Thursday, June 27, 2013

Winter, Solstice and the Fat Lava Cake

Above: A Fat Lava plate

To celebrate the Winter Solstice last Friday, I made a cake which kind of took on an unusual was a plain cake with a base layer of chocolate icing, then orange icing and then grated dark chocolate on top. As soon as I iced it, I decided it looked like a piece of West German Fat Lava ceramic. I love Fat Lava so this was more than ok by me.

Below: My Fat Lava Winter Solstice cake. Or is it the other way around?

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The light is a little yellow in my cake photo but I think this is quite appropriate given the wonderful creamy-yellow hue of the full 'super moon' on the Solstice. Did you see it?

Not my photo! This image is from the Huffington Post.

It has been so cold here lately which has been absolutely perfect for indulging my passion for 'cozy mysteries'. Yes, this is a real genre of writing! Essentially, they are murder-mysteries which happen in cozy locations. I am just finishing off The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donohue (the crime takes place in a quilt shop) and last week I read Motif for Murder by Laura Childs (the main character runs a scrapbooking shop). So good for sitting in front of the heater! If you're looking for the bleak gore of a Scandinavian 'krimi' forget it, but these are good reads nonetheless and ideal for the crafty amongst us!

Although last night television was completely choked up with news of our current political drama, telly on the whole has been woeful lately - just when we need it most, on cold midwinter nights!! Our answer has been to download some goodies off itunes and we are currently besotted with Hell on Wheels, set in 1870s America. Have you seen it? We polished off Game of Thrones last week but I will say nothing about The Red Wedding...lest I ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

I am loving this song, a great accompaniment to reading a 'cozy' in front of the heater in the evenings. Taken from the Hell on Wheels soundtrack, it is performed by two great Australian singers, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

Enjoy x


Sefarina said...

This cake looks delicious!
I hope your solstice was most lovely :-)

librarygirl said...

Gosh I love the choc orange combination.
Do love cosy crime. My absolute favourite is Agatha Christie's old school cosy, The Body in the library.

librarygirl said...

Actually, I got in wrong, it's Murder at the vicarage!

Feronia said...

Thanks Sefarina, it was nice :) Hope your Summer Solstice was beautiful!


Thanks librarygirl - I'll seek out Murder at the Vicarage. Sounds good - almost like a Christie/Pym crossover!!

Nichole said...

Yes yes, I can't believe the supermoon happened during the solstice weekend! How magical! I has a little solstice gift on my blog (available June 28) that may warm up your winter!

Feronia said...

Wasn't it magical! Thanks Nichole :)

trishie said...

I totally agree it's been so cold and wet and the only "entertainment" on TV is about the labour party politics...not so nice!

Hope you are keeping warm, that lava cake looks so delicious.

Feronia said...

Yes, enough with the politics! Stay warm, Trishie - hope all is well with you during this exciting time for you! :)

trishie said...

Hi Feronia, hope you had a lovely weekend. Just wanted to let you know that i'm hosting a Cosima Skincare giveaway today, hope you enter: