These range from figuring out if I can manage without a car -- not very practical in an area where none of the local, rare, buses goes where I need to go -- or using the cost of owning and insuring a vehicle to pay for someone to tote me about to meetings, not sure if that's practical either! Or if there are any other good ideas, short of being forced to buy a new car. No mad rush on this. Just musing.
So it seemed like a very good idea, in the course of these musings on the turning of the earth and my car, to make this festive cake, which is a five star version of this (from the Sunset Basic cookbook, owned by Handsome Partner in his single days, and with various dear notes in his writing in and on it)
you see the parchment paper, important if you are ever to get it out of the pan, and you see the fat raisins and the banana, which I don't mash into oblivion, keep a few pieces for the texture.
This is to the standard banana bread as my old beater to a new Honda, well, the other way around, but you get my gist.
What I do is to soak golden raisins in white rum ahead of time (friend gave me a fifth of this, very good stuff, from when he was in Puerto Rico, and I don't drink spirits, so I had the onerous task of figuring out ways to use it, beyond a swipe into hot milk at night).
Then I just drain the raisins (the rum goes into my jar of homemade vanilla essence) and add them in to the flour part of the bread. Mix all together, and you get a really nice sort of fruitcake, the kind that people would like if they got this instead of those dried out old building bricks commonly sold as such. And you inject a drop of rum here and there, over the first couple of days, just to keep your spirits up, sorry, couldn't resist.
All in all, a good Winter Solstice Cake, I think you'll agree. Happy Solstice!