Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Orange and Orange Hazelnut Cake

After feeling blue it's good to be gazing at orange. The colour of warmth, summer, blazing fires, sunrises and sunsets. The colour of vintage plastic, canisters and dinner sets from the 60s and 70s.  The colour of delicious jams like apricot, peach and cumquat. The colour of pumpkins, Saffron Milk Cap mushrooms, freshly plucked carrots and the ever present calendula flowers. Orange on a hat, scarf, bag and in my children's drawings. Orange toys sorted by a little Bowerbird. Look closely at the scribbly art, apparently it's a talking mango. I wear red but I would never wear orange, I like a little in the garden but not too much. 

I adore the blazing hues of outback Australia, best of all, an orange sunset glowing against ancient orange rock and earth. Just before the middle Bowerbird was born we spent 18 months travelling around Australia, at times we too became orange, painted with a thick layer of orange dust.

This cake is based on Typically Red's  most delicious recipe for Walnut and Orange Cake. We were all out of walnuts so I substituted them for 1/2 a cup of hazelnuts and a cup of almond meal. So moist and delicious and an easy food processor recipe - yum.

Playing along with Sister Sun's weekly colour meme .


  1. Hey! Kirsty! I love your way with words and I love your pics!!! You are very fortunate to have seen so much of the dry centre of Australia - it's somewhere we haven't been yet but we intend to remedy that in the next few years. It will certainly be different from the green of Tassie!!
    Thanks for joining in again - lovely to see your 'take' on orange!

  2. Fab cannisters! But my favourites are the giraffe & fox - I love orange paricularly in animals.


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young