The RRs suffer many afflictions, but rarely boredom. Books are always close to hand. Mrs RR, for instance, reads all the way to the south of France in the car when we go on holiday. I can read and write on all forms of public transport. But it was daytime, the road from Hereford to Worcester is a delight and we were highly perched on bus seats, taking in the view. And talking.
“What is the most photogenic cake you make?” I asked. Fifty-plus years of marriage have taught Mrs RR to treat my unexpected questions as potential snares. Having decided this could be taken at face value she averred it might well be Victoria sponge.
One reason for this post is that participle “averred”. I have never written it before.
Photogenic cakes had been on my mind for a while. Dimly I recall one cake where multi-coloured lumps of crystallised fruit are cast into the mix. The slices look like sections of mosaic. The name escapes me, as it does Lucy. At least she failed to respond when I asked.
An eternal verity flitted through my mind. Externally, many cakes resemble each other. To get the best of a cake, photographically, you have to remove a slice. This had never previously occurred to me and I felt a tiny thrill of discovery. Empirical proof is provided above.
Back home it seemed inevitable that Mrs RR should bake a cake. I watched. One anti-photogenic element is the glacé cherry given its tendency to sink. I Googled for solutions, printed out the answers and showed them to Mrs RR. She said they were rubbish. The Victoria sponge emerged. I like it but not as much as seed cake which, due to the tininess of the caraway seeds, is non-photogenic. Can’t have everything.