Written By Guest Writer EAT Magazine News / Folks / The Big Picture / Victoria Apr 20, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Cooking from the Heart by Susan Worrall SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAs the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, supporters, and friends to see how they are dealing with daily life in this new reality. This is a temporary stage in the world timeline, we realize, but one few of us will forget. Read on for the fourth story in our series. Cooking from the Heartby Susan WorrallIn these times, community pulls together. At least that’s my experience on Salt Spring Island. 24 Years ago, I left Toronto, where I had a wonderful community of family and friends. It was a leap that I never thought would bring me to Salt Spring Island, where I live with my beloved and Tansi, the wonder dog, on a half-acre of very fertile soil.After the initial shock of C19 wore off, I have settled into a routine. I still do some work, walk the dog, and cook and bake.What brings me comfort is drawing from my roots. Half Italian on my mother’s side, I cook many of the dishes my grandmother and mother made. It’s a family joke. How do you prepare spinach? Sauté in a little olive oil and garlic. How do you prepare beet greens? Sauté in a little olive oil and garlic. And the list goes on.My brother Rick had the following recipe, written in my mother’s hand. It is an Olive Oil cake made in the style of the region where Grandma came from, Abruzzi. Her little mountain town, Caramanico del Terme, is there looking much the same as it did over 100 years ago when Grandma first came to Toronto.I have modified the recipe to suit my gluten-free needs. I used about ½ cup less Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose and would suggest adding another egg. Otherwise, it was perfect and reminiscent of many days sitting around our table, eating this cake and drinking coffee. I serve it with homemade blackcurrant jam (which reminds me of my English grandmother) and yogurt.Enjoy! Grandma DeMarco’s CakePreheat oven to 350FIngredients3 eggs (for gluten-free, play with adding another egg)4 oz. olive oil2-1/2 cups flour (for gluten-free, I used Bob’s Red Mill and used about 2 cups. You might have to adjust to get the right cake batter consistency)3/4cup milk1 cup sugar1 tsp vanilla3 tsp baking powder1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins (soaked and drained)for gluten-free, add a pinch of saltDirectionsBeat eggs until lightAdd sugar and continue to beat until thickAdd oilAlternate adding in flour with milkAdd vanilla, raisins and salt if you’re using, stir to combineAt the very end (and grandma always said this was very important to add at the end), add baking powder and mix carefullyOptional: sprinkle some sugar on top before you cookPour into greased pan and cook in a pre-heated oven at for about 30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out dry). Serve with fruit or preserve and a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream. covid-19isolationpositivitystoriesthe new normal SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like 2021 Issues / EAT Magazine News / Magazine July 13, 2021 July|August 2021 July|August issue on the stands. Inside: Screaming Good (Ice Creams 101) Driftwood Brewery Bilston Creek Farm Wild Mountain RockCoast Confections 80 ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News October 1, 2020 CITY EATS October|November 2020 Despite everything happening in our industry right now, there is still such resilience. Businesses are changing their service models, and some are ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 17, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Part 2 Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More Comments are closed.