This is a blog post of two parts. I was going to write about cakes and baking (nothing new there then) and then I remembered I was going to do a post about reading. But then I couldn't decide which one to do do first so have ended up combining the two. Which is actually just a diversionary tactic so that you don't notice the lack of any interesting textily stuff going on!
Regular readers will know that I belong to two book clubs and one of them is not very serious. We are all avid readers but when we get together it is usually to eat, drink and catch up on gossip. We don't all read the same books each month but instead we bring along anything we have enjoyed and do a bit of a swap. Which of course is more difficult now several of us have Kindles... so we just eat and drink some more!
My other book club meets each month and we all read the same book... and actually discuss it. In August we read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I'd read this years ago and still had my old copy but I read it again. I didn't enjoy it anymore this time and felt it very dated and self indulgent. But it gave rise to interesting discussion about mental illness and its treatment. During the discussion someone mentioned The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell... another book about mental illness.
I had a copy of this on my shelves too and had read it before but immediately wanted to read it again. I devoured this in two days. It is a wonderful book and I can highly recommend it. It's both engaging and shocking and calls in to question what is normal... or not.
Which leads very nicely into the book we have to read for September. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. This is another book I have read before and I will happily read this again before the book club meet in a couple of weeks. A really good read and I can recommend this too. So that's the books... what about the cake...
Maybe the return of The Great British Bake Off has inspired me again (I'm still peeved that I didn't even get through a first round) but yesterday I made a fruit flan...
and a chocolate pavlova (requested for our next non- serious book club meeting since I put a photo on facebook) both for a lovely evening of shared food with friends.
and today I made a raspberry and almond cake for a family lunch. Probably one of the easiest cakes I've made but also one of the best. Recipe courtesy of Nancy... Thank you... I'll be making that again!
Maybe something textiley next week... or maybe not. I might just read another book and bake another cake!