The Folkie

Anyone in the know refers to the Port Fairy Folk Festival as the “Folkie”. We had treated each other to tickets for Christmas and we were all looking forward to this family adventure a few weekends ago. But honestly I was anxious. Anxious about all 7of us pushing through crowds, lining up, losing kids and just general festival chaos. Well……what a lovely surprise. I cannot speak highly enough of how it was organised. Everything was clean, family friendly, spacious and easy to get to. Think clean toilets, spacious market stalls, friendly people sitting watching music and kids activities, if you wanted. We loved it.

My personal favourites were AHAB – a great 5 boy band from East London, Krystel Warren – a husky voiced talented African American woman, Ben Sollee – who makes magic work on his cello, Eagle and the Worm – my man’s cousin’s band, a 7 piece young persons ensemble and an old fave, My Friend the Chocolate Cake.

My boys were also inspired by Frigg, Jeff Lang, Adam Cohen, Tripod and the Melbourne Gospel Choir singing Dylan’s songs of faith. We would definitely go again….we would just pray for sunshine!

Krystel Warren

Eagle and the Worm

Chilling out to Ahab

Breakfast @ Rebecca’s

My friend the chocolate cake

This cake reminds me of my childhood. Mum used to make it regularly and we had pieces packed in our school lunches. It is called a Black Devil Chocolate Cake and it is dark and moist. So I have never really enjoyed other people’s chocolate cakes if they are light and lacking in depth because this one is my childhood benchmark. And it is so easy. It has recently become a friend again…. just like My Friend the Chocolate Cake.

Black Devil Chocolate Cake 
1 1/2 cups SR Flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup cocoa
125g butter
3/4 cup water
2 eggs
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add softened butter, vanilla and half of the water. Beat for 2 minutes. Add remaining water and eggs and beat well. Bake at 190 (moderately hot) for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing with a thick chocolate butter icing.