Friday, 28 March 2014

Virginia Woolf

On 28 March 1941, Virginia Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned herself. Here is he...r last note to her husband she wrote:

'Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer.

I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been.


Woolf's body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of Monk's House, their home in Rodmell, Sussex.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Vegan chocolate mousse

This was part of a challenge last month in the cooking group I belong to on Facebook - make a vegan pudding. I've been wanting to have a go at this for a long time, and finally got round to it today. It's my variation on a standard recipe that I've seen on several sites around the net - I made mine according to what I had in the larder.  I'm delighted to report that it does indeed taste very, very good, and I would make it again I think. I used American measures as that's what was in the original recipe, but easy to find a converter online if you don't possess a cup measure.

2 small very ripe avocados
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup almond milk
1 good tbsp. golden syrup
dash of vanilla extract

Half and scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash well with a fork; add other ingredients and beat well for a couple of minutes. Spoon into ramekins and chill.

I made my own almond milk by putting some ground almonds into a bowl and covering them with boiling water. let them stand a few minutes, then drain through a strainer. Very successful, easy and quicker than using whole almonds.