Monday, October 20, 2008

death and taxes

Super Saturday was a mild success. Some great projects completed, others stalled for lack of supplies or the expertise or some other obstacle. For example, I made a rather involved Martha molasses spice cake to hold that yummy sounding frosting, only to have my hand mixer die in use. On the first of three mixing stages--sugar and butter, eggs and molasses, flour and spices. I dumped everything into the food processor and started again, but with only modest results. The meringue frosting required mixing in a bowl over a simmering pot of water so that frosting option had to be rejected for a simple glaze. Which, all things considered, turned out better than the cake. I invented a cider reduction glaze that basically goes as follows:

1 cup cider -- boiled and reduced to 1/3 cup
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 t salt

Boil until thick and pour over cake

The cake went over well at the party, although I wasn't thrilled with the density of the cake, should have been lighter and airier, a feature I'm blaming on the dead mixer.

Sunday dawned bright and early with preparation for my religious education class. The Gospel reading for the day was from the book of Matthew regarding paying to Caesar what is Caesar and to God what is God's. Imagine a lesson on taxes and tithing for the Kindergarten and First Grade set. The little group of nine four to seven year olds are a joy to work with, even if their energy can seem overwhelming on a weekend morning. The contrast between the morning's liveliness and an afternoon spent in my windowless office at work couldn't have been more stark. Not to mention breaking the Sabbath. Big week this week requires more than the usual effort to be invested--thankfully I am on vacation Friday and will be spending it in NYC.

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