Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Recipe That Got Away

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Governors palace Years ago, Mr. Lorna and I traveled to Colonial Williamsburg for a much-needed vacation.  While there, we stopped at one of the little places tucked behind one of the historical homes and bought a snack of Queen's Cake.

Yum yum!  As I remember it was very much like poundcake, but a lot lighter, possibly lemony, with poppy seeds.  I say possibly because it's probably been twenty or more years since I tasted it.  As I wasn't a poundcake fan, I was hoping I'd be able to find the recipe.

No such luck.

Every once in a while I go online and search for Williamsburg Queen's Cake.  I've found a couple of recipes, but none of them have poppyseeds.

Poppyseed pound cake Okay, I admit it, I'm not about to start experimenting in the kitchen to try to come up with a vague facsimile.  Reason?  Well, there's just the two of us, and someone has got to eat all those baking attempts, and Mr. Lorna and I simply can't afford the calories.

But when I think back to that trip, and that bright, HOT, sunny day when we drank lemonade and ate Queen's cake, I'd love to have just one more bite.

Have you sampled a taste sensation you enjoyed but can't replicate?

13 comments:

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Looks delicious. I can't replicate some of my mother's recipes. Of course, she never wrote them down.

Harbingerdc said...

Hubby once ordered a salad of watermelon, olives, feta, and basil sprouts. The sweet-salty sensation on a hot summer night was amazing.

We've never been able to get it right.

grammie said...

I had a recipe from the newspaper for mushroom barley soup that was great and easy. I lost it I've tried many times to replicate it but it's never the same.

Kaye George said...

YES, I have one I've been looking for for years. I had a recipe for chicken that used no salt at all, but great herbs and spices and tasted wonderful. I think it was from James Beard, but I've lost it and, since I can't find that one from him, maybe it was someone else.

Kate Collins said...

Lorna, I feel your pain.

I recently had a dish of a beef type stew in Greece, called Stifado. I can't remember tasting anything that good in years, but I can't find a recipe to match it anywhere! Argh. I want more stifado. (sob). Anyone have a Greek grandma who makes it? It has to have large, carmelized pearl onions in it. That and some cinnamon, I think.

Leann Sweeney said...

I lost my recipe to Giant Sunflower Seed Cookies many years ago--a big sugar cookie made without eggs (I am allergic to eggs). So I wrote to the food editor at the paper, they published my "recipe quest" and two weeks later someone posted that recipe! I made about 6 copies. Losing is bad and finding is so great! Hope you get lucky.

Rural View said...

I wonder if the mix for lemon poppyseed bread might be similar?

Also the watermelon, etc. salad sounds like one Giada made on her Everyday Italian show. Hers should be online at the Food Network website.

Linda McDonald said...

Yes! Many, many recipes I would love to replicate, but nothing ever quite comes out the same.

Dru said...

what I find amazing is no matter how much you watch your mother prepare a dish and then hand over the recipe, it never taste like theirs.

Kaye George said...

Yes,Dru. Like my mother's spritz cookies. She would even stand over me while I made them. But mine are nothing like hers.

Stephanie said...

Is that a lemon and poppyseed cake? It looks wonderful!

booklover said...

the yummy sauce my mom used to put on her baked bread pudding...OMG!!!

Just one more serving...that's all I want!

Maggie Sefton said...

I just love Williamsburg, too. As a Virginian, I'm particularly partial to that Colonial period. And the recipes I've had while there were always yummy. Now, you've got me curious. I'll check some of my cookbooks and see if there's a recipe for lemon poppyseed pound cake.