St. Patrick's Day

Another Fine Homemade Parachute Page, Crafted With Love


My turn at the office for Treat Day fell on St. Paddy's Day, and I'd seen this recipe for a Doughnut Upside Down Cake, and really, when else are you going to get to use that, except for the office, where an extravagant disaster is almost expected? All it needed was a green batter, and little drawing of JJ on the top....

When it was done, I wrote to the recipe's author that "I used full-size donuts, which I must say wasn't ideal, because they rose up in the batter, being less dense, while it was baking, so it turned out a little messier than hoped for"; she kindly (and astutely) wrote back:

"Although the doughnuts rising up in the batter -- as if trying to escape from the oppressive forces holding them down -- does seem rather apropos for a James Joyce cake, does it not?"

Since then, I always think of Joyce as writing "I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my cake." And maybe he did, and Pound changed it on him....