Ah, Paris. The glittering Eiffel Tower, charming al-fresco cafés, romantic walks along the Seine, magnificent buildings… The French capital surely serves as a metaphor for all that is supposedly enchanted, sophisticated and grand in the world. The clichés you often hear are definitely true: couples getting engaged in the beautiful Eiffel Tower surroundings, people sipping wine, city dwellers carrying baguettes underneath the arm. You’ve heard it all before.
You’ll soon discover Paris feeds purely off these overheard expectations and people tend to fantasise about the city as if it were a magical place, where unicorns live and candy floss grows on trees.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve been to Paris. As a first-timer, I felt slightly alienated for not being able to find it the charming city they pictured. “What is wrong with me?”, I thought. I know I’m not an overly romantic person, but was I that cold-hearted? A few years later I gave it another try, still nothing… Just ‘meh’. Apart from the stunning iconic landmarks, I wasn’t impressed, in fact I was a bit disappointed.
There are so many things they don’t tell you about Paris…
One of these days I was running around like a blue-arsed fly between errands, as soon as I looked at the clock it was well past lunch-time. I was starving but didn’t have time to even sit at the table and just wanted to eat something light, and honestly I didn’t really have the time to cook anything substancial. I bet you can relate, we all have days like these!
My grandmother, who is this very humble lady, always bakes yogurt cake whenever there’s a special occasion. As extremely caring and organised as she is, she usually bakes a humungous batch of cake and freezes it, only to defrost it whenever people come to visit without warning. Funnily enough, I can’t recall how many times I’ve had slightly frozen yogurt cake in my life, which isn’t properly bad in a summer heatwave!
One of these days I was craving yogurt cake so I’ve found this vegan recipe on Vegweb. It’s perfectly soft and moist and so delicious with the fresh lemon and yogurt flavour. I did some tweaks by adding chia seeds, which turned out great. Because, you know, adding a superfood to a cake makes it slightly less sinful, right?
Plus, it is really easy to make. Here’s how…