While I was pottering around in the kitchen this evening, waiting for the oven timer to buzz, a sudden clap of thunder, followed by many more, interrupted the regular evening sounds. As a predictable epilogue to the thunder, the rains lashed against the windows, drenching the laundry mercilessly. The narrow parapet was no protection against this kind of crazy rain. I ran out to rescue the laundry, hit by a shower of huge cold raindrops and popped back in to the warmth of the kitchen, where the comforting aromas of spices enveloped me
It’s amazing how warm fragrances and flavours instill a sense of comfort on a cold day or at the end of a tiring day. This easy pumpkin and chocolate tea cake is one such way to infuse some warmth into a cold day. You can even cut down a step and omit the chocolate and allow the whole cake be a lovely golden colour, but the slight marbling adds to the appeal of this simple homemade cake. Use good quality fresh spices / spice powders for best results. Walnuts add to the flavour of their cake, and also provide an enjoyable crunch.