Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Plum Wonderful



Ooh, even better than Lightning Cake - but not as good a name - is Dutch Plum Cake which I found in my mother's 1955 edition of Good Housekeeping, a book in even worse physical condition than the Boston cookbook. This one has silver duct tape on the spine and crumbling pages. Luckily someone else has copied out the recipe for me. I didn't make the vanilla sauce; it was lovely warm and on its own, or with ice cream. And a good way for me to use up a little of my personal warehouse of home made jams and jellies!

I've been enjoying a blast of end-of-summer reading. A wonderfully easy and useful book on my table just now is 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell, by Chris Hamilton-Emery, a poet himself as well as the publishing director of an excellent UK press, Salt Publishing. In a neat demonstration of zeitgeist, it's appeared at the same time as Wendy Morton's memoir about the poet as self-promoter, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Hamilton-Emery's book gives some incredibly useful background on the poetry publishing industry (if that is the word for this labour of love) and a host of well-organized and practical suggestions for poets and publishers alike to get this slowest of all selling genres out into the world.

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Blogger Brenda Schmidt said...

The lightning cake was fantastic! The lightning cakes. Three of them. Or was it four? If I keep this up I'll need bigger clothes.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Rhona McAdam said...

That's wonderful! Deserves a cheesy headline: Lightning strikes poet-chef three times! I made one with sliced apples and brown sugar on top instead of plums and it was really good too.

4:27 PM  

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