In his recipe for raspberry shortcake in the latest Good Food magazine, chef Jeremy Lee suggests that in order to fix down your shortcakes so they don’t slide around the plate, you should ‘apply a comma of cream’ to the middle of each plate. That way you have individual servings of little towers of shortcake plus cream plus raspberry layers, which aren’t going to collapse as soon as you try to serve them.
Is that not a splendid idea? and do you not agree that it is a hugely appealing wee metaphor? (Worlds removed from the annoyance of all that ‘X is a verb‘ stuff, I can’t help adding, which is typically just an embarrassing mistake.) Sadly there’s no chocolate in this dessert recipe, but I may yet attempt it nevertheless.