4th Anniversary, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Oatmeal Cake With Pears and Pinenuts

Oatmeal Cake With Pears and Pinenuts

I have so many things to tell you today, but most of all I want to celebrate Lucullian’s 4th anniversary with you! Four years, it seems so long ago but four years are not that much really, it depends on what have been happening during the years I suppose and in the last four years many big things have happened in my life, both sad and good. And as I am a firm believer in the Wheel of Fortune (and I am not speaking of the game show here), I know that this is the way life is. Some good, some bad. And I also know that we learn from it all, if nothing else empathy and compassion because we know what other people are passing through, at least an inkling of it. I just read through my other anniversary posts here and I know I will repeat what I have written there this time too: without you, blogging wouldn’t be a shadow of what it is. Without you, dear readers, I seriously doubt that I would have gone on more than six month. I never thought that Lucullian would give me so much in the field of human contacts and support as it has and does and even though I have a feeling that my family doesn’t really share my feelings about this, I think that starting to blog has been one of the best decisions I ever made. So Thank You for being here!
To celebrate or at least mark the moment, I have made three calendars for you to buy if you feel like it over at RedBubble, one called A Year With Lucullian Delights, one called Moments and one called Italian Scenes – I hope you will like them!

But what is an anniversary without a cake? And to make the cake even more special, it is a cake to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. As I mentioned the other day, Michelle of Bleeding Espresso and Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy are organizing the O Food Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and I really want to participate even though it is in the very last minute because I love Gina Di Palma’s cookbook and the contact I had with her when we did an food blog event around it made me like her as a person very much as well! So I made Oatmeal Cake With Pears and Pinenuts that even my sternest critic here at home liked very much, not that many O’s in it but I hope one is enough!


O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.
There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:
ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

PRIZES for recipe posts:
* 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;
* 2nd: Signed copy of Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home by Mario Batali (winner chosen by Sara);
* 3rd: Signed copy of Vino Italiano: The Regional Italian Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich (winner chosen by Michelle).


TWO: If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Awareness posts PRIZE:
* One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.

From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

* Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
* The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
* There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
* In spite of this, patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
* When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!
Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer.
Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

Oatmeal Cake With Pears and Pinenuts


3 eggs
200 g/ 7 oz sugar
100 g/ 3,5 oz unsalted butter, melted
120 g/ 4,25 oz oatmeal
100 g/ 3,5 oz pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp vanilla powder or the equivalent of vanilla essence or whatever you use
1 pinch salt
1 pear, finely sliced
2-3 tblsp pinenuts

– Whisk eggs and sugar fluffy. Add butter and vanilla and whisk another minute.
– Sift the flours and baking powder into the batter, stir well.
– Pour the batter into a greased and breaded cake form. Spread out the pear slices over the top and put the pinenuts in the ‘creeks’ where the pear does not cover the batter.
– Bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for about 25-30 minutes or when the cake is ready, check with a toothpick to be sure.

Oatmeal Cake With Pears and Pinenuts

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