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A lot of my happy memories involve food
I had a really good weekend!

Saturday: got lots of things done, cleaned up the house, made tasty food, had Andres' birthday party. All at a lovely relaxed sort of pace, with no rushing about of any sort. Nice party, too. Good compatible company, and fondue and veggies and cake and ice cream (my cake got compliments ::preen::).

Today: ::veil of privacy::, lazing about reading comic books, and extraordinarily tasty dinner (Szechuan green beans, artichokes [Andres' artichoke has stained his fingers purple, which is really weird. Mine didn't do that.], and deviled eggs -- I haven't ever deviled an egg before, I don't think, but they came out quite well). And now I have a rat in my lap.

I like this life stuff.

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That cake was SCRUMPTIOUS. Are you willing to share the recipe?

By all means. It's from Joy of Cooking (1997 edition), pages 932-33.

Ultra-Orange Cake (Vegan)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 8 by 8 pan with parchment paper, or grease and flour it.

Whisk together in large bowl:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup orange juice
1 Tbs grated orange zest
1 Tbs white or cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Stir until smooth. Pour batter into pan; spread evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (mine seem to take more like 40 minutes, which is odd because usually our oven is hotter than it says it is). Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then slide a knife around the edges if you didn't use parchment paper, and invert the pan to free the cake.

Mm, cake.

This cake is very orangey and very moist. You can top it with powdered sugar or use frosting made with fruit juice and powdered sugar, if you are into lily-gilding. I suspect chocolate glaze would also work well, but I haven't tried that.

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