A lot of lopped branches piled in our backyard has become a haven for the birds. I have often noticed birds perched in the drying branches sometimes even removing and carrying dead leaves to make their nests. Yesterday we noticed a group of Babblers in their usual noisy self. A family of three was rummaging in the pile of leaves, throwing leaves with their beaks, presumably hunting for the insects that lay hidden underneath the mammoth pile of leaves. The baby bird looked as big as the parent birds. Parent birds would shove some food inside the baby’s mouth and baby greedily gulped down the mouthful creating ruckus again for food.
This continued for quite some time till the threesome flew to the adjoining field and we could just hear the little one’s clamour for food.
Yesterday, I baked a Spiced Walnut Cake.
The cake does not have butter. The sugar too, is on the lower side. The spices give a lovely aroma to the cake.
Spiced Walnut Cake
Recipe originally from “Orange -Pistachio-Glazed Spiced Muffins" recipe in the "Food & Drink" Magazine (spring 2011 edition)
Adapted from www.foodtastesyummy.com
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease, dust and line one 8 inch round cake pan
In a bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
In another bowl beat yogurt, powdered sugar, eggs and oil till smooth.
Combine flour mix and wet ingredients. Mix till well combined. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle walnuts on top of the batter. Lightly pat walnuts into the batter. Sprinkle sugar evenly on top of the batter.
Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes till the top turns a beautiful brown or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake completely. Slice next day.