My first piece of news this week is that the launch arranged for 8th July for ‘The Youngest Cameleer’ at Readings Carlton has been postponed. Hopefully I haven’t mentioned this event to many people. But if someone should happen to turn up please forgive me. It was becoming too much of a battle for my publisher to make this event on time.
Though I have earnestly promised to never talk about what I cook for dinner, I have been asked to divulge the recipe of my ‘fresh fruit’ cake. This is of course my opportunity to PR my oncoming my new ebooks: “The Grevillea Murder/Mystery Trilogy” which is filled with the simple recipe my heroine, Olivia Beauman, often uses. Here is her recipe for a Pear and Chocolate Cake.
Ingredients:150 grms melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cup SR flour
pinch baking powder
½ teasp lemon juice
stewed apples or pears.
Combine everything but the fruit _ this batter should be very firm- and place in oiled cake tin. Arrange fruit to cover the batter completely and bake @ C160 for approx an hour.
Use icing sugar, a spoonful of butter and 2 heaped tblsp of good cocoa to cover cake when it’s cool enough. Don’t worry if the icing is liquidy. Let it seep through.
THis week’s novel was one of the best books I have ever read about mental illness. Alistair Campbell’s ‘All the Mind’ is compelling reading. if anyone suffers with bouts of depression I think they would learn more from this fictional account of a psychiatrist’s clients than from months of therapy.