Three posts in and I haven’t introduced myself yet. Well, where are my manners!
Nice to meet you.
(Do you come here often?!)
**This is also in the updated About Apocalypse Bakery section.**
I live in a cosy wee Edinburgh flat, which I share (permanently) with my man and our books, and (sometimes) with friends and family.
I am a postgraduate student in a subject that I love, but a format that I don’t love, and so I am constantly trying to reconcile the topic and the process into something creative, reflexive and nourishing. But when that is not working out, I bake and read. I drink lots of tea.
*Photo by the lovely Lillian and Leonard.
Why the Apocalypse Bakery?
Well, the idea really started because of the dreams that I have. Most nights, I will have some kind of dream about the survival of humanity in the face of an apocalyptic event. However, I discovered something strange whilst reading my way through the Dark Tower series. On days that I entered into King’s crumbling universe, I had pleasant dreams about making cakes. On days that I did a lot of baking, the dreams returned to images of the world unravelling like a ball of wool (to be knitted into a scarf for a psychotic overlord). Clearly, I decided, my mind must be telling me that there is some sort of equilibrium between baking and the apocalypse that I must maintain. Perhaps, even, baking is the way to prevent ‘early-onset-apocalypse’, and so I must bake to save the world from disaster?! Surely monsters and demons and power-hungry corporations can be fought by the power of cake? (I had imagined custard-pie throwing style, but that is a waste of decent cake, so maybe I need to rethink that one.)
I am an experi-mental, mistake-making amateur, so I make no claims to the quality of my abilities. My baking style is casual-perfectionism; I know that precision is sometimes important, but I’d prefer not to get stressed about it.
I hope to provide some straightforward recipes here, and detail some of my mistakes experiments with slightly more complicated things. If you like cake, but don’t bake, then maybe I can persuade you to try something, but equally, you could just invite yourself over. Please do submit suggestions for recipes that you would like someone else to road-test/kitchen-test for you, or anything else you would like to see featured here. I may even be able to suggest what kind of cake to make in order to survive/celebrate apocalyptic events in your life (nuclear explosions, birthdays, psycho-social conditioning, weddings, technological degeneration, baby-showers…depending entirely on your outlook on life).
I enjoy dystopian/apocalyptic/ fantastical fiction, but again, I am by no means an expert on the genre, so my discussions of books here is hopefully to generate response and interest, rather than to provide a guide. I’m also hoping that I will get some illustrators to provide pictures for some of my classic apocalyptic dreams.
A word about ‘apocalypse’.
I am not a prophet of doom, I don’t think the end is nigh. My crazy dreams are not dark and filled with death, they are about the survival and adaptation of humanity as the world moves on. I like dystopian fiction and film because it raises interesting questions about the way we reason and justify in our present culture. Essentially, ‘apocalyptic’ as a category helps me to think more about the horizons and boundaries of our societies and communities, and to constructively question the way I think and live. Hopefully, in order to share in greater goodness and beauty. Cake is an important part of that process, as it is good and beautiful – especially when it is shared with friends.
Well, good people, that is more than enough about me, what about you? Anything that you would like to see featured on Apocalypse Bakery?