I have some pretty cool roommates. And some of those cool roommates are in a cool modern dance company, which you can check out here.
They have an upcoming show which centers around the concept of liminality–defined, according to Google, as
- of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
- occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
So…what does this have to do with food? Well, their dance company, like most artistic ventures, desperately needs some $$$! They hosted a fund-raising party at our house, and I helped provide some food.
As I tried to decide what to cook, I starting thinking: what does it mean for a food to be liminal? Should I just serve something half-finished? That sounds artsy but not tasty. Maybe there was a food that would bring people memories of a liminal time in their lives? But that could be something different for everyone.
I settled on a pretty literal interpretation: pudding cake. Have you had this before? Pudding cake is a dessert that starts with a batter which, upon being baked, forms a cakey top over puddingy bottom, and in the center is the most glorious mix of the two. So transitional! So liminal! So tasty!
I settled on a meyer lemon pudding cake after scouring Epicurious, and then decided it ought to have some toppings to add visual and textural festivity. I added whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, mint, lemon zest, and cookie crumbles.
The dish ended up being the end of a scavenger hunt–and what a delicious end it was! I would definitely recommend it for a party. It’s easy to make a lot of, it can be made ahead of time, it can be decorated however you would like, and it’s more unusual that a plate of cookies or a layer cake. Here’s the recipe!
There was one little bit left after the party–I ate it for breakfast, with extra whipped cream. 🙂