Honey & almond cake
I mean the financial difference.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, many people here are unemployed, so you get to see some parents who look like they just rolled out of bed, didn't even brush their hair and brought their kid to kindergarten just so they could go back to sleep (that starts to sound a bit like me...). At the same time you get to see parents driving fancy new cars, dressed in suits and can't wait to get to the office.
So far all is normal. Poor people and rich people are everywhere, right?
What struck me about all of it?
That inside the kindergarten, once the parents are gone and just the kids are left, you can't see who has money or not, who's parents drive a new BMW and who's parent brought him on the bicycle. All kids look the same, but more importantly, the amount of money their parents and family have is no issue. Kids don't think about these stuff, they don't care, they just PLAY.
There are a lot of things we can learn from children, and this is definitely one of them. Money doesn't make someone a good person or more a interesting person but it also doesn't make him a bad or a boring one.
1tsp ground ginger
1-2tsp almond essence*
2tbsp coffee powder
150ml boiled water
2tsp bicarbonate of soda1-2tsp almond essence*
100g walnuts, chopped
140g honey sweetened marzipan, chopped (optional)**
*Use as much essence as you like. I like the strong bitter taste of almonds so I used 2tsp.
**I get it here in the health food shop, it's marzipan that is sweetened just with honey, no other sugar.
***If you want just a honey cake without the almond flavor in it, you can leave out the almond essence and marzipan, the cake will still work.
In a bowl mix flour, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Make a well in the middle and add the honey, oil and eggs.
Stir with a whisk.
In a bowl melt the coffee powder in boiled water and add the bicarbonate of soda (this is something nice to show your kid as the liquid starts to foam and rise).
Add the liquid to the cake mixture and stir.
Add the almond essence and walnuts and stir again.
Add the marzipan, making sure it's separated from one another and not sticking, or you'll have a lump of it in your cake.
Divide the mixture into two greased loaf tins and bake for about an hour.