Boyfriend really likes Victoria sponge, which is a very British type of cake. I am not really fond of it, can’t see the allure of a spongy cake with jam and lots of cream.
Last week it was Boyfriend’s birthday, and it was really supposed to be about him. But relationships are all about compromise, so I managed to combine healthy version with his favourite things and make it work.
Firstly, for breakfast there were pancakes. A bit different to your usual type – buckwheat and buttermilk ones. You can find the recipe here.
And then for Victoria Sponge I made gluten free Almond and Polenta cake as a base. Here’s the recipe.
I divided the cake into two tins. When the cake cooled down, I spread strawberry jam on the top of the one cake ( I used sugar free St. Dalfour jam). Then I replaced cream with Greek yogurt. You have to use proper Greek full fat yoghurt to have the right thickness. I mixed 1 1/2 cup of yoghurt with 3 tbsp agave syrup, spread half of it on the bottom of the other cake, put it together with the one with jam. Then spread the remaining yogurt on top of the cake and decorate with strawberries. And voila! Gluten free, sugar free so called ‘Victoria Sponge Cake’.
And you wouldn’t believe what we watched it with….
‘Saving Mr Banks’.
I think there is no better way to celebrate someone’s birthday than to watch a story where the main character has issues caused by turbulent childhood, charismatic , alcoholic father, who constantly looses one job after another and then – spoiler!- DIES.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s a story about the author of ‘Mary Poppins’ traveling to Los Angeles from London to meet Walt Disney. Mr Disney tried for 20 years to get the rights to her book, she kept refusing until her finances became a bit strapped. The author – Mrs Travis is played brilliantly by Emma Thompson and for that reason you should watch it. To me Emma Thompson can read a directory and it would be magnificent. I love the fact that her character in ‘Saving Mr Banks’ is a right bitch for the first hour. What can I say, I can’t resist a bitchy women, they are the best!