26 February, 2014

Herman the German Friendship Cake

Herman, the German Friendship Cake is currently not that photogenic. He is a sourdough cake, so, in his current form, he is a bubbling mass in a plastic container. Maybe he will be more photogenic as a cake, in 10 days or thereabouts. I am very excited to have been gifted this sourdough mix from a new friend. I have tried making sourdough mixes before, but the couple of times I have tried it, I haven't got any further than day 4 or 5. The last time I used spelt flour, but it fizzled out (no pun intended) after a few days and went a bit greenish. So this is a living, breathing sourdough mix that has been going for who knows how long!

The idea for Herman is that you keep the sourdough stirred and fed until day 9, when you divide it into four, give three portions away to friends, with the instruction sheet (for feeding the sourdough and then making the cake) and make the cake with the fourth portion. I might be greedy, give two portions away, make the cake and then see if I can make sourdough bread with the fourth part. I am wondering who might be a willing recipient of Herman. I'm thinking, maybe Heleen and Angela? I'm also wondering, since we're going camping this weekend, if I have to get a babysitter for Herman? I'd hate for him to die on my watch.

On the home grown front, the tomato plants have suddenly realised it's summer and are ripening with wild abandon. I was diligent about getting the little seedlings planted and watered, but promptly forgot about them and went out one day to find them all about four foot high and growing horizontally. By that point it was too late to stake them, so they are happily lying all over the top of each other, on the ground and ripening. It doesn't seem to have slowed production at all. Harvesting is a bit complicated by the fact that I put bird netting over them at one point to keep the cat out so half the tomatoes are under the netting and half are on top (since the plants grew right through the mesh). It seems to have kept all pesky critters out though.



Last night I made this deliciousness, Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Pea and Goats Cheese Pesto. Pip Lincolne's Same Old Crap from over at hellokateberry. I was rather taken with the "Same Old Crap" description, because if my 'same old crap' meals were this good, I'd be doing pretty well. Unfortunately I had to take the best part out of the recipe, ie, the pea and goats cheese pesto, due to fussy little eaters. But I was inspired. And the roasted tomatoes were a hit. For me, at least.









8 comments:

  1. Yum on both fronts, I hope Herman survives and is super delicious.

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    1. Thanks Bec. So far so good... day 9 and still alive, ready for baking tomorrow. Fingers crossed :)

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  2. What a beautiful idea - about splitting and gifting sourdough starter. I can't wait to see how Herman turns out.
    Those tomatoes, would be so delicious on homemade sourdough - what a shame they are a little too early for Herman's debut.

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    1. I've just spotted a lovely photo on your blog of some bread (sourdough maybe?) with tomatoes and basil. Now I'm inspired.... I've just harvested another bowl of tomatoes. Baking and roasting tomorrow. Yum!

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  3. I love Herman's name-I hope he is yummy. You sure had a good batch of tomatoes

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Cake baking day tomorrow and possibly even a loaf of sourdough. Fingers crossed!

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  4. I made a sourdough starter last year, kept it alive for months, baked four unsuccessful loaves then forgot about it and it died, very sad, must try again. Look forward to seeing your cake!

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    1. Shelley, I have never got as far as actually making the bread. I'm going to have to search online for a tried and tested method... I'd be gutted if it didn't work! I'm hoping the cake will be straightforward... a bit worried about the bread now though! :)

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