the spices. You can see the fenugreek seeds on the top left. They're very bitter. I know this because I ate one raw. You can find them at speciality stores or at the bulk store in the spice section.

The finished dish.

Madras Sambal - Indian Lentil, Potato and Green Beans
Adapted from Best Ever Indian Cookbook
Makes 4 servings

  • 1 cup red split lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (mild or hot)
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cups green beans cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Rinse the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear. Place the lentils, water and turmeric in a pot and boil for 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. In the meantime, boil the potatoes just until tender. Drain both.
  2. In a large pan, fry the seeds and curry over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion and green beans and cook for another 7 minutes. Add the drained potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the lentils, salt, chili powder and lemon juice. Cook just to heat through. 
  3. Serve with plain yogurt.


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