Spring has finally arrived, Ladies and Gentlemen! For at least one week, Belgium will no longer be that “Godforsaken rainy shithole” (Pardon my French) but a “very exciting and sunny place filled with smiles and laughter”.
You have to understand something: when the weather gets better, when I get to wear my cool brand new cat-eye sunglasses and all my new spring clothes an when men finally role up the sleeves of their shirts, (The Obama-style!)I can get very excited. And when I get very excited, I honestly believe that life should come with a soundtrack of cool and sexy music.
Do you know which song I picked for my “O my God, it’s so sunny outside I could simply burst into song”- frenzy? “Blurred Lines” from Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.
Honestly, I am OBSESSED with that song at the moment! That beat, that sound, that awesome groove…. It is just so incredibly sexy! Apparently, it was a little bit too sexy for Youtube, because only one week after the video aired online, it was removed from the website due to “explicit nudity”. The thing is, however, when you look past all those very naked women, you’ll realize the video is actually pretty hilarious!
Pharrell Williams is just the cutest, making funny faces through the entire video.
And T.I’s dancing is this weird combination of oddly cool and awesomely ridiculous. He can even dance while brushing a girl’s hair! (By the way, when was the last time you saw a man brushing a girl’s hair in a music video? My guess is NEVER 😉 )
So yes, “Blurred Lines” is my soundtrack of the week. When I was driving my car yesterday and the sun was shining on my windowsill, “Blurred Lines” was playing on the radio. I suddenly felt this uncontrollable urge to start dancing! (which is easier said than done when you’re driving!) So I ended up doing body rolls and shimmy shimmies behind the wheel! People must have thought I was completely mental, but who cares?! The point is that I was having fun. And no matter how crazy ass lunatic I may have looked at that particular moment, I felt like I could conquer the whole world! I was happy! I was shining! So why don’t you shine with me, dear readers? 😉
For those who still think that courgettes can only be used in savory dishes like Mediterranean stews and creamy soups: think again! Just like our humble Mister Carrot, a courgette works perfectly in a heavenly sweet cake! It adds a wonderful moisture to the cake and gives that little extra kick of flavour … sigh… Who would have thought such an “ordinary” squash could be so versatile?
I opted for a courgette and walnut blondie this time. Imagine that moreish moisture of the courgettes doing the Cha-Cha with nutritiously nutty walnuts, dancing the rumba with the sensually sweet white chocolate and performing an energetic jive with a zingy zesty lemon!
If this cake were a dance routine, it would be bigger and better than all the grand finales of all the Step Up movies together!
Courgette and walnut blondie with white chocolate and lemon frosting
For the blondie:
• 150gr courgette, grated
• 150gr caster sugar
• 150gr plain flour
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• 150ml sunflower oil
• 2 eggs
• Zest of one lemon
• 50gr white chocolate, chopped
• 50gr walnuts, chopped
For the frosting:
• 100gr white chocolate
• 25gr natural yoghurt
• Juice of half a lemon
• 50gr icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a 24×14 cm cake tin with baking parchment.
2. Mix together the eggs, oil and sugar until they are all combined.
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger and add to the egg mixture in two batches.
4. Lastly, add the grated courgette, chopped walnuts and chocolate and lemon zest, mixing them in thoroughly.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake into the oven for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
6. For the frosting, melt the white chocolate in a pan over simmering water.
7. Mix the icing sugar together with the yoghurt and the lemon juice and stir in the melted chocolate.
8. Cover the top of the blondie generously with frosting and decorate with some walnuts.
9. Cut into little (or giant 😉 ) blondies, depending on how hungry you are.