It’s the first week of December, and in my world that means only one thing…
This recipe, inspired by the Hot Tuaca Apple Drink that Diana and I had in Lewes, is one I save specially for this chilly time of year! Tuaca, for those of you who don’t know, is a caramel based brandy which is delicious moreish. I start soaking raisins in it around September… They soak up the scrumptious flavours then pump them around the pie during the cooking stage.
Don’t worry if you don’t have 3 months free to leave fruit soaking, a week should suffice or if you only have a day just slosh a little extra liquor in the pie when you cook it. But the longer you leave them, the more they will boozily swell! Mine were near enough the size of olives when I returned to them!
So. Raisins ready? Apron donned?
It’s pie time.
If you haven’t heard of Lewes Bonfire, then you’re missing out on one of the most strange and memorable nights in the British calendar.
A series of impressive, amusing, albeit highly controversial effigies are marched through the usually twee and quiet small town before being burnt at the stake in designated areas through-out. Your job as spectator is to enjoy and cheer the fire parade before charging off to see one of the many burnings followed by a Fireworks Display to rival that of Disney, Universal Studio’s and London NYE.
It really is an incredible experience, and to my mind the last of its kind in England. I implore anyone to see it at least once in their life, but before you do take note of the following advice:
LEWES BONFIRE TIPS AND TRICKS
So, once again, I’ve proven a lousy blogger, having failed to post anything now for over a month and now hastily rectifying that with two posts in a row. It’s just one of those things! Sometimes work gets in the way and leaves you either no time or no energy to indulge in your hobbies.
Back in June, I proudly began a new job in Local Government which I must admit to enjoying quite a bit! The people are nice, the work is challenging and there are certain perks, such as the occasional work-from-home day. The nice thing about working from home is that I start significantly earlier than I would if I were driving to the office for one hour first… This leaves me no shame in treating myself to an extra tasty lunch!
The last time I worked from home I couldn’t shake that “ooh, I really fancy a PROPER sausage roll” feeling. So, with a little apple, a little sugar, a little spice and a lot of meat, that’s exactly what I went for!