Gold,Frankincense and what the f…k is that….

Glacé cherries and Christmas decorations have something in common apart from looking cheap and cheerful. Their communion is that they both offer much more than they can ever deliver in that they depend on a thin veneer of cosmetic attraction behind which lies nothing. Perfect for the zeitgeist,  so I immediately bought some – glacé cherry that is, as buying new Christmas decorations after one has a reached a certain seniority of years is beyond the pale. In the dark recesses of garages, lofts and wardrobes lie hidden, for eleven months of each year, troves of silver and gold tinsel, cracked baubles and fallen angels that are bound together with strings of coloured “fairy” lights that will have the veins throbbing in foreheads as each bulb is removed and replaced in the vain hope of the circuit being completed before Grandpa decides to mend them with a hammer. Back to the glacé cherries and my disappointment in myself for buying them. I had planned to make a Bakewell tart which is a demanding tart in that it demands tawdry decoration as is the wont of many tarts.  I was not in the mood to trample on tradition however embarrassing it might be if an acquaintance was to catch me in the act of buying them. The utterance of the frail excuse “They’re for a friend” would confirm a friendless state. The member of the trio of Wise Men who brought Myrrh as a gift had earlier turned down the option of Glacé cherries which decision confirmed his wisdom as Gold, Frankincense and Glacé cherries would not have cut it. It’s well known that Mary hated them but was keen on Angelica.bakewell_tart_0249bakewell_tart_recipe

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36 Responses to Gold,Frankincense and what the f…k is that….

  1. Lovely tart and photo. But I don’t want any. It’s the cherries 🙂

  2. Mad Dog says:

    What a beautiful tart!
    My nod to Christmas decorations is the Catalan Caganer 😉

  3. Tandy says:

    I shall use this tart for decorations that are edible rather than waste my money on trinkets 🙂

  4. Graham says:

    Perhaps a Christmas goose from Winchester could keep your tart from Bakewell company.

  5. There now, Roger, you have broadened my education. I think you should tweet the Pope about the whole angelica thing.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Excellent tart and photograph, Roger. If glacé cherries are not for you, perhaps you might prefer to use red gummy bears? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummy_bear) Good luck with the chopping.

  7. Cherries are welcome here. Anytime. Lovely photo, Roger.

  8. Karen says:

    I had not heard of a Bakewell tart but your photo makes it look delicious with our without cherries.

  9. Michelle says:

    Such a beautiful tart, despite the cherries. (Steve would like it though. He even likes fruitcake.)

  10. Eha says:

    Would not like the tart and would not like the cherries [sourpuss, huh?], but I got a loud laugh out of many lines of the tale . . .

  11. Tessa says:

    Lovely photo! Well, at least you chose the red cherries for your tart and not the green ones…

  12. emmycooks says:

    I’d never heard of this tart before so I’ll forever associate it with you now. 🙂

  13. Brilliantly funny Roger and I adore Bakewell tart. Have to confess to a love of glacé cherries, there´s something sluttishly gorgeous about them that I can´t resist!

  14. Leta Blake says:

    I truly always love your photos and your musings on life. 🙂

  15. Funny, as always. I love fruit and I love candy, but the thought of candied fruit gives me chills. The same with fruitcake. This, however, looks delightful.

  16. Now that is the epitome of a beautiful dessert.

  17. This picture is why nobody, *nobody* should ever spend one penny on the travesty that is Mr Kiplings bloody bakewell tarts!! Gorgeous.

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