Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oy vey! It's a thing of beauty.


Look what I made today. Ain't she a thing of beauty? And to think that I wasn't going to bother with a Christmas cake this year! But I had most of the ingredients in the house already; I remembered to soak the fruit and nuts in brandy overnight; and today after church, I lovingly sifted and mixed and poured and baked and waited as the most glorious smell filled the house. .

And I'd like to thank all of my bloggy friends out there who left comments encouraging me to go ahead and bake it. Ya know! You're kind of like my very own Jewish mother. Always looking out for my interests and my health .... encouraging me to "EAT".

"You should bake that Xmas cake," you said! "After all," you said, "it's one of your traditions." And even though no one said it, I swear I could hear you saying "You have to bake it! What would you eat when you drink your vat of Xmas wine while you're doing your jigsaw puzzle?" "And don't worry about the 10 lb of fruit and nuts that you're putting into your already ample body." (Now you're really sounding like my mother!)

But like any good daughter, I listened to you. I baked a half recipe. And I'm so glad I did! So, thank you for your encouragement.

Just don't go complaining that I never call or visit!

Beattie, the middle-aged London Jewish mother in the British Telecom TV ads:
Beattie (sitting next to the phone, talking to a photo of her child):

So you can't phone. You can't pick up a phone and dial. You got maybe something wrong with your finger. It's a phobia. You're telephobic.
The phone rings. Beattie picks up.
Child (on the other end of the phone):
Hello, Mum.
Fade out; fade in on Beattie putting the phone down.
Beattie (to the photo):
So you can't visit. You can't call round. You can only phone. Never mind. It's a pleasure to hear your voice. (pause) Little more often wouldn't hurt...


Pamela Gordon said...

Hey, that's great that you made half the cake! It looks delish and I'm sure you'll get to share it with someone over the holiday. I love your funny story line. Have a great week!!


Bake it and we will come. That is why we encouraged you, don't you know? You need someone to share that cake with you, don't you? No reason to eat it alone. LOL Seriously, it looks yummy. Glad you had the ingredients on hand. Everytime I get something in my head to do, I end up running to the store every 15 minutes. Love the story you put at the end of your post. Guilt works wonders. Take care.

Kelly L said...

Looks good - funny story - so you can only call?? ha
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Terra said...

Oh that will be so delicious, especially with your Christmas wine.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Good for you! Glad you got it done and I know there will be someone around your house to share it with come Christmas too. I bet your house did smell wonderful. That is one of the best things about the holidays...they smell wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Jake said...

HA HA love that British ad you mentioned!!!
Thanks for dropping by, I'm adding that Julia Child book to my TBR list.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Wow, you are on top of it. I have started to buy presents and am planning on going to NY for the Christmas show, but baking, well, not yet. I am thinking of going to Costco and repackaging what they baked and passing them off as my own.

Your cake looks yummy.

Nezzy said...

Girl, it looks marvelous. I'm so glad ya didn't mess with tradition. It can be quite dangerous, ya know?


God bless and have a beautiful week!!! :o)