Today has involved creative work of a different kind. Jenny and I have been dismantling perfectly nice pieces of old furniture and distressing them. I’ve never thought of getting rid of stress by distressing something else. Destressed by distress is an interesting concept, but it’s certainly worked. The November sun has dutifully shone down on our labours and our furniture seems to thrive on distress as there is no doubt that the pieces are looking a lot better. Paints and varnishes needed to dry and at that point I heard, or felt, that distinct call for chocolate. Jamie Oliver has a very simple Chocolate Fudge cake in his book “The Ministry of Food”. I had no fudge, so this is just a very wet and delicious chocolate cake that was made in about 35 minutes from start to finish – that’s a good cake idea, which has made me even more destressed than I was when making our furniture miserable.