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Summer Solstice lack of celebration

June 21, 2012

My blog is telling me that this will be my 200th post.  Really? I ought to post something  celebratory and meaningful in recognition of the event, but I’m a bit stuck for exciting ideas. And I thought it was the summer solstice or the longest day today, but Rella informs me that this was yesterday because it’s a leap year. That’s not right. I’m sure people are partying at Stonehenge today anyway. Doesn’t matter because we’ve not seen the sun for most of today  – or yesterday for that matter.

So no photos of us dressed in pretty frocks gambolling around a bonfire with flowers in our hair drinking celebratory wine (as in Dodie Smith’s lovely book “I Capture the Castle”)  –  the beloved probably wouldn’t have wanted to partake anyway, nor Arlo either.

Arlo did have a day at his new school today and came home really excited about the whole thing, so that’s a plus. Here’ a photo of him leaving without a coat (it’s in the bag) and walking over a hose pipe that’s waiting in anticipation on the rain soaked ground. 

I made a cake too. It’s a summer cake with pineapple and coconut because I feel we need some tropical warmth. Strawberries are’t going to cut it. I was going to call it a longest day cake….

Coconut pineapple cake: Soak 2oz desiccated coconut in 3oz boiling water and set aside.  Put 7oz very soft butter in a bowl and add  7oz sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs – mix the whites in first before adding the yolks.  In a separate bowl mash 4oz fresh or tinned pineapple with a fork so that it’s squishy (or use tinned ready crushed pineapple) and add this and then the  coconut to the cake mixture. Mix in 8oz self raising flour. Pour into a greased and lined 9″ round deepish  cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes in a moderate oven until golden brown.

Ice when cool with a coconut icing – put a tablespoon of coconut in a bowl and add a teaspoonful of water and a dollop of butter (probably a heaped teaspoon) and mix together. Then add enough icing sugar to make a stiffish paste – about 5oz.

Nice cake, summery taste, pretty plate, crap weather.







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