It’s a funny thing about emptying out the larder…..you have to add to it to deplete it. So today we made the trek to E. LeClerc in Narbonne to (minimally) restock the pantry.
We’ve driven these familiar roads many times, but today we saw things in a different light…..the massif of La Clape standing proudly in the distance, chateaux hidden behind barren vineyards, shiny bronze lamp posts lining the streets of Narbonne. It seemed we were seeing this beautiful countryside for the first time. Why does impending loss make you so acutely aware of what will be missed?
Despite our wistful thoughts (or maybe because of them), we continued making good progress on the larder today. Gone…..one bottle of port, a package of chicken from the freezer and a jar of tangy German apple jam (put to delicious use as a cake filling).
The cake recipe called for two pans. Having just one pan, I halved the recipe….. intending to horizontally cut through the final result, fill it with that delicious jam and top it with the remaining half layer. But the cake didn’t rise (“Uh….Craig, who changed the oven from ‘bake’ to ‘grill’?”). Any attempt to cut through this pathetic little layer would have resulted in a plateful of crumbs. Dejectedly, I was getting ready to make another layer…..but, in a flash of utter brillance, I cut the cake vertically instead of horizontally, spread the jam on top of one skinny half, layered the other skinny half on top and…. voila! A perfect (albeit short) half-cake…..
“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece” ~ Ludwig Erhard