Thursday, 25 February 2010

Rosemary for Rememberance..

MsFish and I have had to say some final goodbyes to two much loved women, this month. They leave behind many folk, whose hearts are heavy with a sadness that cannot really be healed, but also with unique, precious memories. I hold dear to this concept. It is a comfort, when confronted with the stark, staring, numbness of loss. No one is truly gone, while they are remembered, while stories are told and memories of them are shared. They simply find a new place...within us. A robin bobbing past, the smell of Chanel, a passed on string of pearls...and there they are!
As always the lovely Nigella has something to turn, something for every occasion. This is a cake to be made for someone, who needs some care, love and a friend...

Or in remembrance of someone, who was a friend.

It is also the most soothing of cakes to make. The chopping of an apple (reminds me of my nana who, despite my mothers insistence, would peel an apple with a knife, in one long curl, because I suddenly couldn't bear the skin. I think of this every time I peel one!), the aromas of rosemary and lemons (one soothing, the other uplifting) and the simplest sponge recipe (hands busy, mind unchallenged, wandering)For an extra few grams of comfort, I sprinkled the top of mine with homemade vanilla sugar.
It looks beautiful and as you lay your rosemary along the cake top, you feel good...a ritual followed, a companion remembered.
...and of course there is a spoon to lick, a little childlike nurture for you!
To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

Rosemary Remembrance Cake (click for link to recipe)


Menopausal musing said...

I make this one on a regular basis. I love the comforting, almost "plain-ness" of it and always put extra Rosemary on the top. It's a lovely cake, perfect with a hot, strong cup of tea.

Victoria said...

Ooohh, I must try this, it sounds lovely and I'm lucky enough to have a huge rosemary bush in the front garden. We have tea bread and cinnamon biscuits to get through first though. The hardship :-)

Anonymous said...

*hugs you and kirsty* sorry for your sadness. this cake and the idea of it sounds lovely - i shall give it a try; thanks for sharing. xx

Taz said...

I too believe that memories keep a person alive in our hearts and our spirits and they visit us in the simple little things of our day to days lives.

SallyF said...

lots of love to you both x

PaperFish! said...

awwww - i have just seen this X
Hugs next weekend. I am feeling it so badly right now - you have perfect words xxx

meplusmolly said...

V LARGE hugs to both you and K little lady. My Nan also used to peel an apple with a knife in a long curl too! I miss her still, my Nan Molly ;0 Xxx