Give Me Some Persian Love Cake! : Daily Art Journal


PaperArtsy Blog Post: Mash-Up Stationary


I was over at the PaperArtsy blog, sharing a set of Stationary using various stamps and this amazing bubble stencil. You can hop over and see the process HERE.



Tea and Poetry



Our theme this week was centered around the Biblical tale of Queen Esther of Persia. We read an illustrated and abbreviated version of the story while my son read a few clips from the Bible.

The Story of Esther




Our food was Persian inspired. Persia is modern Iran so of course we included Irani dishes. To begin with, my son arranged a plate of cucumbers, grapes and smoked cheddar cheese. I am not sure if they had smoked cheese but I let my children decide and they chose smoked cheddar over the traditional feta cheese.



Orange, pecan and cannellini bean salad with sauteed fennel and golden raisins was my favorite but not so much for my children. Fennel is unavailable in our area so I substituted Bok Choy. This salad was full of unusual flavors and was very filling because of the various proteins.



Barbari Bread is a Persian flat bread and delicious. This recipe made 3 good sized loaves. My children really enjoyed this bread.



Persian Love cake was another winner. This spicy and flavorful cake was moist and something that I am definitely going to make again. My daughter had fun gathering the rose petals from our rose bush.



Tea Day



I am joining the Tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. The tea that we had for this week was an Irani Chai. I love chai but this version was a bit spicy and concentrated and my children were not thrilled with it. I took the leftover and added milk and water and it turned out to be the right balance. If I make this again, I would make a few tweaks.

Happy Tea Day,


17 thoughts on “Give Me Some Persian Love Cake! : Daily Art Journal”

  • The noon barbari looks wonderful and thank you for sharing the link to the recipe. I love Iranian food.. In the late 1980s I worked with Iranian refugees in Germany and some good friendships developed. We often sat together and ate their traditional dishes, it was so delicious. They loved to cook their food and introduce it to us. Add some Iranian music and storytelling and you had the perfect evening.

  • What a fun week this was with the Persian inspired reading and food. I love feta cheese and would take it in a heartbeat over smoked cheddar. I just harvested some fennel yesterday. It is still drying on my counter. Wish I had known, I would have sent you some. Your cake looks delicious and I checked out the recipe. I also loved the chai tea, but I’m a spice junky, so would have loved the robust flavor. Thanks for taking us to Persia this week with food and readings for T time.

  • Hi Kate, love that you studied Esther this week, she was a strong character. Purim is a fun feast, and I enjoyed it when I was a kid (and later!) The food on your table looks superb, what a wonderful spread. Lovely idea to have a different theme each week. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • Wow. Your Paper Artsy stationary is super cool! I am considering purchasing that squid set from Nicci. Super fun.

    The food art and Ester story are amazing – such a way to bring stories to life, introduce yourself and your children to a wide variety of foods, and a fun way to discover new recipes. I want to try that salad.

    Another amazing post, Kate. Happy T-day! Hugz

  • Well Kate you had me at the cake this week! That looks utterly delicious, as does the bread and the salad. I also love your stationery and went over to the PA blog to get a better look and left a comment there. Lovely post this week, Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • So wonderful that your over at PaperArsty blog and your stationary looks fabulous and fun! Wow, your tea parties are amazing and I love the Persia theme! All the food look so delicious, I bet you all enjoyed reading the story and enjoying the amazing food, this is such a wonderful idea and a great way for your children and everyone to learn – perfect and I’d happily join you 😊. Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  • Oh how beautiful, dear Kate!
    One of my cousins is married to an Iranian woman and we have had the opportunity to taste the delicious Persian cuisine a number of times. Your table is decorated so artistically and authentically that it is a joy and your dishes look wonderful.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    All the best from a place near Vienna / Austria
    Traude Rostrose (joining T Stands For Tuesday 🍷🥤🍻🥂🍹🥛)

  • Oh, how I wish I could be a little mouse at your table to eat crumbs of your wonderful food and tea and hear your story to your children. Esther is one of my favorites in the Bible. Happy T Day!

  • What a great topic and such lovely food too! Love the rose petal and pistachio combination – my GD and I had Iranian ice cream toped with the combination – it was delicious! Off to check out Paper Artsy. Happy T Day! Chrisx

  • I love your experiments Kate! Your children benefit from this so much i think! And it seems to be fun for you too! Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  • What a lovely meal. Each item looks really delicious. The bread particularly nice. And that cake looks really delicious. I have almond flour so I mi8ght give that a go.
    I love the story of Esther and I bet the children loved it too. (as the baddie gets his comeuppance).
    The bubble stencil looks fun to work with and you did some really great projects.
    Happy T-Day,

  • Hi I am taking a break from linking up, but wanted to pop over to see your tea party-everything looks so delicious as always-I love that you do this with your children hugs Kathy

  • OMGosh what an amazing post. Your table settings are always so luxurious. If I live close by to you I would be inviting my self to dinner quite often. LOL. Have a lovely evening.

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