Sunday, March 10, 2013

Olive Oil Cake and Processed Meat

Orange Olive Oil Polenta Cake

I had to do this, to try an olive oil cake. I’ve read lots of rave reviews on the flavor that olive oil imparts, and at the same time I wonder why I don’t see olive oil cake in cafes and supermarkets. Maybe it’s because we are still getting used to savoury ingredients in sweet items.

Anyway, this cake is delicious, moist and orangy! But I didn’t notice any olive oil flavor, even though I used a really fragrant olive oil. In future if I wanted to have a cake with some olive oil flavor, I would use olive oil in the frosting or drizzle. The recipe is available here.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Camemberu
A Whole Wagyu Beef Leg with Jus Perigourdine, slow-roasted for 32 hours. Inspiration for your next family dinner. Try making this in your home oven

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Mail Online
The article had an interesting title “Processed meat is to blame for one in 30 deaths’.

My first reaction was that if people did not eat processed meat, they won’t die. Or they will die for another reason. All roads lead to Rome.

Titles can be misleading, so I decided to read further. Over half a million men and women were studied and it was found that there was a link between processed meat and deaths from cancer and heart disease. The researchers suggested a limit of no more than 20g a day of processed meat – equal to one rasher of cheap bacon.

Those who ate the most processed meat, more than 160g or three sausages a day, were 72 per cent more likely to die of heart disease.

However, the people who ate the most processed meat in this study also made other unhealthy lifestyle choices. They were found to eat less fruit and vegetables and were more likely to smoke, which may have had an impact on results. So don't forget to have apple sauce and onion rings with your sausages! 


  1. olive oil cakes are amazing but when i first heard of the name, i thought it sounded very oily, and how wrong was i?

    1. Its not oily at all, oil replaces butter so there fat content is similar

  2. It's funny you say that about the olive oil cake. I have found the ones that I have made or eaten have a distinct flavour of it :)

  3. One more amazing, original cake! It sounds very intriguing because of the oil. In general, for many people using any oil in cakes sounds weird (I prepare my Guinness cake with oil but every time I mention it, people are surprised). On the other hand, lots of people bake with the disgusting margarine and see no problem...
    I have heard about the processed meat. I suppose it concerns most of all people who eat tons of sausages because good ham from a good butcher can hardly be called "processed" ;-)

    1. I used to think also that using oil was weird but oil is better, its neutral (not olive oil) so it does not mask other flavours

  4. Cooking for 32 hours, that must be meltingly soft. YUM

  5. I am a big fan of olive oil cakes, I have made afew. Yours looks great. The media is so manipulative.