Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Good distractions

Serious cake
This citrus cake ends up tasting a little like a scone but with a lighter crumb. It was a success and didn't take much effort to whip up. I made it with tangelo rind and juice and I think you could use absolutely any citrus fruit at all. I can't remember where I got the recipe, I copied it out on paper with no attribution. Thank you, mystery cake recipe source!

Half a stick of butter, 4T, softened and creamed with
3/4 cup sugar
Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time
Add 1 T grated zest (this sounded like a lot to me, I used zest from one tiny tangelo and one medium orange) and 1 T juice from your citrus fruit of choice

Whisk together dry ingredients:
1 cup a.p. flour
1/4 cup corn meal
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

Add the dry ingredients to the batter alternating with:
2/3 cup plain yogurt thinned with some milk (or use buttermilk)

Pour in a greased cake pan, sprinkle some sugar on top, bake at 350° F for about 20 min, until a toothpick comes out clean.

It would also be good with a glaze but I was completely happy with it as is.


Towering letters
A game recommendation from kottke.org who says it's "an addictive little game that's like a cross between Boggle and Candy Crush" Spelltower, Maybe this will be a good change from my favorite evil indulgence Bubble Candy.


Disturbing folk
Parking this here to dip into in the future. The BBC's list of 10 of the most disturbing folk songs. And the counter suggestions of the FBookers who discussed it:

Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puYl6kNMaSM
Here's the first version i ever heard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuCm_58pYas
Planxty - The Well Below The Valley

Much more disturbing I think but some variants related, you're right there! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maid_and_the_Palmer

How could they leave off The Two Sisters?

Yes, The Two Sisters was one of the first that sprang to mind for. Also whatever lineage "Son, Oh Son" (as done by Boiled In Lead) came from. They changed the verses so the brother doesn't get off scot free.
https://youtu.be/UMlaDcsWRy0

Boiled In Lead - Son O Son (live)

One of my favorites of theirs! Here's another excellent variant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3gEGkaq8dA

What Put the Blood?

The last word on "The Cruel Mother": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12jpop7T8J4

The Twa Corbies/The Three Ravens/Willie McGee McGaw

Lyke-Wake Dirge

Down in the Forest

The Water Lily ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJIHXb5jxPc


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, on a totally different topic, Bakerboy and I were listening to wacky Berkeley radio last night and they were playing this indie group called Antifer's Revenge, and I thought you would love them. Check out this website: https://antifersrevenge.bandcamp.com/releases The song that particularly screamed "Neen!" to me was "Unring the Bell" but it's a funky, quirky girl group and I think you'll like them.

-The Danish