Savory Polenta Cake with Ricotta-Italian Ham-Tomato and Fresh Oregano Leaves--And Thoughts on Challenges

I have no idea how to describe these last days. I believe "challenging"  would be the most appropriate word to use. 

'Having to face new battles seems always a process that takes time and effort to achieve.' Don't you sometimes feel the same? 

You see; I've been having my own challenges lately and having to face these obstacles made my soul vulnerable. 
But at the same time--somehow these obstacles are helping me gain more confidence in myself and to overcome my fears in a different perspective.

And to appreciate even more what I have in my life. 

A long walk on the beach with J. these couple of days ago, certainly filled my heart with gratitude and clearness. As we were walking my soul brought to my thoughts one of my favorite quotes:

"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.''-Soren Kierkegaard.

Then I realized that in life there's no time to waste on giving up—And beautiful little things are a constant reminder of it!

Invaluable little things!

Love, laughter, being alive, wonderful friends you can talk to, good health, the sea, music, the sunset, a good meal, and of course you all…lovely readers. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week, everyone!

Savory Polenta Cake with Ricotta-Italian Ham-Tomato and Fresh Oregano 

1 C. Polenta -fine texture 
1 C. All purpose flour-Plain flour 
2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 C. Ricotta
4 1/2 Tbsp. canola oil
3 Medium eggs
1/3 C. Whole fat milk
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Fresh ground nutmeg

Tomato slices
Italian Ham-like prosciutto
Fresh Oregano leaves, to garnish

Preheat oven to 190 C/ 375 F and lightly grease a medium size cake pan. 

Combine polenta, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add the eggs, ricotta, oil, milk and ground nutmeg. Mix well to form a smooth batter.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and add tomato and ham slices. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. When ready allow to cool and sprinkle with fresh oregano leaves.Serve warm.



Gabriela, clavo y canela said...

Esto se ve realmente delicioso. Excelentes imágenes..

Ruth said...

I love the topoings you've used for this. I looks delicious. The perfect treat for a picnic perhaps...

Mary said...

I loved your post today. The words and pictures were uplifting and the polenta sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

La Sopa de Tomate said...

Aldy me he sentido muchas veces igual que tú, pero también he salido adelante.
Tu torta de polenta luce espectacular voy a probar hacerla, me encanta la polenta, las fotos son increíbles

quicks said...

Polenta, ricotta, Prosciutto, tomato...Please count me in.What an incredibly gorgeous cake, Aldi.

Yes, totally agree with you about challenges and life. I think they are just great opportunities to learn and grow more.

Beautiful Post and pics :)

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Our lives are made of low and downs until we might become a balance one. Last year, we as a family had one of the most difficult years of our lives but here we are still strong and united.

My heart goes out to you dear Aldy, and my prayers too.

The dish looks as always like a master piece.

Here is a little inspiration:

Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12



kankana said...

I am not sure what is that you are going through but we all feel down and stressed and we all eventually come out of it :) About this dish.. i recently got introduced to polenta and we fell in love with it :) This is a great recipe and would love to try it sometime!

Bianca said...

What a lovely dish! Polenta is always perfect in my opinion.

I am sure you will learn and grow; and come through this challenging time wiser:)

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Oooh, You 'Beautiful' People Are AMAZING! Thanks for all your lovely and kind words.



Maria said...

Hmm well said and these cakes look beautiful!

Magic of Spice said...

I am sure that you will rise to meet your challenges, and then you will be richer :) This is a delightful cake and a perfect choice of toppings :)
Hope you have a great weekend...

foodtravelandwine said...

Sin palabras me quedo al ver esta delicia de receta.....y recuerda que los challenges.....makes you stronger!!.....todo pasa.....pero la fortaleza sera mayor aun!!........Abrazotes, Marcela

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a fabulous savory cake! I love using polenta when baking.

Aaahhh, walks on the beach are fantastic!



Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

beautiful tart hope things get better for you

El dia mas dulce said...

Aldy, tenía tu publicación reservada hasta tener un hueco. Que palabras mas maravillosas y que bien me han venido en un momento como este, quizas sea la primavera la que nos cree estos sentimientos controvertidos, también la vida y las circunstancias. Pero cuando miramos hacia atras y vemos todo lo vivido, nos damos cuenta de lo afortunados que somos y que hay que seguir mirando al frente, con una nueva mirada todos los días. Feliz semana

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely words, thoughts and compliments--It certainly make my heart fly of joy :)



Miri Leigh said...

Love the toppings! Looks delicious!

Lucy said...

This is my first time stopping by your blog, what a beautiful post and recipe! Would you serve this as a dinner even though it is a "cake"?

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Lucy, Hi! nice to have you here :) Yes, absolutely--Could be served as dinner, lunch, picnics. For dinner you can also add more vegetables or toppings of your choice. And make a 'Polenta Pizza' and served with your choice of salad or soup.
Hope this answer your question!

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out,



Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I love the texture of polenta -- a savory cake is such a great idea!

Pity said...

que entrada mas profunda y deliciosa, si tuviera que elejir una de las recetas no sabria...las fotos preciosas, y los pensamientos profundos y estoy 100% de acuerdo contigo, lo mejor de la vida es gratis y siempre hay que mirar adelante y aprovechar el momento, animo amiga! besitos solidarios desde londres

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