Marjorie Bligh, Housewife Superstar is a bit of a hero of mine. The eccentric domestic goddess who wrote books covering such topics as cookery, household management, health, gardening and recycling is to me, a true Tasmanian legend.
Author of many top tips , my favourite tip of hers ever, (apart from always be kind), changed my baking life. I mean really. Having a house with ambient temperature of around 13 degrees means that butter at my room temperature is not that great for baking cakes. Enter Marjorie's tip - preheat the sugar. Bakers rejoice! While you're preheating your oven, weigh the sugar and place it in the oven, then assemble the rest of your ingredients together. Throw the hard butter into the mixer with the warm sugar and voila! Perfectly creamed butter and sugar. Thank you Marjorie!
One of my favourite Marjorie stories is about one of her book launches that she organised to take place in her front garden. Marjorie invited dozens of people for afternoon tea in her front garden. She baked for days, organised the mayor to speak and decorated her garden so everything was perfect. Apart from one small detail - the book hadn't arrived from the printers. It wasn't ready in time. A book launch with no book. Unperturbed, Marjorie simply printed copies of the cover of her book to pass around and the launch went ahead without the book. Bold I say. And true Marjorie style. You can read more of her stories in this great biography.
Missing books aside, I always thought what a lovely way to launch a book, afternoon tea in your front garden. So I'm going to do that thanks to the generosity of another foodie superstar Jane Grover, author of Naked Food.
Next Saturday afternoon, at Jane's place in Sydney's northern beaches, in the spirit of Marjorie Bligh, we'll be eating treats from my book, chatting about all things delicious whilst admiring Jane's garden. I'm hoping we will have copies of the book, we are THAT organised!
Come along, it's from 2pm - 4pm Saturday 16 May. Just let us know if you'd like to attend via email firstname.lastname@example.org and venue details will be sent to you and we'll know how many cakes to bake.
I hope you can come, I'd really love to see you!