Order the Texas sheet cake at Smoke’N Ash BBQ in South Arlington and, as advertised, you’ll get a rectangle of moist chocolate cake with a generous layer of sweet, chocolate icing. But nestled into the icing are chunks of Texas pecans tinted a startling color of red, which is especially striking against the backdrop of a stark white plate. Don’t be alarmed. It’s not cayenne, but a special blend of berbere spice shipped in from Ethiopia. The blend of chiles and spices is to Ethiopian cuisine what salt and pepper is to Texas brisket. It provides a rush of warmth to the cake, and the combination of this African spice and a thoroughly Texan dessert is just one small example of the joyous adventure of…View Original Post
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