Season 2. Episode 5: The Cake that Travelled

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

This is a Christmas retrospective conversation that occurred during the December holiday season. Frances, Sarah and I never had time to make this cake, but the story is a profound reminder that traditions keep our families and communities focused on the things that matter and make for unforgettable memories.

So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Check out Martha Stewart’s recipe of Vinarterta.

10 Replies to “Season 2. Episode 5: The Cake that Travelled”

  1. “An idea can transfer from one place to another simply through kitchens.” – Rebecca

    So true! How often today is food from other cultures adopted, and even adapted, by our own? We see this with restaurants as well. I remember a time long ago when only Italian and Chinese restaurants peppered neighborhoods, while German style cooking was the mainstay in homes. Non-Italians became infatuated with pizza, spaghetti, etc. and began their own attempts in their kitchens. The hilarious but popular attempts by food manufacturers like Chef Boyardee with their pizza in a box and canned spaghetti also come to mind. And although the Westernized versions appeal to many, nothing beats an original recipe handed over and down through family and friends.

    Such a wonderful tradition, ladies. From Vienna, to Iceland, to Canada, and into my recipe file for those more ambitious days ahead 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your laughter and warmth, especially during these cold, dark winter days. Hugs!!!

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    1. Who would have guessed that prunes would take on such elegance. When you mentioned Chef Boyardee, I remember that famous advertisement “The San Francisco Treat”. Not certain if you can access this video, but thought I would add it just in case. A few years back, I enrolled in a beginners Italian language course. My teacher was from Calabria. Of course, the best food came from Calabria!!! The only tomatoes that could even begin to be like the ones he remembered from his hometown came from interior B.C. He also grew figs in his back yard. And he was also one of the best teachers that I ever had over the course of my life.

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  2. The discussion of fruitcake immediately brought to mind Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory,” which is a food-inspired literary tradition for me.

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    1. Found it on Kindle!! Thank you for another great introduction. You are full of the very best ideas for reading. Hugs!

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