(Update: see the finished cake here)
I’d been in the mood to attempt a coconut cake.
I will never not associate coconut cake with one of my favorite moments ever in The Simpsons, from Season 8:I planned to blog about the coconut cake and use this quote as a title.
That said, why not take it a step further?
Why not try to recreate a cake as near as possible to the one in Mrs. Skinner’s (Agnes’) scrapbook?
I mean, why bother compulsively buying cookbooks from antique stores if you can’t use them as a reference when constructing an elaborate late-nineties pop culture reference?
And while you’re at it, why not read up a little on period food availability and kitchen technology so you can replicate the coconut cake Bart can’t have a picture of using the same ingredients and equipment available to the average reader of a ladies’ magazine in 1940s Anytown USA?
(We’re assuming the cake isn’t only a lie put forth by magazine artists for egg-and-sugar-strapped wartime consumers to slobber over.)
As silly as this idea is, it set my dork nerves all a-tingle, and then I thought–
Why stop with coconut cake?
I’d already planned to turn this into a food blog. While I may have other things to say sometimes, food makes for the snappiest posts with the strongest readership. And focusing on one subject would give this blog a much needed sense of direction.
To that end, I’ve weeded out the archives here, keeping most of the old food posts and a few others. I’ve given the former Wednesday Woman a new title, which as a bonus could snag unsuspecting Googlers looking for the Simpsons Wiki.
It’s a good title for a new theme, of “Making food from books or shows or movies I like (or don’t)”.
I’m not the first person to have this idea. I’m pretty sure someone’s doing it for George R. R. Martin. Still, there’s got to be enough love or tolerance for the food/fiction to go around.
Plus I’d love doing it. I’d get to rant or rave a tiny bit, do a little contextual research and analysis, then go nuts in the kitchen. And if the process is inherently interesting, to me at least, the pressure’s off somewhat for making something edible.
If the idea goes over well, I’ll keep it up. Of course the entries will be pretty work intensive and won’t happen every week, or even every two. Some weeks I’ll write about lunch and some I won’t write at all. Sometimes I might still try for something completely different.
But for now, I’ll be looking up illustrated cake recipes from Ladies Home Journal in the early forties.
A final thanks to my many coworkers who eat things for me. Hope some of you like coconut.
Still The Wednesday Woman