Category Archives: Food Agenda

Making our cake and eating it too!

Cake has feature heavily in the history of LGBT+ communities.

Firstly you have the idea that being bisexual is having your cake and eating it (with the implications sometimes being that bisexuals are indiscriminate, greedy or lazy) which while some bisexuals have embraced the cake idea, some, other have wanted to get the hell away from it.

The other group which has totally jumped on the cake wagon (nom…cake wagon…) is the online asexual community. AVEN welcomes new members with cake, even though no one is quite sure where it comes from it has become one of the symbols of asexuality.

well it does look a really good cake.

Also cake is just generally awesome. I don’t think I could love someone who didn’t love cake. So I pleaded to be allowed to post about baking on this blog, because it really should be part of our agenda if it is not already. And I have some recipes and ideas that may make it  more likely.

Numbero UNO: RAINBOW CAKE!!

Why hello ladies...I am a tasty cake.

Why hello ladies…I am a tasty cake.

Yes. A cake which is a rainbow. This has also been called “pride cake” or “mystery cake” (when covered in plain icing.) It is super simple and super tasty. It could also be really easily adapted for whatever pride flag or colours you like.

You will need:

  • 2 x 20cm cake pans (or different sizes but you may need to adjust timings)
  • Food colourings (paste or liquid) red, yellow, blue, purple (hard to mix), green and orange if you like but they come out ok when mixed.
  • Plain icing (packet or be fancy and do a frosting)
  • 200g each of: self raising flour, caster sugar, soft butter,
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) baking powder
  • 4 eggs beaten

Make it:

  1. Turn oven to 190/gas mark 5 (slightly less for fan ovens)
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl. Beat until it is soft and smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture into 6 smaller bowls and add food colourings. The colours will be stronger when it is cooked but don’t make them too weak, unless you really like your pastels.
  4. Go wild! Splodge the mixture into pre-greased tins or silicone pans. Don’t worry about prettiness here.
  5. Pop in the oven on the middle shelf for 20 mins (check the first time you make it as it may take a little more or less time. Check by using a clean skewer, if it comes out clean it is done.)
  6. Turn off the oven and leave the cake to cool on a cooking rack. Don’t eat it yet.
  7. If you are doing a double layer cake when it is cool, sandwich the two together with jam/buttercream/nutella/whatever you like.
  8. Otherwise, once it is cool cover it in your plain icing as a disguise and decorate as you wish.
  9. Serve it to your friends and allow your cake to “come out” and show its true colours!
  10. EAT.

I will be back again if people want be to be exploring my adventures making macarons in different flavours (more pictures next time!)

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First Date Food

So you have finally done it. Plucked up the courage and asked that really awesome girl on a date. Even better, she said yes! Congratulations. So now what, you could take her to the cinema, go bowling, the world is your oyster. All that stuff is great and I am sure you will have fun, but everyone knows food is the road to the heart so get out there and cook for her!

Now, as a professional chef this is one of my favourite first date options. And, yes it is pretty easy for me, but the reason it is easy is because once you take the time to learn a few basic skills it really is simple to impress in the kitchen.

Rule number one don’t take on too much too soon.

Pick something simple and do it well and you are bound to impress. Food makes people smile and it doesn’t have to be complicated and fancy.

So in light of the recent heatwave, (which may or may not have left us never to return) lets talk salads. I’m not talking a few bland leaves strewn across the plate as an after thought, thanks to chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi the humble salad is experiencing a revolution and I think a few simple tips can help to impress any girl you like.

Step 1. Start with your washed salad in a bowl separate to the one you want to serve it in.

Step 2. Chuck some lovely fresh herbs into the mix, think outside the box dill, mint, tarragon, all work really well.

Step 3. Next season the leaves with salt and pepper don’t skip this step it makes the world of difference I promise.

Step 4. Finally the dressing, you can make something simple by sticking to the basic rule of three parts oil to one part vinegar.

A simple recipe is 30mls veg oil10mls olive oil10mls red wine vinegar and 10mls sherry vinegar and if you have one blend these up with a hand blender if not a fork will do it. Dress your salad right before serving and there you have it, the basics of making a beautiful salad.

Now you know the basics you can start to experiment, how about trying some beetrootgoats cheese (makes sure this is room temp) and pine nuts mixed through your salad.

 

Food always tastes better when it's well presented, right? Photo by ConVidá Verde: http://bit.ly/11JgNcp

Food always tastes better when it’s well presented, right?

Photo by ConVidá Verde: http://bit.ly/11JgNcp

Nic is lending The Gay Agenda her skills to write a regular column. If you would like to see a particular food or recipe covered or need her expert help with your food woes email in to thegayagendauk@gmail.com

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