Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Equinox

We spent the day thinking about Autumn; gratitude for the harvest; and the balance between light and darkness that hangs on this day.  We read seasonal stories and made apple candles for our harvest meal.

We enjoyed local food that reminded us of our festival - a bowl of steaming chunky root vegetable broth with  sourdough bread, followed by earthy baked potatoes and yellow Scottish cheddar, washed down with apple juice.

 James and I created a special Equinox cake - half dark and half light.  It was most impressive.  I had the idea for this cake several equinoxes ago, but never seemed to find the time.  We made time today though - a simple sponge cake recipe - remove half to another bowl - add orange zest to one and sieved cocoa powder to the other. Make up a buttercream icing and in the same way, add melted chocolate to one half, and the juice of the orange to the other. This will have to be a new tradition - twice a year too!

And then, with full, thankful bellies, we retired to the front room, to enjoy our first indoor fire since the vernal equinox.  James was enthralled by the flickering flames and the crackling and hissing of the logs, and excitedly whispered to us to 'listen - listen!'  How lovely and cosy it was to sit together and weave pictures from the firelight, as the rain rattled off the windows.
Wishing you Autumnal Blessings and an abundant harvest.


Edited to add.
I have been asked by a lovely reader for my sponge cake recipe.  So here it is

6 oz soft butter
6 oz sugar.
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
8 oz self raising flour (or 8 oz plain flour and 3 level teaspoons baking powder)

Cream both together until very light and fluffy

Add eggs one at a time and beat well, scraping bottom of bowl each time.
Add vanilla essence
Fold in  sieved flour (and bp if using) and mix gently until just combined.
Pour into well greased 7 inch sandwich tins and level with a spatula

Bake for 20 -25 mins at 350 deg (180c or Gas mark 4)

Leave to sit in tin for 5 mins or so, then remove and cool on rack.

17 comments:

  1. Certainly a gorgeous way to celebrate such a lovely new season! Warmest wishes of autumn to you! Your banner is magic!

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  2. Very, very Lovely! Looks like a pretty wonderful day.

    Gosh that bread looks good (I try to watch my carbs and LOVE bread). And of course, so does the CAKE!!!!!

    Many autumnal blessing to you and yours too Jacqui!

    meggs xxoo

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  3. What a lovely way to celebrate. Mmm, might just have to borrow that idea for the cake though ;)

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  4. What a lovely celebration of the changing seasons. And the cake looks yummy.
    Blessings to you all.
    xx

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  5. What a beautiful day.

    (Glad that boat is back in the header!)

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  6. Beautiful post xxx

    Autumn blessings to you.

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  7. Autumn blessings to a lovely mama and her family xx

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  8. What a lovely day you had - what gorgeous candles, and that fire looks so wonderful xx

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  9. *sigh* what a beautiful way to celebrate the Equinox...it's by far one of my fave times of year -- so much to be thankful for...

    I LOVE the pic of your sweet, sweet boy in your header and those apple candles look marvelous!! Will have to have a go at them...

    :)

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  10. Happy Autumn. Such a lovely celebration you had for a beautiful season. Be Well.

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  11. Awh, what a lovely festival you have created. Simple, yet very well thought through. I love your night and day cake. What a nice idea. Enjoy the Autumn!

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  12. Sounds like you had such a beautiful day and your special cake is a wonderful idea.

    Enjoy the warmth of you fire as you enter the Autumn day and nights. xx

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  13. oh wow, this is just gorgeous! pretty life you have!

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  14. i LOVE your cake idea!! what an appropriate representation of the celebration at hand. happy autumn!!

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  15. I cant stop thinking about your candles, they are lovely, did you make the candles yourself?

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  16. Could you kindly add your "simple sponge cake" recipe to your recipe page? That looks like a good cake that could be decorated for many a celebration. Thank you

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  17. Hi Merlin - I have added the cake recipe to the bottom of this post now. Thanks for asking. xxx

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