If I were to join in communion with you, to commune with you, to communicate with you, I would do so over a cup of raspberry leaf-mint tea and a piece of Celebration Carob Cake (so called because it was the first cake I baked after the birth of my last child).

 

CELEBRATION CAROB CAKE

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sifted unbleached white flour
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • 2 tspns. baking powder*
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped cashews
  • 2 eggs

Blend dry ingredientes in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, juice and water. Beat until well-blended — about 4 minutes with a mixer or 400 strokes by hand. Turn into a small, well-greased and lightly floured loaf pan or two 1 lb. coffee cans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until top springs back at touch.

 

To communicate with another adult is difficult enough, but to try to explain snow to a child who still has no words with which to conceptualize is just impossible. And with a newborn words are forgotten — only the warmth of nestling in loving arms can communicate to such fresh souls. Yet that is a universal language isn’t it, even for tarnished souls?

When I get tired of using words to communicate with 2-year-old Rebecca — or 38-year-old David — I offer them this edible substitute.

 

THE MEDIUM-IS-THE-MESSAGE APPLE CAKE

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored & diced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tspn. cinnamon
  • ¼ tspn. ginger
  • ¼ tspn. salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ tspn. nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tspns. baking powder*

Combine apples, sugar and honey in a large bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Add oil and egg and blend. Combine dry ingredients and add to apple mixture, blending well. Stir in raisins. Pour into a greased 1 lb. coffee can and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until done. Let cool ten minutes before removing from can.

 

*There is a baking powder available at health food stores that contains no sodium bicarbonate, aluminum, or other nasty ingredients.