Molasses Sugar

I mentioned that Sainsbury’s sells Billington’s Molasses Sugar? Isn’t the packaging pretty? This afternoon, I’m going to make a Mary Berry Simnel cake and use some molasses sugar in the mixture for that treacly flavour that enriches fruit cakes so marvellously. Then, while the smells of baking pervade the house, I can sit, stitch and generally relax.

As an aside, I’ve been reading. I read a quick book about critical thinking by Harry Lorayne (of memory training fame). I’m guilty of allowing my critical faculties to get sloppy at times and for somebody who regularly gets told how logical I am, that’s really not good. (I once worked with a bunch of mathematical societies in the UK and a professor emeritus told me he thought I was the most logical person he’d ever met!).

There was a lovely line in the Critical Thinking book worth repeating just for the value and sheer ‘poetry’ of the words: ‘the harbinger of the false premise’. It sounds so Victorian and melodramatic. Or like something from a Pilgrim’s Progress. Very earnest and worthy as might befit someone who ‘suffered happiness’ (a Pea thing).

And, should you enjoy random words and sayings, there’s an interesting book called the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows that is a dictionary of new words and sayings to describe obscure emotions such as a ‘moment of tangency: a glimpse of what might have been’ and


n. weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago.

Hmmm not sure I’d want to embrace that one! Anyway, that cake won’t bake itself so I’m off! Have a great day.

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