This Week’s Theme: Cakes
Soweto-born chef, Lesego Nare Semenya of Les da Chef, made this traditional German caked called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake) and graciously shares his from-scratch recipe. I love all the mandala-like fresh cherries on top. Yumm!
From Les’ Blog Site:
The name “Black Forest”, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t refer to famous Black Forest in Germany but actually is linked to the liqueur from that region, kirschwasser. German law actually prohibits anyone from calling a cake a Black Forest Cake if it doesn’t contain Kirschwasser (we refer to it simply as ‘kirsch’ in English speaking countries). What has happened over the years in retail stores, in order to save on the costs of the cakes, a lot of imitation flavourings have come to be added. Traditionally the cake is also topped with REAL black cherries (I personally frown on the use of Maraschino cherries in anything that is not a Sundae).
Inspiration for Today
“A multicultural society does not reject the culture of the other but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other’s culture without compromising its own. ~ Reuven Rivlin