of the Poetry Session Feb 10, 2016
Date and walnut cake recipe
by Shenaz Ahmed
100g butter (salted)
1cup / 100g chopped dates
1tsp baking soda
1cup / 100g maida
1tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt (in case of unsalted butter)
Take the water and bring it to boil. As the water begins to boil, add the dates and the baking soda. Take it off the heat and let it cool.
Preheat the oven to 150°C/ 300°F.
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time.
Sieve the maida and set aside. If you are using unsalted butter, then add a pinch of salt to the maida before sieving it.
Now add 1/3rd of the dry mix into the batter and then ½ of the water and dates mixture. Alternate the dry and wet mix ending with the dry.
Fold in the nuts.
Pour mix into an 8"x8" greased pan and bake for 40 min.
This cake rises well. So divide the batter if needed.
The Kidron is a river flowing from Jerusalem eastwards into the Dead Sea. In this symbolism it separates the city where Jesus taught and had his triumphal entrance only a week before, from the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed to the Father, hours before his crucifixion. Crossing the river is analogous to taking the irrevocable step toward death in the pilgrimage of life.
We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead,
but you still punch the clock.
Your body has wizened but has not bled
its substance out on the killing floor
or flatlined in intensive care
or vanished after school
or stepped off the ledge in despair.
Of all those you started with,
only you are still around;
only you have not been listed with
the defeated and the drowned.
So how could you ever win our respect?--
you, who had the sense to duck,
you, with your strength almost intact
and all your good luck.
(The poem Joe recited to Seshadri's parents in their home, from The Long Meadow)