SO I just invented the Solstice cake. it’s haf Orange & Ginger, and half Chocolate.
make a single layer of chocolate cake (mine has almonds and brandy in it)
make a single layer of orange and ginger cake (I added almonds so that the cakes would be roughly the same consistency)
cut each layer in half crossways and stick back together with the ganachy stuff the chocolate cake recipe demands.
Put the second layer on at 90 degrees to the bottom, using the ganache stuff again, so that you have 1 corner all chocolate, 1 corner all orange & ginger (apart from the ganache) and 2 corners with both, so you have a winter (or night), spring (dawn) summer(noon) and autumn (dusk) segment making up the cake. Never let a cake come between you and a meaningful time symbol!
Smother with more ganache and hope it sets enough to take decoration, despite having forgotten to add brandy to it.This cake has everything in it. butter, gluten, nuts, alcohol… there is a gluten-free chestnut chocolate yule log as well, bu that has eggs and cream in, I’ve yet to make a vegan cake I was happy with.
It’s not finished yet, still at ‘waiting to see if it sets’. Extra chocolate may be required.
There MAY be a sun of some kind on that by tomorrow morning, there may not. Find out at Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath at Noon tomorrow!
The evil lurgy hath struck! the entire cast of our Cork event have been struck down with a midwinter ague – even the camera person. So they aren’t going to be able to perform, and the CORK event is cancelled. Deeply disappointing.
EVERYWHERE ELSE IS HAPPENING. Get thee to Blackwells Aberdeen, Summerhall Gallery Cafe Edinburgh, The Old Firestation Carlisle, The Ucheldre Centre Holyhead (Ynys Mon), or The Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath (London) in good time for Noon and celebrate the living daylights out of the Solstice, because we’re starting on the dot, and you don’t want to be late, because, you know, the sun might decide to stay away after all…
On Thursday 13th December, you are invited to City Writes Autumn 2018, at The Northampton Suite, City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
Arachne Press’ Cherry Potts and Katerina Watson will be reading their respective Solstice Shorts stories, The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night, and Threshold from Dusk. We will be supported by Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd singing Cold Time from Longest Night, and there will be readings from the winners of this term’s writing contest, Meera Betab, Angelita Bradney, Kate Henderson and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt.
This one is to make Mandy Macdonald laugh, if she remembers a conversation earlier in the year.
It is a little known fact that one of the reasons that Arachne Press is called ‘Arachne’ is because editor in Chief and owner Cherry (that’s me) is a spinner and weaver. Not about to challenge Athene to a weave-off however!
For £40 or more, a hand-stitched designed-to-your-preference (up to a point, limited by my skill!) book/mini-ipad/kindle pouch, or something of similar dimensions. (this stuff is erroneously known as tapestry, it really isn’t, I’ve made real woven tapestries, MUCH harder. This is tent stitch.) There is only ONE on offer.
My designs tend towards the geometric, but not necessarily symmetric, and will be limited to the colour palette shown on the left! previous design below to give you an idea. This takes a while as I only do it when also watching TV, so if you want it for someone’s birthday, allow a few months!