Mar. 9th, 2013

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"[Bilbo] had a horrible thought that the cakes might run short, and then he -- as the host: he knew his duty and stuck to it, however painful -- he might have to go without. "'Come along in, and have some tea!' he managed to say after taking a deep breath. "'A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,' said Balin with the white beard. 'But I don't mind some cake -- seed-cake, if you have any.' "'Lots!' Bilbo found himself answering, to his surprise; and he found himself scuttling off , too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel." And there you have it. Clue-finder and web-cutter, friend of bears and guest of eagles, Ringwinner, Luckwearer, Barrel-rider: Bilbo Baggins bakes, too. Here is the all-round Hero in potentia, waiting for the Call... but with one eye on the oven timer. (And the appetite obviously heroic, as well. Only a hobbit would consider two whole seedcakes "a morsel".) ...It's been hanging about in British children's literature for a while now, the seed cake. The appearance in The Hobbit is hardly the first one: seed cake turns up as comfort food often enough, sometimes in strange disguises (the reference in Winnie the Pooh to "crustimoney proseedcake" is one of these). I woke up this morning (completely irrationally) with the yen for it and went to check what recipes were to be found. There are quite a few out there in the Webby part of the world at the moment: apparently the cake is having a mini-renaissance due to people rereading The Hobbit in the wake of the film, or in prep for it. Now, we've had a recipe for something similar over at European Cuisines for a while now, but it's more along toward the Irish-influenced "tea bread" end of the spectrum due to the chopped candied fruit in it. So I checked the classic recipe from Beeton, had a look at Delia and Nigel Slater, and then wandered about a little bit more (discovering along the line that we're out of baking parchment [makes a note on the kitchen chalkboard]) and assessed a few others.Read more... )
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Due to ructions at the DD.com website and various home / software issues, the LJ end of things has been slipping a little, especially in regards to the site truly being a mirror of "Out of Ambit." This has been pretty sporadic of late.

So I've been doing some software updating, and that will be changing. I finally have BlogJet set up correctly to make sure that new posts are copied over here from OOA in a timely manner. (I think. This may take a few days to settle down.) So some older postings from OOA will be appearing here as well over the next few weeks, insofar as they're germane or I think people might be interested in them. Otherwise, new OOA postings should appear here on the same day.  ... I'm looking at whether having tweets mirror here as well, or whether that'll be too annoying. Opinions are welcome.

Also, for those who were wondering: no, I haven't abandoned the 30-Day OTP project: that starts again, almost immediately. (Like later today.)

More shortly.

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