When the going gets tough, I drizzle.
It’s steamy in Tropica right now. Meriland empties out like Paris in August. It’s too hot for even the Tropicans who have deserted Meriland and moved lock, stock and servants to the beach. I adore Meriland in the summer. A quiet city to myself, lost in the heat. I swim in the morning and drift through the lazy days.
The world news in the past few weeks has left me sacudida. That’s a Spanish expression which means, “shaken like a rag doll.” That’s about right. Exhausted, trembly, heartbroken, shaken inside and out. So much evil, sorrow, hatred, sadness. In addition, I have a friend who is suffering greatly with his health.
Words fail everyone. No amount of words or logic can make any sense. Oh sure, I write letters, I read accounts, I talk to friends, I stick close to CNN. The only thing I can do is reaffirm life, to draw my family and friends close.
So I bake. Let’s be silent over a cup of tea and be together. Let me take you into my home and comfort you.
You all know of my love for the iconic British baker, Mary Berry. Lemon Drizzle “traybake” is one of her classic, easiest recipes that surprises everyone when they bite into it for the first time. The crunchy, crystalline sugar topping, the sweet acid of the lemon, the soft crumb of the cake. It’s an indescribable experience. People always smile when they try their first piece of lemon drizzle.
Mary calls it a “tray bake” which is a British expression for baking a cake in a rectangular pan, much the shape of a lasagna pan, which you then cut into pieces. It’s a cake that sells by the piece easily at bake sales. It’s a no fuss, comfort cake. Easy to make and easier to eat.
So welcome to Lemon Drizzle, my friends. May it bring you, your family and friends, peace, love and simple happiness.
P.S. Let me know how it turns out!