27 August 2010

Best carrot cake recipe!

At my old job the kitchen used to make the absolute best carrot cake ever, it was amazing! The cake was so moist and the icing, perfect!

I managed to get my sticky little hands on a copy of the recipe (thanks Carmen!) and so I thought I would share it. I'm just the giving sort.

Carrot Cake
8 oz plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 eggs
8 oz caster sugar
6 fl oz vegetable oil
8 oz grated carrots
8 oz tinned crushed pineapple

Sift together the dry ingredients. Beat together the eggs and add sugar and oil and beat well. Add carrots and pineapple. Line the base of a 9 inch spring clip cake tin, and bake well at 180*C for 40 mins. Test and leave the cake to settle for 15 mins at least before removing from tin.

Beat together:
4 oz butter
4 oz cream cheese (Philadelphia)
4 oz icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Keep in the fridge, does not keep well after a week, too soggy (not that it should ever last that long anyway!).


20 August 2010

18 August 2010

Hilaire Belloc - Tarantella

Do you remember an Inn,
Do you remember an Inn?
And the tedding and the spreading
Of the straw for a bedding,
And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,
And the wine that tasted of the tar?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
(Under the vine of the dark verandah)?
Do you remember an Inn, Miranda,
Do you remember an Inn?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteeers
Who hadn't got a penny,
And who weren't paying any,
And the hammer at the doors and the Din?
And the Hip! Hop! Hap!
Of the clap
Of the hands to the twirl and the swirl
Of the girl gone chancing,
Backing and advancing,
Snapping of a clapper to the spin
Out and in ---
And the Ting, Tong, Tang, of the Guitar.
Do you remember an Inn,
Do you remember an Inn?

Never more;
Never more.
Only the high peaks hoar:
And Aragon a torrent at the door.
No sound
In the walls of the Halls where falls
The tread
Of the feet of the dead to the ground
No sound:
But the boom
Of the far Waterfall like Doom.

- Hilaire Belloc

This is nice

After stumbling across this blog [This is nice? Yeah] I remembered that this blog is actually supposed to be a collection of things I like and not just something I have in order to make myself feel perpetually guilty for not updating it. So, here are some paintings:

In honour of my recent trip to Paris here is one of Robert Delaunay's Eiffel Tower paintings:

And probably one of my favourite paintings, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp (1912):

That is all.