The best thing about Valentine’s day for me are the desserts that I make and share; Valentine’s day is a day when I share my love for desserts with a ton of my friends. This year, I made one of my most delicious, indulgent cakes yet, a vanilla malt cake with caramel cream cheese frosting!
Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that I am not super excited about. This year’s valentine’s day, I will be waking up at 4:30am and going to work per my usual schedule. That being said, I participate a little bit in the festivities with desserts. The best thing about valentine’s day for me is the desserts that I make and share; Valentine’s day is a day that I share my love for desserts with family and a ton of my friends. This year, I made one of my most delicious cakes yet, a vanilla malt cake with caramel cream cheese frosting. It is quite the indulgence!
Fonio is a drought resistant, gluten-free, nutritious (cystine and methionine loaded) ancient super grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this Acha pudding or fonio pudding recipe uses it in a delicious breakfast porridge which will absolutely blow your expectations of oatmeal away!
Happy New Year! I took a brief break for the holidays but I am back!!! With the new year, I like a lot of people have quite a few new action plans. One of the plans I have for the year is to celebrate African food even more here on Yummy Medley, and to challenge you guys to break your diet norms and explore the world of African and Afro-Tropical food. In keeping with my new year resolve, I will be sharing with you the merits of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s treasures, Fonio. Fonio is a drought resistant grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this fonio recipe uses it in a porridge consumed in diverse variations, and is referred to as Acha pudding or fonio cereal in Nigeria.
This deliciously decadent and technically accurate Purple Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting is so good, it is impossible to resist!
What can I say about this delicious purple sweet potato cake? This was one of my most adventurous holiday recipes, but it produced the most rewarding dessert I ever had on my table! I just had to share it with you! This cake had been on my todo list for a while but I held off and had to do a lot of extensive research to ensure this purple sweet potato cake came out perfect with the right fluffy consistency and beautiful color, not to mention the addictive taste! This sweet potato cake with the marshmallow cream cheese frosting was honestly one of my best cake recipes to date (I know I seem to say that a lot but it’s honestly how I feel!). In fact the potato cake was so good i was unable to keep some leftovers for the next day! The making of this cake can get quite technical but no need to panic, yours truly is here to walk you through the process of getting this right all the time! I will first explain the key ingredients to a successful purple sweet potato cake before moving on to the recipe. This is not one of those recipes that you want to simply skip to the recipe. If you want to make this, please take a moment to read through the tips and reasons for selecting the right ingredients. You won’t regret it!!
This delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake with homemade lemon glaze was so good, all my friends were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.
One of the biggest achievements of vegan week in the yummy medley kitchen was learning how to cook a variety of veggies deliciously, but honestly, one of our biggest recipe hits, was this vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake. I have always loved loaf cakes, but it has been quite the chore to replicate them without eggs in general since I do not eat eggs. Well, this time around, my recipe worked and produced this delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf which were so good they were quite the hit with many of my friends who were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.
This delicious vegan plantain bread contains no eggs or dairy, yet tasted much better than banana bread and is certain to appeal to even non-vegans like me!
So we started vegan week in my house on the 14th of August, and it was much more delicious than we anticipated. One of the biggest goals of vegan week for me was learning how to cook plant-based dishes without using any animal products. I will talk about that a little later. For now, one of the delicious treats we had for vegan week was this delicious plantain bread (also known as plantain cake). Plantain bread is a sweet plantain flavored bread with an almost cake like texture (the reason some call them plantain cakes) but having a somewhat coarser and firmer consistency than normal cakes (which is why they are also referred to as breads).
A vegan version of a classic favorite, these Chocolate Chip Rock Cakes are a baked treat made with coconut, chocolate chips, no dairy or eggs and all love!
Before I jump into this recipe, some of you might ask… “What are Rock Cakes?” I got the same question from my co-wokers when I brought these treats to my office, Christmas potluck. They are like a British/ Jamaican cross between a cookie and a cake. Traditionally, rock cakes or rock buns, are a baked cake-cookie treat that are made with coconut and raisins/ currants. The “rock” in the name comes from the slightly crunchy texture on the outside of the cake, further enhanced by the coconut. These chocolate chip rock cakes preserves everything in the original but the currants and enhances the delicious taste without even using dairy or eggs!
This deliciously decadent black forest cake is a moist chocolate cake with a sweet cherry filling, frosted with whipped cream. Does that not sound yummy?
As a self proclaimed recipe developer ( I generally do not like that title, but bear with me), I try my possible best not to label my recipes in absolutes. For one, it indicates a finality that I generally do not feel comfortable declaring, and secondly, I would like to think that recipes that have attained the finality stage are being saved for my grandchildren, a cookbook, or something ultra special, like this blog…. sometimes. So, labeling this black forest cake “The Best Black Forest Cake Ever” took a lot out of me… a lot of delicious sounds.
I made my favorite cake combination dedicated to all the “not yet moms” like me: a deliciously moist and mouth watering coconut caramel cake.
It is almost Mother’s Day! I would like to say this coconut caramel cake is to celebrate all the moms for being “super woman” and I would also like to say this cake is dedicated to all the moms in my life; but no, this cake is dedicated to all the “not yet moms” of this world; not yet moms like me. So since I am dedicating this cake to myself essentially, I made my favorite combination. Here’s my recipe for a deliciously moist and mouth watering coconut caramel cake.
Thiakry is a sweet, creamy and mildly tangy dessert that is mostly native to Senegal and Gambia. I tried it out with real millet grains, and it was perfect!
The first time I saw Thiakry (pronounced cha-kry) at a Senegalese restaurant, I won’t lie, I kind of gave it a side eye. It looked like a boring porridge that was another version of tapioca, and I was guessed that I would not like it… was I extra wrong. My friend who grew up eating Senegalese food was there with me, and ignored my skepticism and ordered the Thiakry anyway. Thank God for food envy, my longathroat led me to try her Thiakry, and I was sold since then.
Try out this amazing Ras El Hanout spiced carrot cake recipe and I dare you to tell me if this is not the best spiced carrot cake you have had!
If you’ve been following me closely, you might notice my special fascination with Moroccan food. I want to share with you all one of the reasons for my obsession before I jump into this Moroccan Spiced Carrot cake recipe. Like I said in my previous post, I really enjoy Moroccan food, so I just had to supplement this spiced carrot cake recipe with something from one of my sentimental favorites. So, short story, one of my favorite shows to watch is Andrew Zimmern’s Bizzare Foods, and my favorite episode was when he visited Morocco. Ever since the day I saw that episode, I always wanted to visit Morocco. I have not gotten the chance to yet, but I have certainly started to explore the beautiful culture and food already. My husband had a private floor of a Moroccan beautifully decorated restaurant set up to propose to me… so when I say that I love Moroccan food, it is quite sentimental to me.