Its started off whilst making this cake. Whilst bashing my cardamom I broke the mortar! How does that even happen (it was a cheap one), then I could not find my proper granite pestle and mortar gifted to me by my mother years ago. No doubt stuck at the back of a kitchen cupboard!
Then I crack eggs for the whites, except a yolk falls in. I manage to scoop it out before it spreads.
Sugar goes all over the floor. I brush it up, don't want an army of ants in the kitchen (not that its ever happened to me in my new home).
The hand whisk throws up the self-raising flour into my face like dust...
Like I said, it was one of those days that I wished I could to go back to bed and start over again, but I persevered and this was the delicious and pretty result.
The Chai Malai Cake was a triumph enhanced with rose petals. It was everything Dina promised it would be...Yum!
The recipe, if you haven't guessed it comes from Dina Begum's Brick Lane Cookbook: Food From Everywhere. The cookbook also includes contributions from street food traders and restaurants including The Boiler House, Beigel Shop and Kahala a not for profit community café. The cookbook is a snapshot of the ethnically diverse cuisine found in the East End of London. If you want to make the Chai Malai Cake you can also find the here.