On Saturday morning, I went to an art workshop intriguing named Drawing ‘avec des ciseaux’ at a gallery in town. I hadn’t really appreciated that many of Matisse’s most recognisable works were actually cutout pieces of painted paper and that he had pioneered this technique.
It was fun to recreate The Parakeet and the Mermaid with a few others.
I usually buy my eggs from a lady in the village who sells them from her house. Normally I’ll go and get greeted by a cacophony of barking and two little faces of a wiry terrier and a sleek black labrador but on Thursday as I walked up the drive and gentle rang the bell, this little friend came sleeking out of the shed.
It has been a long time since I’ve baked anything and anyone who has been to our house knows the cupboards are stuffed the rafters with strange and unusual ingredients that we might have bought on a whim. I happened upon a Christmas cake kit complete with fruit, icing and marzipan in the cupboard which I’d bought just after Christmas when it was going for a song (99p in Waitrose for the interested) and it clicked that I’d just been thinking about buying a simnel cake for Easter.
I had bought such a beautiful simnel cake last year from Betty’s Tearoom in York which we rather enjoyed but it didn’t have the traditional balls of marzipan on to represent the apostles minus Judas on it. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very tasty cake.
pao commented that the little packet of marzipan in the box wasn’t going to be enough for the cake as there is marzipan in the middle and on the top of the cake. I used the tiny packet for the middle and made a mental note to buy some marzipan in the week but two large packets of ground almonds caught my eye and I looked up the recipe for marzipan to discover it was ridiculously easy to make with ingredients I already had so today I had a glorious free day to myself and set out to make marzipan.
I glued it on with some apricot jam my friend had given me and made my eleven balls. They are a bit larger than normal but I do like marzipan! I feel rather pleased as I had only used things I had at home already and only had to buy another pack of eggs. I still have to brown the top of my cake but I’ll do that at the weekend as I want to give the marzipan a chance to dry out a bit first.
We won a couple of tickets to do some pottery throwing at Aylesford Pottery last weekend.
I have a new found respect for Richard’s skill at Canterbury Pottery.