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!
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!
Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers
Friday 21 December 2018 • 12 noon
Blackwell’s University Bookshop • 99 High Street • ABERDEEN • AB24 3EN
Poem by Ness Owen read by Marka Rifat
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth
Poem by Alison Gerhard read by Haworth Hodgkinson
Poem written and read by Catriona Yule
Story written and read by Marka Rifat
Poem by Graham Burchell read by Haworth Hodgkinson
Sun Beats over New Orleans
Poem by Natalie Gasper read by Catriona Yule
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students
Poem by Mandy Macdonald read by Marka Rifat
Story by Karen Ankers read by Catriona Yule
Poem by Paul Foy read by Marka Rifat
An Autumn Noon
Poem by Ian Grosz read by Haworth Hodgkinson
I am not Beautiful at Noon
Poem by Elinor Brooks read by Catriona Yule
The poems and stories will be interspersed with intuitive music in response to the Solstice Mode from Dundee Ambient, Part 1: Winter Solstice by Haworth Hodgkinson, played by the ensemble Intuitive Music Aberdeen.