Holiday recipe: Olive Oil Cake

 

Olive Oil Cake by Mina Stone in "Cooking for Artists"

Ah, olive oil cake. It is the only reason why my friends are friends with me, and why new people start to like me. This recipe creates a cake that is dense, and spicy with cinnamon and cloves. It is not light on the olive oil and that is really the way it should be.

Serves 10-12

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus a tablespoon to sprinkle on top
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cognac (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 10-inch round cake pan and dust it with flour. Whisk the eggs with the olive oil in a bowl until combined. Add the sugar and whisk well to incorporate. Add the milk, cognac (if using), orange juice, and orange zest and whisk again.  In a separate bowl, mix the other dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt). and make a well in the center. Pour the olive oil mixture into the dry ingredients, and whisk, starting from the center and working outward until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle another tablespoon of sugar on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The cake is ready when the top is crusty and dark brown and a skewer or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Variations: after the cake has cooled, dust the top with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon. Add 1 cup toasted and chopped walnuts to the batter for a nutty taste and texture. 

 
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I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Open for holiday

 
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Gifts to Warm Your Heart & Home

Start spreading the cheer

Raise a glass to the ease of finding more meaningful gifts, less holiday chaos, and dinner parties that you never want to end. 

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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Pillow talk

 

Pillows are sort of like potato chips — you really can't have just one. They're too good. They can tie a room together and add the special pop of pattern that a sofa or armchair needs. And, they're so comfy. So, our hearts went all aflutter after seeing these cozy woven pillows in Pláka. These pillows feature byzantine-inspired designs woven in ivory in beautiful, Greek cotton — and we want them all.

From the same collection, we have also included a wool sculpted accent rug. As versatile as the pillows, this rug will bring warmth and comfort to any room in the home. Limited quantities available, don't miss out.

 
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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Winter is coming

 

Warm up to the idea of cooler weather with our traditional wool slippers in children's and now adult sizes too. They are everything you need for a cozy winter—just add hot cocoa. 

These wool slippers are inspired by the tsarouhi, a type of shoe, which is typically known as part of the traditional uniform worn by the Greek guards, notable for having a colorful pompon at the toe. They are comfortable and cozy for wearing around the house in colder months - day and night. In addition to great color accents, these slippers can be washed - so you don't have to worry if they find their way outside of the house.

Questions about sizing? Email us at hello@shopangeliki.com or leave your question in the comments below. We're happy to help you find your size!

 
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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Donkey Milk: Are the legends true?

 
Photo by Jesus Marcos Crespo Sanchez/iStock / Getty Images

It's official: bar soaps are trending. But, soap made from donkey's milk remains a well-kept secret. They say Cleopatra bathed every day in asses' milk, and Pope Francis said he thrived on it as a baby. Now results are being reported in people with asthma, eczema and psoriasis who drink it or use soap made from it. Could donkey milk be the elixir of life? 

Rich in lactose and low in fat, donkey milk is said by experts to be the closest animal milk to the human variety. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says it has “particular nutritional benefits”, with a protein profile that may make it more suitable for those allergic to cow’s milk. It contains less total fat than cow's milk, and packs more anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids shown to enhance immunity, which may be helpful for people with conditions like asthma, eczema, or psoriasis. 

Certainly, scientists are becoming increasingly interested in it. It's benefits may not be proven clinically yet, but we're taking Cleopatra's word for it. New in the shop this week is a bar of soap made from donkey's milk that comes in sweet gift box. Buy one for you and a friend and try this ancient remedy before it sells out. 

 
 
 
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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Zucchini Fritters

Photo courtesy of Souvlaki for the Soul

Photo courtesy of Souvlaki for the Soul

 

Kolokithokeftedes. I know--it's a mouthful, right? A delicious one. To put simply, these are zucchini fritters and available on almost any Greek taverna menu. This time of year, zucchini is in season at nearly every farmers market and if you are growing any in your own garden you might have more on hand than you know what to do with. Traditionally, these fritters are fried to perfection, but below is a recipe by Peter Georgakopoulos from Souvlaki for the Soul

Baked Zucchini Fritters Kolokithokeftedes, serves 16

Ingredients

3 medium to large zucchini, grated and squeezed of excess water
1 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 egg
2 tbsp freshly chopped dill
1 tbsp freshly chopped mint
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
¾-1 cup of almond meal
4 oz grams of feta cheese, crumbled
2 oz of grated Pecorino
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pre heat your oven to 400F.
In a small pan, sauté the finely diced onion and garlic in a little olive oil until it becomes translucent. Set aside to cool. Once the onion/garlic mixture has cooled add it with ALL THE INGREDIENTS in a large bowl.
Using your hands combine the fritters mixture thoroughly. If you find that it's still a little wet add ¼ cup extra almond meal (don't be tempted to add too much). Form the mixture into small patties (grab a little in your hand and then flatten them out slightly) and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush the tops of the fritters with a little olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take them out and using a spatula, carefully flip them over, brush the tops again with olive oil and finish cooking them for another 10 minutes. Once cooked allow them to cool slightly and serve them with a salad and some Greek yoghurt or tzatziki.

Notes: It's important to squeeze the excess water out of the grated zucchini-once grated you can sprinkle it with sea salt and leave it for a few hours. If you're short on time- just grate it and squeeze as much as you can   

 
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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator

Our sandals are back

 

Heads up: we've added a few new sandal styles to the shop and restocked sizes of our popular two-color yellow and blue style. If there's one can't-let-go-of-summer item you need, it's our leather sandals. These sandals are guaranteed to spruce up any simple outfit, whether you're running errands, headed to an outdoor BBQ, or going on a fun date.

And, if you're bummed the summer season is already halfway over, we're sure these will also be a hit next year. Shoe trends move fast, but we we guarantee these sandals will be ones you reach for as often as your favorite pair of jeans.

 
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AC

I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator