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Victoria Tray Cake

Victoria Tray Cake | Bijouxs Little Jewels

While going through my cookbook collection I remembered a recipe for a “sheet” cake by Nigel Slater that I had wanted to try. Off work for a day I made Nigel’s Victoria Cake, with of course some minor revisions. A simple, straightforward cake easy to prepare–Victoria Tray Cake, a little jewel from the kitchen.

COOK VS CHEF

The past 10 years of my blog, Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen, I have honed my skills in food photography and cookbook design, working solo to create a brand of food style and books I am proud to call my own. I am not a chef, however I am a skilled, experienced cook, specializing in home cooking as a private chef for clients and my own family. I adore Nigel Slater’s Cookbooks and his writing.  So honest and talented he has influenced many recipe ideas into my work as a private chef, and also cooking in my home for family and friends. 

CLASSIC CAKE

The Victoria Tray Cake comes from this book, which I highly recommend. This is the kind of cookbook you pick up from time to time and read more from his seasonal kitchen diary, loaded with recipes.  What a marvelous idea to begin a kitchen journal. I have my little jewel collection file with hundreds of my favorite recipes, many of which I have shared with you on the blog. At this time, 490 recipes are all free on my website so grab them while you can.

I love simple baking as my skills lean towards cooking, which for me is a much more flexible kitchen experience. This cake therefore is very simple. A sheet cake that is prepared with on hand pantry ingredients and utilizes frozen fruit, perfect. Great for snacking, packing for lunches or alongside a cup of afternoon tea.

Victoria Tray Cake-another little jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen.

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Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp

Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp | Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen

Matcha noodles plus double the curry, doubles the flavor, another Little Jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen–Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp.

CURRY LOVE

Noodles = comfort. Spicing them up with classic Japanese curry mix and Thai red curry paste is a little flavor jewel. As all of you in the Bijouxs tribe recongize, I adore curry. I have Far Out Temple Curry a healthy update, my sister’s Curry Nut Mix, Curry Bone Broth with Mushroom & Greens, Pan Seared Scallops with Coconut Curry plus more just search ‘curry’ to see them all. Today I am adding a new recipe that is a simple joy, Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp

MATCHA NOODLE CURRY WITH SHRIMP

Delicate Japanese soba noodles infused with green matcha create the base of this recipe. Don’t worry if you can’t find matcha soba noodles, plain noodles will work well. The simple curry sauce is the combination of using classic Japanese Curry spice block, (you may have seen in the supers) along with a fragrant Red Thai Curry paste which adds depth to the sauce. This is an almost ready-made curry, the sauce goes together simply, using water and a bit of broth, that’s it.

Onions and carrots, along with fresh shrimp are sautéed and from there the curry sauce takes shape. Once the sauce comes together the cooked noodles are gently tossed in. Serving the noodles in bowls makes slurping them up much easier. Toppings of green onions and cilantro leaves, along with the crunch of mung bean sprouts add freshness to the noodles.

Of course please substitute chicken or tofu as you wish in place of the shrimp. Enjoy a bowl of Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp.