London is known to be grey and rainy, but when there is a bit of sunshine, it is full of lovely hidden places that are a bit off the beaten path and away form the crowd. Last week-end I went for an afternoon walk along the Thames between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge. It felt like a week-end in the country side, with bustling terraces, boating clubs and even blackberry bushes along the way. The berries were still green but I made a mental note to come back later in the month. This stretch of the river is very popular with rowers, and a steady procession of large and small boats paddled by while we strolled along the river banks. Now, wouldn’t this be the perfect place for a picnic? Unfortunately this time we had not planned for it, but I love summer picnics on the river bank. I can stay seated there in the grass until the end of the night, provided I have some sweet and savory nibbles and some fresh rose wine. Cakes are perfect for picnics: they are easy to make with whatever you have left in the pantry, easy to bring along and you only need your agile fingers to eat them. This courgette-feta-mint cake would have been a nice addition to my imaginary picnic in Putney!
What is your favorite savory cake filling?
100 g flour
10 cl milk
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp baking powder
100 g feta cheese
2 small courgettes
5 mint leaves
salt and pepper (I usually cook with not much salt but courgettes can be quite bland if you don’t season them well)
1 – Wash the courgettes and cut them into very thin slices and set aside
2 – Cut the feta into cubes and chop the mint.
3 – Whisk the eggs, oil and milk together and then add the flour and baking powder. Add salt and pepper. Add the courgettes, feta and mint. Mix and pour into a loaf pan.
4 – Bake for 45 minutes at 180 ° C. For a picnic, cut the cake in slices or cubes and bring along some cherry tomatoes. You could also eat the cake with a salad and a greek yoghurt sauce. Or however else you like it!