Absent but not Forgotten were very pleased to be invited to create a work for the opening event at the Afon microfestival in Abercych on September Friday 13th.
Continuing our ritual of making and sharing food to celebrate the date we baked a couple of batches of the 13 ingredient black pepper cookie cakes that we had made for our thirteenfridays picnic by the river Teifi in June 2018. These were offered to Afon visitors along with a postcard celebrating our outing to the river and listing the 13 ingredients. (recipe below)
13Ingredient Black pepper cookie cakes
(makes about 40-50 small cookie cakes)
Cream butter, spices and sugar together until smooth, beat in the egg & essences then seive in the dry ingredients and mix into a stiff dough. (I add the cocoa first and get that mixed in before adding the flour so that you can ensure you get all the chocolate in case it gets too dry to take all the flour. You can add a little water, milk, coffee, brandy to help get the flour mixed in).
The dough should be stiff and relatively dry so you can roll into 1″ diameter balls and flatten into greased bun tins or baking sheet. I like to use mini muffin tin, this makes nice bitesize cookie cakes, they are quite rich.
Bake at 190 for 12 min.
The cookie cakes were very well received by visitors who also got to watch the short video from the river presented alongside the dark chocolatey offerings.
To kick off a series of events for ABNF V (celebrating our fifth year of Absent but not Forgotten) we held a one night only retrospective exhibition in The Abacus, Cardiff. An amazing space to show in, we were able to include a number of works from the last 5 years.
As well as the installations and artworks we offered evil home-brewed refreshments and toasted the event with our special reserve ‘666’ blackberry wine (brewed from 666 blackberries). Live Halloween sounds were created by Jacob Whittaker and his vinyl loops of horror and a new performance from invited artist Ian Watson, a truly terrifying blend of electronic noise, mask and sportswear!
Our interactive corner invited some homespun ghostly shenanigans – thanks to all our Sheet n’ Tweeters!