Matcha Chiffon Layer Cake

This cool summer we’ve been having has activated my baking senses. Clearly, it hasn’t activated my calligraphy or decorating senses, but while fairly uggers, this was a tasty cake. It actually didn’t need the metric ton of buttercream icing I slathered all over it.

I used Happy Home Baking’s recipe for a matcha chiffon cake. A chiffon cake is pretty darned close to a sponge cake. Moist and fluffy, it baked up very nicely in 30 minutes in an oven in an 8″x8″ square glass pan. I put parchment paper on the bottom, then wrapped it overnight in plastic wrap once it cooled.

The next day, I sliced it in half to make layers.

Then lightly brush with some sugar syrup. 

Not bad for a random Wednesday cake. But for real, it’s probably better as a Swiss roll type cake and not a buttercream layer cake, or just a layer cake that’s light on the icing. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the cake really didn’t need very much icing.

Bison Meatballs

 Me: “I’m hungry. I want meat.”

Husbear: “Okay, let me rustle around the kitchen a bit.”

15 minutes later (or something like that).

Husbear: “Here. Bison meatballs with paprika buttered mushrooms over sauteed shredded zucchini.”

Me: *blinks*

Guys, this guy knows my number.

I liked bison meat meatballs. The bison stays moist, even though it’s fairly lean. Albany John tossed in some TVP flakes, ground flax seed, onions, & scallions. And probably other ingredients of deliciousness. But I forget because I was busy stuffing them in my mouth.

They were egg-free, and he was happy with how much better they stuck together with ground flax seed over egg. 

So, internet. It’s been over six years. I feel like sharing with you. Albany John and I have a cat. She is a picky fat thing, who really only cares for chicken kibble and the occasional nibble of cooked bacon fat and ice cream drips. I have no idea why she is so fat, since she hardly eats her kibble, but I digress. 

Any way, she picked up the bison scent quite intensely. I usually let her sniff human food since it’s normally out of curiosity, and then she turns her nose up at it. She seemed interested, so I tore off a little bit, and she ate it, then whined for more. Whut? This cat begging for meat? I fed her a few more bits (only meat – no onions, obvs!) and she ate half of a meatball. 

So, these meatballs are so good, picky cats will eat them.