Matrimonial Cake

Created: Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:59
Last Updated: Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:20
Published: Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:59
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While housesitting in a swank Victoria neighbourhood, a commitment that includes caring for an 87 year old wise Sri Lankan woman, I decided to make matrimonial cake. 
 
The first question that came to mind was why is it called that? As I carefully and patiently went through the process of removing every pit from nearly 100 dates, I told the lady I would look it up and get back to her.
 
When she retired for the evening and I had completed the meticulous task and washed my hands, I Googled how was matrimonial cake named? Here is the scoop:
 
Making matrimonial cake requires a lot of patience and care – so does marriage.
 
The cake includes smooth elements and rough ones – smooth date spread and rough oats and cinnamon crisp. Marriage includes smooth and rough times.
 
The cake has a solid foundation. Marriage depends on a solid foundation Marriages only work if they have a solid foundation.
 
Drop the matrimonial cake and it falls apart; drop the matrimonial vows and the marriage falls apart.
 
This special cake is the story of matrimony.