Good morning. Dorie Greenspan is in The Times this week with a marvelous column about her granddaughter’s first birthday and the little cakes — Baby Cakes (above), she calls them — she’s making to mark the occasion. They’ll be her granddaughter’s first experience with sugar. Big day!
It’d be great to have Dorie as a grandmother. Her recipe is a dream: a tender, chewy cake that’s substantial but light, vanilla- and rose-scented, with a strawberry in the center of each one and a white chocolate glaze on top. Dorie bakes them in mini-muffin tins so that they’re small enough for a baby’s hands. Do the same yourself even if there’s no baby around. They’re an amazing taste of summer that you could bring to a potluck or cookout, the perfect ending to a meal of barbecued chicken, grilled corn and green tomato salad.
So long as I’m baking and grilling this weekend, I’d love to fry some Colombian beef and potato empanadas as well. I could see my way to making a dinner of seared scallops with jammy cherry tomatoes, with a lemon sheet cake with raspberry whipped cream for dessert.
French toast amandine for Sunday morning? I’d serve that with fruit salad: a bunch of plums and oranges and strawberries under a big splash of lime juice, no recipe required. Then maybe a grilled chicken salad for lunch, with avocado, lime and lots of soft-boiled eggs? And curried goat for dinner, with rice and mango slaw? (That recipe for the goat also works great with lamb, if you’re wondering.)
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Now, it’s a far cry from tea cakes and pickled herring, but Sarah Braunstein has a good short story in The New Yorker right now, “Superstition.”
It’s Independence Day in Jamaica, where they’re celebrating 59 years of freedom from British colonial rule. So here’s Early B, “History of Jamaica.”