Well Nigella may have written the book with that title, but I have been living it today. I have made 8 Date and Walnut Rolls, a One Cup Cake and a half batch of chocolate crackles. And I almost forgot the batch of Gingerbread Muffins I made!
There is a fair tomorrow and my CWA branch is having a stall so I have been busy baking for it. My contribution is at least done ready.
I decided to put the recipes up over at the Inn, and also add in one of fave classics Curried Meatballs which has a real retro vibe to it. And an even more retro I found while looking for the meatballs was a Crockpot Curry! Now that is going back, however I am to purchase a 'crockpot' of my very own yet, you can still buy them all marketed as slow-cookers now of course. And I have had my eye on a particular model for some time.
So I am feeling a little retro as baking as such is usually seen as a bit of a forgotten art. Most magazines if they feature it, make it look like if you've made a muffin from scratch you must be superwoman or they have fancy fiddly bits. But when they unearth classics such as a scone or a basic sponge it's like they've found the ark and resurrected these pieces of ancient history. They were always there! It just became unfashionable to bake, kind of like knitting, however I notice crochet is starting to get a bit more air time now as well.
I shall have to become a neo-50's housewife with my slow cooker, retro recipes and knitting! I've decided the time has come when I shall reclaim the proud mantle of 'housewife', I mean after all bitch has been reclaimed and is worn like a badge of honour by many. Why can't I wear housewife with the same pride???
I think I will start a new branch of feminisim after that, I shall cook, clean, pole dance and knit to my heart's content all why earning my own keep! Bah to all the others, although according to Miss Stash, there are a number of schools of thought on feminisim, maybe I won't need to start my own after all, there's probably one out there fo rme! However, none of them actually agree with what the other one is saying! Hardly surprising.
That infamous line "If women ran the world...." If women really ran the world we'd be no better off, there'd be equally as many factions vying for power. Instead of warfare, we'd be relying on rumour mills and two facedness with the other factions who we are 'friends' with. There'd still be starving children in Africa, religious differences, crime and pollution.
As Debbie Stoller wrote, why is it women doing well at women's work is not applauded? For a woman to go out an do well in carpentry and plumbing, then she's a hero because she has done well in men's work. Why is our work lesser?