My life has been changed forever by this book, I hope…

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A fair bit of toot and 30 books have left the building already, and there will be more sliding out the door over the next 6 months.  For that’s how long the process is going to take methinks, but I am ON IT.  As part of the ritualistic and ruthless decluttering I found an unidentifiable DVD and decided that whatever was on it, I would have it playing in the background while I was making Vincent’s cake.  It turned out to be a real guilty pleasure of mine, Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage.  The scene where they meet cracks me up.  “I ain’t no freakin’ monument to justice! I lost my hand! I lost my bride! Johnny has his hand! Johnny has his bride! 

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So rather than being a little disgruntled about the fact I wasn’t really in the mood to make a cake but knew I had to, I really enjoyed making my cake.   Anyone who has recently read Marie Kondo’s book and is as obsessed with it as I am, might understand my pleasure.  Thank you cake tin!  Thank you spatula!  Thank you oven!  My cake turned out lovely and I did all the clearing up and washing up too, rather than leaving it for ages as I usually would.

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The recipe is here – it was gorgeous last time and I am hoping for the same result (won’t be tasting it until tomorrow).  I made it almost exactly the same way, except this time I managed to find macadamia nuts (in Sainsbury’s) but couldn’t find crushed pineapple.  So instead, I used a 425g can of Sainsbury’s pineapple chunks which I whizzed up in my little mini food chopper with all the juice.  I forgot to sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top of the cake, but last time most of that fell off anyhow.  I do like this suggestion I found online from a cook who also had this problem, she puts the topping in the middle of the loaf rather than on the top, I might try that next time.

I am taking the cake to Sanja and Sasa’s place tomorrow where we will be having a feast of Serbian food – can’t wait!

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