Sunday, December 28, 2008



I bought this wee painting as a holiday gift to myself. Just love it. Rustic black olives. Reminds me of the Mediterranean and warm sunny climes. It is by friend of mine, English artist and photographer, Tim Burns. Painted on a piece of driftwood, there is even a hole in the top left olive where the pip came out. You can't really see it in this pic.

Also, here is the Ginger Cake recipe from Mrs. Baird written so many years ago. At least what I could make out from the hastily scrawled recipe.
6oz margarine
3 oz lard
2 oz sugar
1/2 pound sultanas
2 oz currants
1 egg
1 Tbsp syrup ( maybe Lyles Golden?)
1Tbsp treacle
1 tsp bicarb of soda
10 oz flour
pinch salt
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp jam ? ( or 1 jam spoon of pepper?)
pepper? (It looks like 1 Jam . pepper, so make of it what you might, I'm really not sure what it means) EDITED: 1 tsp Allspice ! whole Jamaican pepper= allspice

1. Melt margarine and lard in pan.
2. In big bowl, mix dry ingredients
3. Drop in egg and half the melted lard, beat well
4. Add the rest
5. Put into prepared tin and bake 2 hours. ( I imagine at 350F)

5 comments:

Kathy said...

Beautiful painting and I love the display. The recipe sounds delightful!! If I liked the kitchen I would try it.

Sara said...

The painting is beautiful, but I have to admit that I like your own artwork a lot more. Do you display your own work in your home?

Leslie said...

I like the painting-what's not to like about olives? I love olives-all kinds. we have a new shop here (Whole Foods-mostly organic stuff and they have a variety of fresh olives-yum!

Hope you had a nice holiday and that your cold is all gone now.

xoxo,
Leslie

Christina said...

Yum, this sounds so good. Did some one say, Jamaican pepper. : ) I'm all over that. : ) lol

ChichiBoulie said...

Lovely painting and recipe looks delish!

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