Thursday, April 12, 2007
Soup Swap and Lemon Cake
How lovely after a long weekend of traveling to come home to a freezer full of four different homemade soups, just waiting for me to gobble them up. A few weekends ago I hosted a soup swap--each guest brings multiple containers of homemade soup and y'all exchange. Standing in the kitchen Tuesday night, it was hard to decide--Jill's carrot and red pepper? Kelly's split pea? Maybe Emily's Venetian bean and pasta? Or my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink minestrone?
Read about other soup swaps here and here.
It seemed silly to just swap soups and leave, so I also whipped up some tea and snacks. My favorite was the upside-down lemon cake -- a recipe from the LA Times that TunaToast brought to my attention (visit her site for a picture). The thinly sliced lemons carmelize wonderfully in the brown sugar-butter mix spread over the bottom of the pan. The cake part is light and flecked with vanilla bean and allows the lemons to shine.
Soup pictures, L-R, top to bottom: Lin Pernille, Virtual Erm, Virtual Erm, Nate Steiner, Atari, Gracinha & Marco, Rubyran, metalcowboy, Virtual Erm, Giovanni JL