Thursday, November 4, 2010

Everything happens at once

First I was over at Jaboopee (a blog written by Elaine Prunty, glass artist and creative wonder), reading a little poem (ahem) of my own composition to while away the long hours while she finished her St Brigid mosaic.

[the making of St Brigid, from Jaboopee]

And then I appeared in the current issue of House & Home, defiantly disregarding the state of the nation to talk about myself. Paul Sherwood, the photographer, was an easy and affable presence about the house and made even our wellington boots look glamorous.

[House & Home, Nov/Dec 2010]

St Brigid was finished by then, I gladly heard, and I promised Elaine I'd rally the imaginary women of the parish to hold a cake sale to pay for a bus (the Mosaic-Mobile, we'd call it) up to Dublin to admire it. The imaginary women would show up with their crumbling rice krispie buns and banal scones* and there I'd be modestly brandishing my magnificent chocolate cake, one euro a slice.

*the imaginary women are really very good bakers


Magnificent chocolate cake (serves 10)
4 oz butter
8 oz caster sugar
2 eggs
8 oz flour (plain or self-raising)
1 teaspoon bread soda
2 oz cocoa powder
250 ml milk
juice of half a lemon

Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then add the flour, bread soda and cocoa, alternating with the milk. Add the lemon juice and mix. Spoon into a tall 20 cm (or so) round cake tin (lined and greased) and bake at 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 for an hour. Allow to cool, remove from tin and adorn as you wish.

44 comments:

  1. Oooh! I just started 'following' you a few moments ago and look - a new post for me to read! Congrats on the House and Home thing -nice!! and thanks for the recipe - I was also just wondering what I might bake for my next 'Make and Do Mondays' night. This cake could well be it! AND I just answered your query on the thing beside my fireplace on my blog! Everything DOES happen at once!

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  2. Who knew we were keeping such famous company Mise! Don't think we can get the Irish version of the mag here in Canada...can you post the article?

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  3. Great photograph - just started buying H&H since you recommended it - great to get a nice Irish publication for a change! Oh and thanks for the lovely comment also. G

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  4. I second J's comment- will you pls post when the mag is out?!
    That is great news- So happy for you- Absolutely all the best!

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  5. Just got my monthly sub of House and Home (in the post - Best birthday present ever!). Great article lady and I didnt know you had a yellow AGA - now I have pink chair, cream stove and yellow aga envy!!! Sinead x

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  6. Congrats on your blog appearance - that's great!

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  7. I'm running out the house as I type with my real assistant holding onto the computer as we both rush crab-like toward the centra...they better have the most recent H&H or woe betide them.
    Congrats on that , looking forward to reading it . Thank you again for your wonderful poetic presence at mine.
    Can't wait for the St.Brigid knees up, Tell the ladies of the parish to just bring wine and if you don't mine I'd like to just keep the cake for myself ....

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  8. Go you! So wonderful. Everything happens at once especially when someone's been very good at something in a persistent kind of way for a longish period of time:).

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  9. Oh Yummmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Are we looking at your house?
    What a beautiful, cheerful, uplifting place! But then, I should have known you are multi-talented.

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  10. Chocolate cake. Yellow aga? You are beyond cool. Cannot afford flight to Ireland or actually even the cost of the mag. Ok I exaggerate but you know what I'm asking. A x

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  11. Can you get that bus to swing by Bridport on its way to Dublin? I have some fairy cakes I can bring? No? How about Gin then?

    Is your feature on-line yet? Just went to the H&H site, but couldn't see anyone there that was nearly as fabulous as you. Not even Orla.

    Your mystery surprise is inching ever nearer the post office counter...

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  12. Thanks, everyone! I think the articles from the current H&H go online on their website gradually over the next few weeks - I'll fly a flag when it's available.

    Flora, the bus indubitably stops for gin. I'm just dusting my mystery-pedestal in readiness for the mystery.

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  13. Well done Mise, I'll watch out for it in the shops...(not that I go to shops, but I might ask someone who does.)

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  14. Oh my. I am beyond excited to hear that you are in House and Home! Will you be outsourcing your comments on my blog now that you are Big Time? xx

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  15. You are a girl about town, aren't you? Will you be serving tea with your magnificent cake? Mine's white with one, thanks.

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  16. Beautiful! And - beautiful. And also, beautiful. And yummy.

    What is bread soda please?

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  17. Humel, bread soda is sodium bicarbonate. Clearly our cultures are chasms apart as well as an Irish sea. Look, I'm waving at you! You're waving back.

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  18. Mise, there's a pair of you in it, you and Jaboopee~Elaine... Is this some sort of exclusive club? And once I stop gagging in jealousy at you and your yellow aga, and snorting with laughter at Elaine's crab-like comment, I will offer you my most heartfelt congratulations and hip-hip-hoorays.

    I promise...

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  19. what a positively colourful post!
    cheers to you!!
    ~laura

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  20. One can never have too many choc cake recipes. What a gorgeous photo of you and pink daughter. Really cute!! Xoxo

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  21. Who says a prophet is never recognised in their own land? You are an inspiration to us all. Beautiful photo of you and your golden cherub. How can I access the article? I'd love to see/read more. Happy baking - can't wait to try this recipe! Meredy xo.

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  22. Amazing Chocolate cake mise! And well done on The House & Homes article! Gorgeous photo, I'll have to get it X

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  23. Oh no Mise,
    You have bought into the celebrity culture, and now it is going to be so difficult to get a comment from you from now on !! Will you still speak to us now that you are famous !!....and, you are giving us chocolate cake recipes to make us all fat !!
    Sorry, just joking. How brilliant to be in the magazine. A lovely tribute to your beautiful home. I shall look out for it and read it with my slice of Magnificent Chocolate Cake next to me.
    Oh, and what beautiful work by Elaine. My friend is a stained glass artist and has a piece in the Willian Morris Museum at the moment. XXXX

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  24. Phew, glad somebody else spared me the faux pas of asking what bread soda is! That cake looks truly scrumptious, there goes my weekend.

    I suppose you'll be inundated with new followers now that news of your ivory stove has spread onto the printed page - and rightly so! I do hope they bring drinks and nibbles though...

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  25. I am indeed waving :-) (My arm is tired now, please may I stop?)

    Ah yes, bicarb of soda I understand and have in stock. Two nations divided by a common language? xx

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  26. Oooh, I have still to pick up my copy of H & H, (reminder to self to subscribe!) looking forward to seeing it and your home in all your glory

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  27. House & Home should feel very lucky. I'll be waiting for you to wave your flag.

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  28. I knew it!!! Only a matter of time before you became famous!!! A blog star!!! and well deserved!!! I hope you had your fireplace in time for your photo shoot!!! I'm going to pop over there after this comment..

    I'm even MORE sorry now that I am late to this post!! Hope you will forgive my tardiness now you are famous!! hehehe... So... I think a giveaway is in order of the H&H Mise Edition!!! especially for us poor Antipodeans who probably have no access to it!! I'll take up your suggestion of a Northern Hemisphere giveaway if you do the Southern.. hahahaha

    Thanks for you lovely comments and CONGRATS dear Friend!! ciao xxx Julie

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  29. Me again.. Perhaps we should all do a Mise post and then you can spend your week popping from blog to blog knowing that the reading material will be worthy.. hehehe xxx Julie

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  30. Who needs a thread count when you're in House & Home! That's worth its weight in chocolate cake. How exciting ~ congratulations, Mise!!

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  31. cake? wine? poetry? glossy magazines?
    I'm so at home here.

    (Obviously that's just me, not my home, which would be in the remedial group. I'm too busy lusting after your house/ lifestyle to sort my own out)

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  32. For real? the H & H feature isn't one of your tongue-'n-cheek gags? And what's a yellow aga? I'm such an outsider, please interpret!!!

    OK, if H&H is for real, we need to see more. I'll be checking to see if Barnes & Noble carries H & H...they often have English (so we can read them) home titles...so expensive that we have to sit there on the store benches and look at the pages before returning the mags to their slots.

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  33. Whew, hard to get to the end of the comments. AND I'm your very best friend, right?

    Totally concur on the giveaway idea but to make it easy we'll just pretend I won. 'K? Yay!

    xo Jane

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  34. You girls look so cute! It was just a matter of time before fame and fortune came knocking. Congratulations, my dear!

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  35. Loved the piece on your home in House & Home, especially your yellow Aga - love the clean cottage style throughout - big fan of Neptune as well - on my list when I revamp my own kitchen! thanks for introducing me to Jaboopee -

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  36. man, look at you!! how awesome is that. cool links - photographer and mag, but couldnt find you in them {or that might be my potent mix of cough mixture and whisky talking}.

    and a cake maker to boot, no wonder you and Cath Kidston are such chums. xx

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  37. Oh you star you! I would struggle to make the back page of Second Wives Weekly.
    Millie ^_^

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  38. You are so famous! Please will you post some more photos - maybe the gumboot one? Would so like to see the article. Congratulations Mise! And the cake sounds delicious.

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  39. You were in House and Home?! Oooo I know someone in a stylish mag. (Not in a stylish mack, unless you just happen to be wearing one of course). I have just been to their website and seen your article - it mentions the jam-jars! Your house though, gosh Mise. I love it - especially that yellow range in your kitchen and the wall with the children's paintings. And the beautiful picture in the bathroom. And... ok, will stop there. :)

    Congrats to Elaine for finishing her mosiac as well!

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  40. I thought you were kidding. You really ARE in House & Home! I know a famous person!

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  41. They even mentioned the jam jars!

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  42. Well deserved. I guess your follower group is now officially your fan club. Do we get to say,
    "We knew you when...?"
    Congrats!

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  43. Loved your article in House & Home - the pics are gorg! That cake looks divine :O) I totally empathise with the "everything happening at once" at the moment!!

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  44. You never cease to amaze me, you and your yellow AGA! Your home has the look that makes me want to move right in. Don't worry, I won't. I'll just admire from afar. Congratulations!

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