Today I am so thrilled to introduce Kate of The Little Library Cafe, one of my favorite blogs! Kate combines two of my favorite things: reading and baking. She takes the delicious dishes straight out of the pages of her favorite books and puts them into recipes that we can try at home. Let’s be honest, who didn’t want to know what Turkish Delights tasted like while reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a kid or Christmas Pudding from Harry Potter?
My two favorite recipes that she has shared is are the Blood Orange Cake from Sherlock Holmes and the French Bonbons from Little Women. If you happen to be in London, where she is based, you can even stop into a bakery to try one of her cakes!
When I discovered that she took the Lane Cake from the pages of the classic Southern novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, I knew I had to have her on Sweet Tea Sweetie!
1. What is the inspiration behind your blog?
I started my blog because I was forever thinking about food in the books I had grown up with. It all started with Harry Potter and treacle tart – I realized that I had spent years wanting to try one, and had been just as inspired by meals in my favourite books, as I was by reading cooking books.
2. What made you chose to highlight a dish from the classic Southern novel, To Kill a Mockingbird?
To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorites when I was younger (it still is), and I’d dreamed of Lane Cakes for years without really knowing what one was. Once I’d made it I was shocked that anyone could make it during summer in the South – it’s not something I can imagine making on a roasting hot day. I have eternal admiration for Miss Maudie and Miss Stephanie.
3. Favorite Dish You’ve Made:
Gosh, that’s really difficult. There’s lots I’ve made that I really enjoyed both cooking and eating. However, I think it might be some artichokes and hollandaise I made in a big house in Normandy. I was staying with a lovely group of friends, we were on a patio in the sun, and we had an obscene amount of hollandaise between us. It was the situation as much as the food, and it was brilliant.
4. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate. I love vanilla too, but I don’t think I could love dark chocolate more.
5. What is the oldest thing in your kitchen?
I moved to London six years ago, so most things in my kitchen (apart from some handwritten recipes) are relatively new. However, my grandad recently gave me a beautiful teacup that belonged to my grandmother, that now proudly sits in my living room. I also have an old enamel bowl (a little chipped) with the Owl and the Pussycat painted in it, that I use to hold my eggs.
I hope that you enjoy her post about To Kill a Mockingbird as much as I did! Let me know if any of you decide to try making this delicious confection!