Mock Orange Blossom, a Philadephus, truely grows so easily from a little cutting. I love them in a vase + often decorate cakes with a beautiful little sprig. Outside our daughter's window we have a wonderful bush which gives off a heavenly scent. The plant has saponins in the leaves and flowers which make it an effective mild lather for your hands. You can plant near the tap in the garden and use to wash your hands! Make sure next time you are out on our farm you take some home to get growing. The best time for this is now in April, but Ive tried my luck + had success at other times of the year too.
And now the recipe ......
Miss Smith's Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Day before add tablespoon of kefir grains to 2 cups of cream. Before serving your cake, the following day, sieve kefir grains from cream + beat cream until thick. Chill as preferered.
1 + 1/3 c water
Soak + rinse quinoa.
Bring to boil reduce heat + then simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to sit for ten minutes also.
3/4c butter, melted + cooled.
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Blend these ingredients together, add quinoa. Blend until smooth.
1 c cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
In a bowl add the dry + wet ingredients, , stir well + pour into cake tin.
Bake at 150c for a least 1hr, sometimes 15mins longer.
Dust with cocoa when cool + top with a sprig of your favourite bloom.