On a particularly early morning, I found myself sitting in one of London’s east end restaurants, working through details of a fast approaching and fairly high-pressure event. It was a misty wooly grey morning, and I had waited outside in the drizzle for someone to let me in.
Being so early, the space was just a hair shy of warm, the ovens only having just begun their day’s labor. I ordered a cup of black coffee, imagining it would be the hottest thing on their early morning menu. A hand appeared in my peripheral vision and placed a plate in front of me – on it was a large, fat slice of bread and a pat of butter. “On the house!” said the friendly face with a distinctive County Cork accent.
The flavor and warmth of that first mouthful was transporting. Rich and dark and deeply spiced with ginger, clove and nutmeg. It was perfectly balanced, perfectly textured – food for the soul. The toasting was perhaps the last key element that took this bread to the level of the divine, adding a gorgeous crunchy edge to the squidgy sponge middle. It was heaven.
I now make my own version of that cake. Built from memory, it has become synonymous with our own kitchen, and our own mornings. But each time I catch the aroma of this molasses ginger loaf wafting up from my Wolf Gourmet toaster, I can’t help but think where it began. It was then and is now the most delightful start to any morning.
Krissy O’Shea is the blogger behind Cottage Farm, a freelance photographer and a prop and floral stylist living in New England. She has also designed and produced events, including Kinfolk gatherings, media events, weddings and other parties over the years. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Arts Institute.
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