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There had been fruit cake in my fridge since Xmas.

It was sitting in a plastic container, cake bought back from my mother's, because I'm not a huge fan, but I must've figured at the time that it'd be okay over the Xmas period. At any rate, I promptly forgot about it, and it sat at the back of the fridge, for months until, last night, I decided it had to go. It was bin night. So I took it out, popped the lid, expected some kind of smell, a lot of fuzz, a lot of green, a lot of... well, things that weren't there.

Instead it looked like the fruit cake eleven months ago. A little dry, I guess, but in no way suggestive of an inedible quality.

Maybe it wouldn't be that bad, I thought?

In other news, the cover of Polyphony Seven has been making the rounds, and it's shiny:



The book will now be released in February of 2008, and it contains my story, 'There is Something so Quiet and Empty Inside of You That it Must be Precious'. You can, however, pre-order it at the Wheatland Press site.

Y'know, I think this was the only short story I wrote this year.

(crossposted)

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drasecretcampus
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
As long as it is properly sealed (and especially if soaked in alcohol) it tends to preserve pretty well. A Christmas cake is ideally made in advance and allowed to mature. (I gather one tier of a wedding cake is kept as a Christening cake, which suggests it should last for, well your mileage will vary but presumably an average of at least nine months)
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
you know, that never occured to me, but of course you're right.
drasecretcampus
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
That being said, the first one I made melted the aluminium foil wrapping - so perhaps a lead-lined Tupperware box... I tend to make mine about three months ahead of Christmas and soak it every couple of week in more booze (or pour the booze from the bottom of the grease proof paper wrapping back in. Turn it upside down?)

But no mould I'd say equals safe (but then I scrape mould off home made jam). On the other hand my digestive system is frequently unhappy, but I ain't dead yet.
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
nah, i have to be careful with what i eat these days, i'm finding. kind've sucks, but i'm sure it's good for me on a number of levels.
catsparx
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Fruitcake lasts forever. I always keep one in my fridge in preparation for the apocalypse.
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
i think i regret throwing it now
catsparx
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
no matter. Its nearly Xmas. You'll end up with another one.
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
quite true. also, i probably won't eat it after that xmas day, too.
catsparx
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
But you'll know what to grab from your fridge when the bombs start falling...
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
my first thought will now be: the fruitcake!
girliejones
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I think that's one of the selling points of fruit cake- lasts for years
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
i wasted good food!
girliejones
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
s'all we're saying. Bit a custard, would have been lovely!
lyndarama
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Anything that lasts that long...scares me. I also fear Vegemite for the same reason.
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
how could you not like vegemite?!
deborahlive
Nov. 10th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, as long as you keep the jar sealed tight, it's lovely stuff.
detritus2099
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Doesn't matter if you leave it open - the amount of salt in vegemite kills any bacteria or fungus. It's like honey that way.

Plus, B12! So its really good to slap on mouth ulcers.

Just damn painful
bradav
Nov. 10th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
Eat it. With Ice Cream and Custard! :D
benpeek
Nov. 10th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
i don't have either of those things...
brendanconnell.wordpress.com
Nov. 10th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Dude, the fruitcake is only 11 months old. Why in the world wouldn't you eat it? Fruitcake is like wine, gets better with age.
benpeek
Nov. 10th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
apparently i'm too much of a girl and when food is eleven months old, i toss it.
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