Introduction:In late 2007 and early 2008, Anjani Thomas (Leonard Cohen’s backup singer, collaborator, and romantic partner) and I exchanged many emails, most dealing with serious matters such as her life and career, her relationship with Leonard, music, meditation, cosmos emanations… and others focusing on — well, let’s go with goofy stuff. The following falls into the latter category.
DrHGuy: A blogger who is both a serious cook and a big fan of Leonard Cohen inevitably asked,
If Leonard Cohen were a vegetable, which vegetable would he be?
I’m thinking something on the lines of an eggplant, but you, no doubt, have a more interesting response.
Anjani: Definitely a cabbage. First of all, it looks like a brain. Second, it’s got substantial weight, and when you cut it open it has those labyrinthine channels and layers tightly packed together. His mind is like that, his work is like that. And third, coleslaw is his favorite salad.
DrHGuy: Extrapolating from the veggie quandary, my next question is, of course, “If Anjani were a candy bar, which candy bar would she be?”
Anjani: Can I be a piece of cake instead? Because I’m not much of a candy eater but I am very big on cake. All kinds, as long as it is great. I won’t sully my love for it by eating less than great cake. I’d have a tough time choosing between fresh strawberry shortcake with whipped crème or the classic chocolate layer with an ice cold glass of milk. And another thing: I had to give up refined white sugar recently, (and this is more information than you asked for, I know) so ideally it should be made with half the amount of Rapadura sugar and with organic ingredients. But in a pinch, if someone’s mother has made it, I’ll just say a prayer and indulge.
I happen to have the easiest recipe for a shortbread that is so divine I had to stop baking it because I will eat half a batch before I can even think of sharing it. So if I were a cookie it would be this one. And just so you don’t wonder the rest of your life what it is, here ya go:
2 c. room temperature butter
2 c. sifted powdered sugar (I cut this to 1 1/4 cup)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2c flour
Cream butter and sugar.
Sift other dry ingredients and add to mixture.
Roll into 1” balls and flatten.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 min.
Sift powdered sugar over them if you like.
And don’t blame me if you eat them all.
Credit Due Department: Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric