I’m going to be completely honest. I’ve lost a bit of my cooking mojo. That’s not to say that I am leaving my poor family to starve but I definitely have been doing some soul searching and wondering what direction I should be taking in terms of this blog. Up until this weekend I had a couple of ideas but nothing really outstanding.
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
On the weekend we brought the family to the Crossroads Farmer’s Market to have a light lunch after church. I wandered the aisles of Chongo’s food market eyeing all the fall fruits still available. They had some lovely British Columbia apples and pears. And that is about where the ‘locally’ grown produce ended. Chongo’s is a year round fruits and veg market which means that during the long cold winter months they import fresh produce from warmer countries where it is in season. It is odd, but sometimes going to a market and selecting beets, kale, potatoes, and carrots for months on end gets severely depressing. At Chongo’s I found some really amazing Blood Oranges. Plump, juicy, and full of vitamin C (sunshine!) these blood oranges were coming home with me! I bought a huge bag full knowing that if I didn’t I wouldn’t get a chance to bake with them before the family gobbled them all up.
Sometimes when I’m searching for a recipe online for a specific ingredient I just type that ingredient and search for images. If one particular image grabs me I’ll see if there is an associated recipe. In this case the Spectacular Upside Down Blood Orange Cake from Not Quite Nigella really grabbed my attention. It is a beautiful way to showcase this unique citrus fruit.
The Upside Down Blood Orange Cake began with thinly sliced blood oranges being cooked in a simple syrup until the pith was slightly translucent. I then cooled them off a bit and layered them inside a parchment paper lined spring form pan. I made the cake batter and spread it carefully in the orange lined pan so as not to disturb the placement of the oranges. After an hour in the oven and a bit of cooling, the cake was ready.