Birthday baking falls short of promise

I never know what to give my brother for his birthday but last year I had what seemed like a really good idea – a voucher for a batch of baking every month for the coming year.

September is his birthday month and I started with one of his favourites – Alison Holst’s cathedral window cake.

In October he got Jamaican lime biscuits and in November I delivered a batch of ginger crunch.

December’s delivery was Christmas cakes – yes, cakes plural. Distraction while baking led me to leaving out the sugar in the cathedral window cake. I thought there’d be enough sugar in the fruit to ensure it still tasted okay but gave him another, with sugar, in case it didn’t.

Then we got to January. I was in Wanaka until the 19th. I don’t know where the rest of the month went but it flew by without a batch of baking being delivered. February went even faster and it was March 1 before I dropped off another fruit cake – though I excused that by reasoning that if it had been a leap year or if February was a proper month with at least 30 days I’d have really only been one month late.

And March? Sometimes you can have one of those fortnights this week, March was one of those years that month and baking was low down the list of priorities. Our daughter did some baking and dropped it off to her uncle. But that doesn’t count as part of my gift so I had good intentions of catching up in April.

I made two separate batches of short bread but the baking didn’t coincide with a trip to town and both went over to the office before I had time to deliver them.

I made some ginger buns last week but they too found their way to the office.

Now it’s May, do you think I could get away with emailing him a photo of the next batch of baking instead?

9 Responses to Birthday baking falls short of promise

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Don’t be so mean! Send him the recipe!


  2. Gravedodger says:

    Nah really plunge for the kudos award, the only way out I see is a carton of mixed broken biscuits and A F’s recipe book. Can one still buy those boxes of seconds.


  3. pdm says:

    HP I said on the `money in the washing machine thread’ that you were becoming a devious woman. Now I am convinced.

    Haven’t you got a packet of Girl Guide biscuits you could drop in?


  4. homepaddock says:

    Adolf – the recipes were our mother’s he’ll already have them.

    GD & PDM – the promise was real baking not bought stuff.


  5. Gravedodger says:

    You are being a little harsh HP, Mrs GD does a very decadent sweet sticky slice from a base of crushed wine biscuits, the recipe If I remember came from a past President of Federated Farmers Canterbury and I think that was the basis for my suggestion that you perceived to be cheeky.
    That slice is something else and with Mrs GD’s aversion to baking these days it must be reasonably simple and time efficient for it to attract her interest.


  6. homepaddock says:

    GD – apologies. You might be thinking of citrus or fudge slice which both use crushed biscuits.


  7. Felicity says:

    I’m sure the baking will count if it gets sent down to the brothers daughter in Dunedin in lieu of the intended recipient. Our birthdays are only 1 day apart and you could be excused for getting confused…. mmmmmmmmm baking, should i leave my request here?


  8. homepaddock says:

    Felicity – request noted but I’ll have to deliver on the birthday promise to your father first.


  9. Gravedodger says:

    How can something so innocent get to the point where emotional pressure is being brought to bear.
    No apology needed HP but had a thought over night while watching the T/20 cricket, maybe a security gate between your kitchen and the office could reduce the obvious pressure on your efforts to prioritise.


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