I got some new readers which made me realise that I have been clinically blind for quite some time. It's also become apparent is that I'm a lot cleverer when I'm wearing them. I swear I understand really big words (bigger than wheelbarrow) when I've got them on. But the best thing is, they look like Joe 90's glasses. Joe 90 was my hero back in the day. I'd hum the theme tune in my head and spin round pretending I was in the B.I.G. R.A.T. Still do in times of extreme stress.
In case you're not familiar with this nine year old spy, Joe would get in the cage a.k.a. the B.I.G. R.A.T. (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope Record and Transfer, obviously) which transferred brain patterns into Joe's head and, with the aid of his special glasses, he'd be able to be a test pilot, an astronaut, a racing driver, a sheep dog handler, just about anything in fact, enabling him to take on his next secret mission. Joe had a special case too. It looked like any school boys case at first glance - pencils, exercise books etc. But no. It had secret compartments with all Joe's spy kit in it. I wanted that Joe 90 case more than anything when I was 7. I got the jigsaw of it.
Anyway, this is a cake blog, and not a therapy forum for my deprived childhood. So, bought to you with alarming clarity, is this weeks cake for the testers. An apple and walnut cake with a treacle and cream cheese icing. I chose this because I have a tin of treacle in the cupboard and it's doing my head in. It doesn't matter how many times I wipe the tin, it is constantly sticky. So, until the treacle makers put the stuff in a handy squeezy bottle, I want to get it used up so I can chuck the tin out. The other reason for this cake is because NASA used pulverised walnut shells as thermal insulation in the nose cones of its rockets. So technically, I present to you a sticky space cake.
As with just about all Good Food cakes, the recipe appeared to work well and it smelt lovely. It looks good too and I reckon it's the perfect thing to have with a cup of builders tea on a cold day. Doesn't matter what I reckon though - the tasters will be the painfully honest judges as ever.
The recipe is one of loads I've torn out of mags and stashed away and whilst it was great that the text was TEN FOOT HIGH thanks to the new readers, it did occur to me that I need somewhere proper to store these cuttings. I'm getting straight on Ebay to find a Joe 90 briefcase. I knew my time would come.
And if you're having a stressful week, why not join me. Stick your readers on, click "play", crank up the volume and start spinning. You'll thank me.