Almond cinnamon cake
It sometimes seems as though Thanksgiving has become a celebration of having too much. It’s funny that it’s a uniquely American holiday, because it seems like such a singularly American characteristic to want more than we need. Too much is never enough. We don’t just eat lots of good food, we eat till we feel ill, and then we set out that very night to buy lots of things we don’t need just because they’re cheaper than they were the day before. It’s madness, I tell you! Everything feels very off-kilter sometimes: in a world with so much poverty and hunger, we should celebrate because we have enough
, we should celebrate balance and sharing, and plenty for everyone. We should remember what it feels like to be hungry, to have that keen feeling of anticipation, and we should recognize when we’ve had enough, when we’re sated. And we should be thankful for being full of hope and love and affection and kindness, because these things we truly can’t have too much of. And that’s quite enough of my Sunday preaching! In this spirit, today’s Sunday interactive playlist is on the subject of feeling full and feeling hungry. We could be talking about food, or emotion, or ambition, or any other thing.
Almond & cinnamon cake
Well, I make a lot of cakes, and this is one of my favorite I’ve ever made. It has a dense pleasant quality, almost like shortbread, and the combination of cinnamon and almond is a perfect one. It has a soft cakey part topped with a sort of crumble with lots of bittersweet chocolate chips in it. Nice with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and wine after dinner.
Here’s a link to the interactive playlist. Add what you like or leave a note in the comments and I’ll try to add it through the week.