A while ago, Gwyneth Paltrow (of Oscar worthy performances, Coldplay love and Madonna's BFF fame) launched a blog which I outrightedly pooh-poohed and never checked back on again. Because seriously folks, I really didn't need Gwyneth to tell me how to best launder my $4000 designer duds or whether to wear Givenchy or Hermes for a playdate.
Cut to almost a year later, and a relative of mine asked me if I knew of said blog, to which I harshly retorted my above sentiments. Nevertheless, I still took a peek, and I was surprised to see a fairly interesting set of recipes, surprisingly do-able and without $100 ingredients.
Example being this apple and walnut cake - this comes from Tamra Davis, who I think is some kind of celebrity chef (on closer Google inspection, she's the wife of a former Beastie Boy) and it is so simple to put together, my 5 year old could do it. Which she did, and then I proceeded to eat half the cake in one sitting.
Then I stepped out onto the red carpet for my movie premiere without my pants on.
Which is exactly what Gwynnie must be doing every day. Have a slice on me, Gwyneth dear....
(Pic courtesy : metro.co.uk)
Tamra Davis Apple Cake a.k.a The GOOP Cake (reproduced entirely from GOOP newsletter "Make" # 26)
1 cup sugar
½ stick or 2 ounces butter, melted
½ cup applesauce
1¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2½ cups chopped apples (or two large apples)
¾ to 1 cup chopped walnuts
1.Preheat oven to 350°F.
2.Grease baking dish
3.Mix the sugar, butter, applesauce and egg together with a hand mixer.
4.Whisk the dry ingredients together.
5.Blend the wet and dry ingredients and then add the apples and walnuts.
6.Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 to 50 minutes (depending on your pan and oven temp) or until knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
I am sending this simple little cake to Sugar High Fridays June 2009 event - Fruit and Nut hosted by Mansi of Fun and Food. This is my first participation in an event! Woo hoo!!!!!!