Recipes as Art
Samson’s Auntie Joshna is an accomplished chef (published!) and activist who champions seasonal, local food that is wholesome and delicious. I am constantly using her as a resource for my cooking and baking, and she’s given me several great recipes that my family loves. One that I keep returning to is her Apple, Blueberry, Almond Spelt Cake (only I omit the almonds, ‘cause I’m allergic) which is hearty, rich and delicious. It’s also a great way to use up those blueberries everyone keeps sticking us with because I mentioned one time my kid loves them*.
It also happens to be, Joshna tells me, the first recipe she developed on her own, from scratch.
This made it the perfect recipe to turn into a housewarming gift when we went to break in her new kitchen with February’s Marshmallow-a-Month (more on that later). The idea of recipes as art is not new, and I’m thinking this would be a great way to keep handy those recipes you use all the time but just can’t seem to commit to memory. I designed this one in Photoshop, printed on cardstock, and framed in an Ikea frame. Start to finish it took me about an hour.
* Which, of course, will cause Auntie Joshna to roll her eyes because those winter plastic-packaged blueberries drive her crazy because the story of the winter garden does not include blueberries, but I guess this cake is better than letting the blueberries rot, right?