Okay. I can accept that a fruitcake which has been soaked in brandy for two months may qualify as an indulgence. Yet I was most surprised when my image search for these terms led me to reading syllabub’s eloquent musings on the fruit cake. It really was noteworthy how wonderful he made fruitcake sound. After all fruitcake is a famously inedible holiday delicacy. There is even one town that has contests each year to see how far contestants can hurl hunks of fruitcake using catapults and such. Jokes and stories about inedible fruit cakes being endlessly passed around as gifts abound. Though I have to confess that I actually love holiday fruit cake, and try to enjoy some every year.
I myself feel little or no vehemence regarding fruitcake. Unlike perhaps the folks who hurl the fruitcakes great distances. Although one wonders if the hurled fruitcakes are then eaten or if they are discarded like trash. Given how expensive most fruits and nuts that go into a fruitcake are, it seems a particularly appalling indulgence if they throw away the cake after they throw it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a cake that was nearly bad enough to warrant throwing. Though perhaps I’ve merely been blessed by access to good bakers. I remember my mother used to make fruit cake when I was little. She used a lot of fruit, a lot of nuts, very little flour and a fair number of eggs. The fruitcakes had to bake on low, like 200 or 250 for five or six hours. They were so good.
I can’t really think of a darned thing to say about aquamarine. It feels like a bit of a cheat that I am again today using the background image to display the color word. That sort of feels like cheating, but I am going to let it go. I note that this post is going out well before the 4pm deadline and is dated exactly one day after the last post. As we enter the last six weeks of the year I am trying once again to buckle down and crank out the daily posts. Knowing that in just six weeks, the post every day marathon will finally be over. And I suspect that I will never again make so rash a public vow. And finally today, my sincerest thanks to my friend Charles Slang who suggested today’s words.