Monday, August 16, 2010

Sponge Cake

My friend came to visit and she said, I’ll make a sponge cake, and she did. Her children played with Charlie, a game with the giant plastic candy cane from last Christmas. They were sliding it down the bannister. Also, they all painted pictures, and we pegged the paintings to the security door at the back of the house to dry in the wind.

They left behind a quarter of the sponge cake, and all of the children’s paintings, and one of these paintings — a rainbow of colours by my friend’s three-year-old - was so good, the colours blending so beautifully, subtle yet bright, gently symmetrical — that I wondered if I should save it, and use it as a thankyou card the next time a distant relative sent Charlie a present.

On the phone, later that day, I told my mother about the sponge cake — how perfect it was, how glad I was that there was still some left to eat - and my mother was filled with excitement. ‘In my whole life,’ she said, ‘I’ve only ever known two people who could make sponge cake! And one of them is dead!’

Later still, I looked at the little boy's rainbow painting, and a memory came to me — how I once said to a friend, ‘Should I get coloured contact lenses? I’d like to have green eyes,’ and my friend said, ‘If you did that,’ he said, ‘if you got coloured contact lenses - that would be the greatest lie you ever told.’

I threw the rainbow painting away and I got Charlie to do his own splashed, blotched, leaking swirl of clashing colours, to send as a thankyou card to his Great Great Auntie Ivy for the remote control monster truck.


Blogger :) said...

why didn't i read ur blog before? lol. but no, this is super good. i love this. :)

check mine?:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this on Sunday and it came out *perfect*, further proving Delia Smith is a cooking goddess.


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Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Why have I not SEEN these comments before? Who knows how long they have been here? Well, I am speaking into an emptiness, I'm sure, because these comments have probably been here for years, but thank you for being kind about this blog, listenthenspeak person, and Anna! Thanks for that recipe! I'll try it and see what my mum thinks. Jx

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