February 15, 2009

Not Dead

Thank you thank you thank you for the kind comments---you warmed the icy cockles of my wizened heart-raisin, OH YES YOU DID.

If you are wondering if I am dead, let the title reassure you. It is only that I long to be. Yes. I am STILL endlessly endlessly endlessly boringly wretchedly sick. Here are my days: I work on the book all morning and then I sleep all afternoon and then I eat Progresso ZESTY Southwestern Vegetable Soup ---by ZESTY they mean it is a sinus clearing soup---and then I sleep and cough fitfully through the night and then I get up and I work on the book. Maisy is also still sick. Sam is not AS miserable, but has a cough. He is coughing himself awake at night and then falling asleep in school.

If we were a nation, our gross national product would be Phlegm.
That’s a very VERY gross national product, indeed.

Scott sails along mighty and uninfected, as he generally does. I have married an iron horse. I have married Spartacus. I have married the wall of China, and he is not gas permeable. I kiss him with impunity, ON THE LIPS, because I LOVE HIM. I say I LOVE YOU and I kiss him and secretly pass him umpy zillion germs. I pass him consumption and leprosy and Bolivian death microbes, and his mighty white cells triumph over all I throw at them. I would hate him for this, except it useful to have a well person. Well people make SOUP.

Because you asked (and because I LOVE YOU---wanna leetle kiss????) Here is the recipe for the Lemon-Chambord pound cake. It is love in a Bundt-pan, best beloveds, and unlike my germ-dripping toxic mucus-laden horror-love, it does not come with a side of Black Lung.

WARNINGS! If you cook it for an HOUR it will burn up--- 40 minutes should do it. I also suggest NO fat free buttermilk. LOW fat is fine, 2% or even 1% (I used 2%) but not fat free. This is POUND cake, so get real, Cooking Light Magazine. If we wanted OUNCE cake, maybe then that fat free crap would be okay. Maybe. When it comes to POUND cake, fat is what makes it all VELVETTY and thick and not crumbly and dry.

I bought fresh blackberries and fresh raspberries and FILLED the hole in the center with them and stuck them to the glaze that dribbled off the cake onto the plate. It was GORGEOUS and so super-delicious. Also, adding fresh fruit makes it NUTRITIOUS. *nodnodnod*

Posted by joshilyn at February 15, 2009 7:03 PM

Let us all eat cake! Feel better soon, dear!

Posted by: elizabeth at February 15, 2009 7:56 PM

Cannot wait to try the cake. . .and I am sick too--the teeny amount of oxygen actually making it into my lungs is not enough to fill my blood with the goodness that full oxygenation brings. . .and I have a job interview in the morning at 7:30. . .AND I noticed that you called Scott an IRON HORSE, so I don't feel nearly so bad about calling a you a (gorgeous) chestnut mare.

Posted by: Roxanne at February 15, 2009 8:03 PM

Poor tulip. Feel better soon.

And thanks for the recipe!!!

Posted by: Jill W. at February 15, 2009 9:11 PM

Even sick you are hilarious and write the heck out of a blog. Awesome!

Posted by: Wendy at February 15, 2009 10:00 PM

I am so happy you are not dead

Posted by: jean at February 15, 2009 11:27 PM

I, too, am very happy that you are not dead, but sad to hear that you, Sam and Maisy are still sick. Germ-fighting air is being wafted your way even as I type.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, but I daren't even click the link. Why, oh why, does pound cake have to be so darn good????

Posted by: Deborah P at February 16, 2009 9:12 AM

I think reading your blog is rubbing off on me. I just sent my sister an email about my dissertation with a subject line of "In which I jump on the crazy wagon and head west 75 mental illness points."

I too am glad you are not dead. I will have to try this cake in the new bundt pan I got for Christmas, which looks like a cathedral (well, a round cathedral with a hole in the middle). I love it because my dissertation is on gothic architecture. Anyway, I might take it to my medieval studies class for fun. Do you think framboise could be used instead of chambord? I don't have any chambord, but framboise is also a raspberry liqueur.

Posted by: Haley at February 16, 2009 10:58 AM

Oh, from our plague-ridden household to yours, get well soon!

Posted by: Fran at February 16, 2009 12:45 PM

So sorry to hear that the lurgy afflicting practically everyone on this side of the pond has made it all the way over to you and yours.
Hope it moves away from your household soon and Scott escapes, well, Scot-free (sorry, didn't mean to pun there. I have mental phlegm).

The cake looks yummy delicious, thanks for posting the recipe!

And how, HOW, can you be so ill and so funny all at once? Truly astounding.

Posted by: Rompompom at February 16, 2009 2:05 PM

It is very kind of Cooking Light to make for us a practically-guilt-free pound cake!

I, too, have a new pan to try it in - probably not as apt (I can draw no career parallels), but mine is silicone, so I get extra easy points, I think! Or I would if I actually got around to it, which is yet to be seen. But something to dream about. And, at least, I have Girl Scout Cookies to keep my company 'til I take the time.

So sorry that you are not well, and that your offspring are also under the weather! I wish all of you good health SOON.

Posted by: Diane (TT) at February 16, 2009 4:47 PM

I also LOVE the zesty Southwestern soup! I was all set to make the lemon pound cake, then remembered that I gave my Bundt pan away with other kitchen stuff to the Katrina hurricare relief! Could you divide it between 2 loaf pans??

Get well soon!

Posted by: Priscilla at February 16, 2009 9:22 PM

Oh do get well soon! And feel-betters for the children, too.

And thanks much for the cake recipe. Unlike the rest of the gang here, I do not have a new pan to try it out in. Mine is old, well-used, well-trained hand-me-down from grandma's kitchen. Practically bakes without me. :)

Posted by: Patti at February 16, 2009 11:04 PM

Feel better!

Posted by: Nik at February 17, 2009 1:55 AM

also pleased you are not dead. because you have books to write, to keep me entertained. and it's all about me.

feel better soon.

Posted by: babelbabe at February 18, 2009 9:21 AM

Miss J, I am SUPER GRUMPY and sad today and your posts (which I was behind on, due to evil work-computer virus, which - see aforementioned SUPER GRUMPY) have cheered me up so very much.

I am so sorry you are sick. But I am pathetically grateful that your funny is healthy. THANK YOU JOSHILYN.

Posted by: Kate Setzer Kamphausen at February 23, 2009 1:04 PM