Recreated from The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
'We'd buy bread, if you have some,' he said simply. 'Milk, if you have that. Or just water.'
'Sweet water or salt?' she said in response, and laughed a harsh laugh. 'You're in luck, for I have milk, and bread, and curd cakes hot from the oven. If you've money for it.'
Food in Anna Smith Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is an emblem of the book’s wider preoccupations; where there’s food, there’s death, disgust, desire, decadence and a modest dose of pleasure.
If that's not an invitation to eat cake, I don't know what is.
If I can be loose with sugar varieties, all the ingredients can be found in the book itself.
Ingredients (makes 6 tartlets but can be scaled easily to multiples of 3)
For the cakes:
Serve with natural yoghurt to heighten the sourness; serve with vanilla ice cream to heighten the sweetness.
Recreated from Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell
Not knowing what else to do, I picked up one of the butter biscuits. I was going to put it in his paw, but he'd already stuck it back under the water, and instead opened up his fuzzy little mouth. I deposited the biscuit there and was soon treated to the sound of a squirrel cat nibbling on a butter biscuit while moaning rapturously. 'Oh yeah,' he mumbled, the words sounding garbled on account of all the chewing noises. 'This is how I want to spend my life from now on.'
Confession: this is shortbread. I can only hope said squirrel cat would eat them anyway (they are very buttery), and not my eyeballs in retribution. Unlike my butter biscuits inspired by Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch, these will withstand a thoroughly good dunking. I'd suggest tea, not bathwater.
These taste significantly better (more buttery) after an evening's rest, so make a day ahead. They'll last for up to a month in an airtight container.
Ingredients (makes 12)
Equipment: mixing bowl, wooden spoon for beating, rolling pin, biscuit cutter (appr. 6cm diameter), baking tray, fork