I have a sister who’s a very successful lawyer and and she’s very attractive and brilliantly witty and extremely smart. Can you tell she also reads my blog? Yes, we’re getting together for lunch very soon so I’m making all the right noises. Oh, you might remember her as being the one who laid a trap for the bicycle thief.
She has three primary school children and works long hours and on the weekends is super-mum where she not only runs her children to all their activities (and the list of their weekend bookings is lengthy so I’ll skip the details), but she also gets involved. She’s the Age-Manager at Nippers so is out on those boards and running up and down the beach and rescuing children drifting off to New Zealand etc. She also likes to volunteer at the school so sometimes assists with reading groups, attends excursions and helps on the canteen. In her ‘spare’ time she involves herself in community events like running in the City to Surf.
And so she’s busy.
And so she gets a bit tired.
And so I’ve just had a distress call…
From the successful lawyer who is four years my junior. Last night she was coming home from work in a taxi and as soon as she sat down in the cab she knew she’d struck a ‘have-a-chat’ driver. She had barely exchanged two sentences with him when he asked, ‘So what do you do, law or something?’
And she was super-impressed at how astute he was.
But then he said, ‘So do you find the young ones snapping at your heels?’
And it hadn’t occurred to her until that point that she was old and washed-up.
I tried to make her feel better and said, ‘Don’t worry, only someone insensitive would be so insulting.’
And she said, ‘No, it’s obvious. I need a facelift. I thought I was fighting the aging battle but clearly the battle’s been won and I’m the loser. How old do I look?’
‘You look really young. I’m sure it was the taxi. There’s always harsh lighting inside a taxi’.
‘How much are facelifts?’ And I wanted to say, ‘If I come with you perhaps we could get a two-for-one discount’, but instead I felt it necessary to be encouraging and so I lied and said, ‘It’s so much better to age gracefully. In your profession you’ll look so much more genuine’.
Speaking of old, I remembered I had some aging dried fruits in the fridge leftover from my Christmas baking that really needed using. I found this recipe next to the Choc-Walnut Slice recipe I posted yesterday:
Brandied Fruit Slice:
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: Hardly anything – this is a recipe to use when you need to use-up your leftovers.
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 125g butter
- 30g butter
- 2 tbspns brown sugar
- 1 tbspns golden syrup
- 1/4 cup SR flour
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 90g glace cherries, halved
- 90g dried apricots, diced
- 90g sultanas
- 90g slivered almonds
Pre-heat oven to 180C (375F).
Grease a lamington tin – 16cm x 26cm.
Combine sifted flour and brown sugar in bowl, rub in butter. Press firmly into lamington tin. Spoon topping over base, bake for 30 minutes. Cool in tin, cut when cold.
Topping: Beat together butter, brown sugar, golden syrup, sifted flour and brandy. Add dried fruits and nuts.
This recipe has been adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly Best Recipes from the Weekly Cookbook.
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