Cake and chocolate are two “C” words that have not, as yet, been proscribed. Christmas and cunt have been. Creating forbidden fruit has never succeeded in producing an aversion in those to whom the fruit are irresistible. Words of all kinds are irresistible to me and I will not be rationed or denied. However, this being the season of good will, albeit one that dare not speak its name, I shall confine myself to the pleasures of cake and chocolate. The fire is crackling, the cat’s asleep on the biggest armchair and I’m planning the cooking that I’ll be doing over the next few days: which situation is not that different to any other winter Friday save that, in truth, I know exactly what I’ll be cooking as the orders have been placed by family members with vivid childhood memories that have to be annually reproduced with same attention to detail as a Vermeer by Han van Meegeren. As cooking gives me a great deal of pleasure I am often deflected from my purpose by recipes and memories of own. Whilst engaged in researching the cookery books on my shelves, in the vain hope of finding something new that will successfully pass as something old, I picked up a book with the unimaginative yet concise title of “French Cooking”. This turned out to be a Marks & Spencer publication from 1978 which credentials are not the most arresting. I was on the hunt for a cake to sustain me through breaks in my cooking and I was not disappointed. Should you find this book by Eileen Reece, buy it. Although photography fashions have changed the thrust of the book supports all my beliefs in uncomplicated home cooking with the very best ingredients which does not mean the most expensive. The chocolate cake I found therein does everything a chocolate cake should do. It seduces by look, taste and texture and is hard to keep for any length of time as forbidden fruit are, as I previously mentioned, the most tempting and are, happily, quite irresistible.
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Looks amazing Roger!
Cheers Andy…as you can see, not much left:)
OMG – C*** Season! Muriel Belcher would be in her element 😉
She would indeed….no rationing of c words in those days:)
I bet she liked cake 😉
There wasn’t much she didn’t like!
I don’t think she liked the male chicken 😉
Good point….or maybe not:)
mmmmm… chocolate cake. Want!
don’t we all:)
A very happy Christmas to you, Roger. 😉
Many thanks, Selma, and the same to you:)
Even those crumbs look ever so tempting.
I was too stuffed to finish them:)
I love a chocolate cake that has actual chocolate in it, is it light? with the egg whites being whipped I imagine it is full of air, like a sponge.. I call it Christmas, it is after all Christmas. Just as I call Hanukkah – Hanukkah and The Chinese New Year the Chinese New Year … I have never understood how Christmas can be offensive if none of the others are offensive or renamed. To each his own. So Merry Christmas Roger.. may your cooking be bright. c
And a very merry Christmas to you too,Celi, and all your creatures….and of course John:)
Love that recipe, Fröhliche Weihnachten
Many thanks, Gerlinde…a very Merry Christmas to you:)
Excellent writing Roger. Lovely cake too. Happy Christmas to you and yours.
Cheers, Conor….have a good one 🙂
A lovely cake; chocolate and almons go so well together. and lots of ‘c’ ness to ponder.
I c 🙂
Oh the frustration of tradition at such times! yes, I want to try something different too, but can’t disappoint those expecting the same procedure as every year (do you know “Dinner for One”?) That c*ke looks wi*ked.
We have some German friends who have shown us “Dinner for One”….they love it:)
Yes, the Germans/Austrians/Swiss love it, standard on all German-speaking TV channels at New Year. They can’t believe the Brits don’t know it.
I think I’ve seen it enough already..(twice is definitely enough):)
This is a chocolate cake I will be trying. Easy and looks delicious. Have a very happy Christmas!
Have a very Happy Christmas, Angeline, and enjoy the cake:)
A very lovely cake Roger. Nice shadow on our photograph. I love french cakes, so simple…
They have patissiers to make the fancy stuff….French home cakes are nice and simple…have a lovely Christmas:)
Oh, you are full of Christmas Spirit if puss is allowed to cosy down in the most comfortable chair!!
He’s becoming a very willful cat! Have a very happy Christmas, Eha:)
Ooooh, this looks the real deal, the puppy’s privates, even!
Love the puppy’s privates…so much more Chistmassy than dog’s bollocks:)
“cooking as the orders have been placed by family members with vivid childhood memories that have to be annually reproduced with same attention to detail as a Vermeer…” I’ll be doing the same and have just been looking wistfully at a recipe for Jamaican jerk turkey which I don’t think would meet their expectations! Have a wonderful C word Roger. Looking forward to poring over your delicious images and chuckling at your witty prose in 2015.
Cheers, Sally, have a wonderful C yourself…:)
Yep. Nice work and I’m very impressed that you have been able to use the c-bomb in your post. Very nice work indeed 🙂
Hoorah….have a very good Christmas:)
And you 🙂
Beautiful as always, Roger.
Thanks, Amanda….have a lovely Christmas:)
Am counting the days until it’s all over…;) Wishing you all every happiness for Christmas and the New Year Roger.
I know what you mean….the one bit I really enjoy is the cooking in the days leading up to the C moment:)
Same here 🙂
Nice plate! Have you been lurking at the marché aux puces again? Hope you and Jenny have a lovely, lovely holiday.
Many thanks Michelle…all our best Christmas wishes to you and Steve:)
That cake wouldn’t last long around here, Roger, and that’s saying something being I live alone.
Wishing you and Jenny the best Christmas and a most joyful New Year.
Many thanks,John. I’ve just made a new cake to replace that one….can’t imagine who ate it…:)
Love your funny prose as well as your recipe for a cake that no doubt I would adore…this or any season. Happy Holidays and New Year. Looking forward to seeing lots more in 2015!
Many thanks for the visit, Teresa…have a lovely Christmas:)