With a classic flavour combination, this Pear and Almond Tart not only looks inviting but also tastes amazing. This frangipane tart, which was glazed with a little apricot jam to produce a wonderful sheen to the bake, was made to mark #BakeACakeForBowelCancerAwarenessMonth.
Cancer. It's a word which conjures fear and dread in the vast majority of us. Being a disease which can affect any part of our body, it's something which most of us will be familiar with, either having experienced it ourselves or through having a family member or friend who's been affected by it.
Now, I don't often talk about melancholic subjects here on Only Crumbs Remain, after all it is a baking blog. But when I learnt that April is Be a Star, Bake a Cake for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month I knew instantly that I wanted to embrace it here on the blog.
It's the fourth most common cancer in the UK (and the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK) with over 41,000 people being diagnosed with it each year. That's 1 in 14 men, and 1 in 19 women. (Information from Bowel Cancer UK).
One of those people was my dad.
17 years ago, back in spring of 2000, we received the news nobody wants to hear. Dad needed major surgery and 6 months of chemo. It was a difficult time for all of us, but especially for dad, clearly. But due to the fantastic skill of the surgeons, oncologists, strength of body (he was only in his early 50's at the time) and mind and a lot of TLC, he came through it.
Happily he's still with us to tell the tale.