Almond and Raspberry Bake

Food, Pleasures, writing

#Threewords #Food #Baking

8th September 2018

I was never a fan of almonds as a child

come to think of it – i never liked any nut if it was still in its shell.

it might have had something to do with the way you could never break them open

after the joys of unwrapping presents and the christmas lunch there was always the pain of cracking them open with a small hammer

and the feel of shards of broken shell inside your mouth.

So i avoided them in my youth – picking them out of my portions of fruitcake, watching what kind of fudge i was eating – that kind of thing.

Marzipan was public enemy No 1

even the favorite chinese was scrutinised for the phrase “May contain Nuts”

funny thing was i’d eat everything else – even chillis in a curry.

Till one day coming home from college – i’d entered a cafeteria nearby for a warm drink before catching the tram home.  I liked the look of the cake in the display so i ordered a piece….”Almond and Raspberry Bake ?” – The chef asked

Errr…”Yes Please”….I Paused….”Just a small slice”

My mind got transported to being ten again. I’d just ordered edible dynamite.

The hot chocolate wafted under my nose….I couldn’t leave it

I broke off a bit with the fork and swiftly started to eat,

It was different to my childhood memory – not grainy or sharp – and what’s more – it was sweet….with the raspberry jam, it was like eating a raspberry sponge…and it made the hot chocolate taste nicer in a way

By the time i’d finished my drink – the plate in front of me was empty

The edible dynamite – hadn’t exploded

So i paid my bill – and decided to celebrate

“Can i have another slice of that – for the way home please ?”

Transformation II

Christmas, Cooking, Food, Fruit, Places

Transformation

in the kitchen

magic is performed

as

yellow butter

white sugar

brown flour

some eggs

and mixed fruit

join together in harmony

with the aid of nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed space

 

popped in the oven

and left to combine

they jump about in the warm

and become solid or baked

forming a most wonderful substance

a cake.

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Garden Apple Pie

Cooking, Food, Fruit, Garden, Treat, Treats

 

A San-San By Brian F Kirkham (Inky)

The branches against the household wall

holds fruit that’s ripening for a pie

blackberry stems bring fruit with flavour this season

that answers to the pastries call

over with envy the birds do fly

could this be why it cooks with haste ?

depriving the feathered hunters a reason

to head for the window to grab a taste

Apprentice

Cooking, People, Poetry

Apprentice

Written by Brian F Kirkham for the Apprentice prompt 7/5/2017

 

Flour strewn across the table

cocoa liberally cast on the floor

cinnamon dust lines the air

cutting through the icing sugar fog

And through the icing sugar mist

the young lad who’s eager to learn

emerges to grab his bosses attention

he was watching as the sugar burned

but alas, he grabbed the oven door top

and as the door of the oven started to drop

he realised there wasnt enough water in the mix

as his cake creation put him in a fix

A cloud of sugary dust appeared

igniting to light his hair and his beard

apprentice or novice – his boss he was swayed

to call the number of the fire brigade

Cerise

Acrostic, Poetry, Treat, Treats

#coloryourworld #cyw #cerise

 

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Cake with Cerise Roses – Sourced in Bing, Edited by BFK.

Chosen for its vibrant pinks

each rose, beautifully set against white royal icing

red in some ways, more deep pink in others

it’s vibrancy happily cheers “Hello!”

some might say cherries might have been a better decoration, but

everyone agrees – its perfect for a mothers day tea.

 

Tempted

Food, Fun, Growing up, Poetry

Tempted

Sat on the table,

with a note by its side

“Do Not Touch” – Says the label

that’s by the cake on the table

prepared by nephews, nanna and me

for little sisters birthday tea

 

But it looks so nice there – sat on its own

hungry Horace is a sneaking – but his cover is blown

he wonders into a very sweet dream

pondering chocolate and fondant and cream

 

Temptation makes him into the kitchen stray,

but Grandad’s in sitting room – and watches him sway

“No – one will know” , says Horace to himself,

till Grandad enters kitchen – putting cake on the shelf!!!

Understanding

Cooking, Food, Learning, Poetry

12th June 2016

Understanding

When you look at the art of the written word

understanding what’s written on the page is important

particularly, if you’re making a cake

A fine line tween success and failure

Misreading a teaspoon for a tablespoon

even to a most learned chef – can lead to disaster

as what can be produced – can be quite inedible

Chocolate Cake

Cooking, Domestic, Food

Following on from my post on Lemon Meringue Pie, Here’s a recipe for a Chocolate Cake.

 

For this cake : You will Need

2lb of Flour

2lb of Sugar

1lb of Butter

3 heaped teaspoons of Baking Powder

Cocoa Powder and /or Chocolate

 

Method

Mix flour and the butter together, and then the sugar and the baking powder

then Stir in the Cocoa and/or fresh chocolate to the mix

Once mixed together – place in a greased tin and put in a warm oven for 1 hour

After baking let stand, and decorate to your choosing.