Yes, can you believe it? Six years have passed since I began this blog, one sunny day late in June. Six years! I have lasted longer than any of Fanny's assistants, and up until now I think she has been pleased with my progress. I have tackled task after task with gusto. I have prepared dish after dish with a smile on my face. I have eaten colour after colour without fear. All the while, with Fanny at my side, I have learnt the Cradock way. As it should be...
However, the Cradock way is not to miss a milestone. The Cradock way is not to let things slip. The Cradock way is not to miss an opportunity to celebrate all things Fanny. I am sorry. So sorry. Sorry to Fanny. More sorry than Sara ever was. More shamefaced than Gwen appeared to be. More apologetic than Johnnie had to be day in and day out. Sorry enough to bake a cake to somehow make up for it. A belated celebration. Will Fanny ever forgive me?
This cake was among the first that Fanny insisted I make with her. One of the first rungs on her culinary ladder. I hope it appeases her, a little. Her famous Cherry Cake, with fruit that never sinks, except they do, sometimes. Fanny has a natty suggestion for decoration too. Not known for keeping quiet, never one to pipe down, barely able to be ignored, Fanny in cake form may be a loud, banging, colourful drum. Wouldn't she?
The past six years have been a hoot. Fanny has taught me so much. I have learnt so much about Fanny too. 2019 is quite a momentous year for Fanny. Or it would have been. Fanny would have been celebrating her 110th birthday, had she still been around. Quite a thought. Fanny died 25 years ago. Part of my reason for blogging is to keep her alive in some small way, fighting for Fanny to be fixed in our minds for years to come. She may just forgive me yet... For I have some super exciting celebrations planned as the year draws to a hold, which will hopefully let the celebration of Fanny continue apace. That's the real reason I 'forgot', I've been busy in the background. Watch this space, as they say...
Happy belated Fannyversary, and keep banging that drum!ReplyDelete
Aw thanks so much, I will!Delete
love the drum cake and waiting with anticipation for what has been keeping you busy in the backgroundReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete
Happy belated Fannyversary xxxReplyDelete
Does anyone have the Fanny Cradock recipe for CHESTNUt LOG? I had all the original magazines bought monthly in the 70's.And made this recipe every Christmas for year's, along with flaming coffee.In a burst of nostalgia all my 50 year plus children want it for Christmas this year. I have lost the recipe! Please please please can anyone send me a copy?ReplyDelete
I would be so grateful and a happy Christmas. Celia Bircumshaw
Is it the Chestnut Roll? I can send you the recipe - email me using the button in the profile above and I'll send it over! ThanksDelete