I commandeered the following recipe from a sweet but kind of bougsie site called theblissfullycontentlife.blogspot.com
I happened on it by semi-accident. I was searching for depression era recipes to snazz up for the kitchen-istas of the current depression/recession. I found this site which is shabby chic, voluntary simplicity style. While the practices are suitable for inclusion in the adviso for RED living, the ideology is sticky (and undercooked.)
Voluntary simplicity is a philosophy which eschews consumerism and sets “simple”, homemade, garden-fresh or organics as the ideal. What’s wrong with this picture? Well, it’s the same as the trustfund baby who goes dumpster diving. Yeah, it’s cool that you can furnish your apartment for free and you saved some ratty couch and Ikea bookshelves from languishing in a landfill… but that’s not a model for the way the rest of us can live (it’s random, slightly dangerous and time consuming) and VOLUNTARY simplicity has little or nothing to do with INVOLUNTARY poverty.
(Note how Trustfund Baby covers the stained couch with a blanket he ordered from a pottery barn catalog. eg The dumpster diving trustfund baby is a common enough occurrence in the Pacific Northwest to be cliche.)
Fetishizing the lives of the poor and calling them wise or privileged is ass-backward. Sharing techniques for mutual survival and interdependence, I’m down with.
Liberated/Stolen/Commandeered recipe below (comments and photos are the original blissful blogger) I recommend you use more red food coloring and please send me photos if you happen to sculpt this modern fruitcake sans cake into an eye-catching design like a hammer and sickle.