Chole, Cake, and the Male Gaze

This week we started tidying up the first track for the EP, and it’s the first proper song we did together. We re-did one of Craig’s guitar parts, lengthened the 2nd verse, and I did some vocals. Get it here:

The Gaze

The lyrics were pretty much the first thing that came out of my mouth and will definitely get revised. It’s about the male gaze though, which is why they’re kind of creepy.

Food-wise, we had some Chole using this recipe, with some couscous (accidentally made with gravy instead of stock, which is why it looks so solid). It was pretty nice, all told. The chole had a nice heat to it, so I must have used just the right amount of cayenne.

After we had some cake – a Chocolate Clementine Cake of my own invention. I’ll stick the recipe below the More… link.

Chocolate Clementine Cake

  • 225g margarine
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • Finely grated rind of 1 clementine
  • 75g orange chocolate (I used Green & Blacks’ Mayan Gold), chopped into small chunks
  • 25g? cocoa
  • 50g? margarine
  • 100g? icing sugar
  • Finely grated rind of 1/2 a clementine
  • 175g icing sugar
  • Juice of 3? clementines
  • Some more orange chocolate for grating
  1. Put the margarine, caster sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, grated rind of 1 clementine and chocolate chunks into a bowl, mix until well blended.
  2. Put half the mix into a greased 9″ cake tin.
  3. Mix the cocoa into the remaining mixture, put in another greased 9″ tin.
  4. Put both tins in the oven at 180C, bake for 25mins or until well risen and a skewer comes out clean.
  5. After both cakes have cooled, make the butter icing for the middle. Cream the 50g(? – I think – judge the amounts yourself) of margarine, then add the 100g(?) of icing sugar and grated clementine rind, mix together.
  6. Spread the butter icing on top of the vanilla cake, taking care to leave space at the edges for the icing to spread, then put the chocolate cake on top.
  7. Make the water icing by mixing the 175g icing sugar with however much clementine juice you need to get the right consistency (fairly thick, not too runny). Spread across the top of the chocolate cake.
  8. Finish by grating some of the remaining chocolate over the top of the cake.

Finally, I made a new game, here’s a screenshot:
It’s called The Future Will Only Be Dystopian If Capitalism Remains Undefeated, and you can get it here. It’s pretty clunky and confusing, but I’m at least happy with the visuals.

[edit] Anwyn Crawford’s blogging again!

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