A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Friday, June 01, 2007

A blogging friendship comes to lunch at The Trad Pad

Miss Eagle has never tried to get a decent self portrait.

Imperfect though this shot in the mirror is, Miss E thinks it is the best of the bunch.

Yester, Val came to lunch at The Trad Pad. It was a wonderful time of conversation, handmade books, and food.

The food was simple but appropriate for a chilly, welcome-rainy day. The slow cooker has come out of the bottom cupboard this week as the weather has achieved a certain bite to the breeze and, officially, winter has arrived to-day. It was pressed into service for the first course. On the menu was a thick vegetable broth and, to satisfy the sweet tooth, Polenta Orage Syrup Cake served with cream.

The vegetable (with everything in it) broth came complete with the kluskies from Vicious Ange's Kluski Soup. The cake came from Billington's site.


Ingredients - Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 110g/4oz Caster sugar
  • 110g/4oz butter - melted and cooled
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 225g/8oz polenta
  • 1 dessertspoon baking powder
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Ingredients - Syrup

  • 2 oranges
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 140g/5oz Caster sugar


  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius/325 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Line a 20cm/8inch round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and mousse-like.
  • Beat in the melted and cooled butter and orange juice.
  • Add polenta and baking powder, followed by the orange zest, salt and vanilla, beating well.
  • Pour into prepared tin.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.
  • Test with a skewer. Skewer should come out clean if the cake is done.

While the cake is cooking make the syrup: put all the ingredients into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes.

  • Remove cake from the oven and make holes in it with a skewer.
  • Pour over the hot syrup
  • Leave to cool
  • Turn out onto a serving plate
  • Serve with creme fraiche or whipped cream


Food is best when accompanied by good and lively conversation and the food was well accompanied. Val is marvellous company. As well as a former librarian at the Goethe Institute, her background is in German language and lit. studied in the mythological sixties at that great mythological institution, University of California at Berkeley. Pardon, Miss Eagle. She is a child of the sixties and Berkeley was a place one read about with amazement - at a time when merely sitting in a park in conservative Toowoomba to protest the Vietnam war was enough to bring down on one's head the epithet of "Communist!".

Val, as does Miss Eagle, an abiding interest in track travel - tram or train. Miss Eagle dates her interest since childhood. When she holidayed with Nana O'Carroll there favourite pastime was to get on a train or tram in the centre of Brisbane and ride to the terminus and back again. So perhaps there might be a shared adventure in the future. To give some impetus to adventure planning, no matter if it is suburban, is this wonderful mural of a train taken by Miss Eagle last year in Broken Hill.

And there were Val's handmade books which she brought to show. Beautiful! Inspiring! And Miss Eagle was given a teensy-weensy beautiful one! Thank you, Val.

Then we finished up with a visit to Craft Fair where Val purchased nothing but Miss Eagle found these papers irresistible. A sale on at the moment!

All in all, a beautiful blogging buddy day.

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