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  1. Have a great Memorial Day weekend, Amanda. Hope you are getting some time off.
    What a very creative recipe that must be quite enjoyable for either breakfast or dessert. I almost never cook with savory – not to be found here, except in the dried form. How did you come to choose this herb for your cake?

    • Thanks, Jovina. I will have the long weekend off. I wouldn’t have thought of savory as up until last year I’d never seen it either. I bought it because I put it in my pasta of last post. It’s most like oregano, I think, but a little rosemary-esque. It works really well here though. I’m so behind on your lovely blog (and everyone’s really). I’ll take some time soon to try to catch up and be inspired. xo

  2. you’re right, we all have the same amount of hours in a day and we all make choices as to how we use them up. being able to take moments to document a meal, to share a story, for others no-less, is not a bad thing. dare i say, that time spent judging could’ve been better spent learning more about banh mi and where to get it if it’s not possible to make at home.

    have wonderful long weekend!

    • Thanks, Lan. I wholeheartedly agree. Writing about it now, I’m a little less angry as I was when it first happened. I ended up justifying myself to her a little bit, but I basically said “I don’t have a lot of time, actually. I just make time for this because it means something to me.” But even there I said to much. So glad you agree with me. Have a great weekend too!

  3. Beautiful cake with a big hint of Spring! Strawberry, orange, herbs and yogurt…that is a great combination in a cake! Love the cake and its colours. Making and sharing food gives us a rare kind of satisfaction and a different way of communication. Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your food and thoughts here!

    • Thank you so much! I totally agree with you and so glad you feel the same way. I sometimes wonder why I do what I do and what value it provides to me and to others. It’s nice to hear that you understand.

  4. What a lovely post, I throughly enjoyed your thoughts and your cake is just what my husband and I enjoy…simple but full of flavor.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I think it’s well spent time too. And ultimately that’s all that matters. Fulfillment. And the cake hit the spot.

  5. I’m away at the moment Amanda – but I cannot wait to get home and make this cake. SO enticing. I love the idea of strawberries and savoury together.
    Had to laugh at the comment that you must have a lot of time on your hands. Does anyone have time on their hands anymore? I feel like we’re all practically spinning off the planet. But you’re right – we carve out precious time for the people and things that matter, like love and food and friendship.

    • You have such insight, Lindy. This cake is delicious and no one I know has time. That woman really did baffle me with that one. So great to hear from you. I hope all is well. The weather by you is getting really nice. I’m excited to see what you’ll be making. Xoxo.

  6. I am dreaming Wimbledon & Provence right there with you, Amanda. And while we are having a slice of your pretty cake, spill the beans, where are you hiding this extra-time of yours? Hand me a slice or is it sold in bags? Just have to laugh about something so silly!
    Nicole

  7. I’m late commenting on your lovely recipe, Amanda. I was away for a three day weekend in Paris, not checking any emails or the blog, or new posts, or anything. I really agree with you about finding time for things you love; I have always made that one of my priorities even while writing my thesis, and it has always worked for me; people would often be surprised and ask me how I could fit in this+this+this+that on top of studies, but to me it was a natural thing to do, and I know it has helped me in many stressful moments in my life. I wonder whether this woman realized how judgemental her remark was… oh well. The cake sounds amazing; I’ve never seen fresh savory around here, but I might try this using fresh rosemary or sage instead! I hope you are well, and had a nice weekend!

    • Hi darya! So glad you took some time to yourself. Sounds like a,great weekend. I went upstate you see some green. I bet this woman didn’t know she was being rude, but in with you. Not only is making time for things you love important, you almost have to. It keeps me sane. Rosemary would work perfectly in this cake. I have a book recommendation for you, bte. Will send. Xo

  8. is that ever beautiful. It reminds me of sunset. My mother has told me for years “if you want something done, find a busy person to do it.” I hate to say this, too, but my experience has been that women can take on more volume of stuff to do without feeling really burdened (maybe because cooking and feeding for a lot of us is so therapeutic and cathartic as you said), whereas I literally have to ask and ask and ask and remind/remind/remind to get the littlest things done by hubby sometimes and it feels like pulling teeth! Also I notice if I don’t cook, we don’t eat. 🙂 cheers, so good visiting with you again!!!!

    • What a thoughtful comment, Sue. Thank you. I’ve missed your insight. I totally agree with voicing a busy person something to do. When I’m not busy I’m exponentially more lazy. I do think that capable women do more than capable men and I do think it’s evolutionary. The cake tastes like the essence of spring. I really love it. Have a great week. Xo

  9. Anja

    I’m making this cake for my Mum’s birthday cake tomorrow! I was stressing out a bit and am relieved I’ve found this recipe haha. Instead of savoury, which out of basil, sage, mint and thyme would you recommend I use as an alternative? I only have those herbs.

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