A short letter this month with so much going on with Christmas on the way and also with us having had a holiday this month. We went to Madeira, which was warm but quite rainy. Our apartment had a wonderful garden with plants that we remember from living in Papua New Guinea. An avocado tree provided us with several salads. If you ever go to Madeira, check out the Madeira mandolian orchestra – formed in 1913 – there were lots of youngsters in the group and perhaps about 30 in all. It was a brilliant experience!
Christmas is on the way and I always make my own Christmas cakes and mincemeat. My mincemeat recipe is very easy and I have used is for years and years:
I half chop and half coarsely mince the following ingredients: 8 oz (230gm) currants, 8 oz sultanas, 8 oz raisins, 8 oz grated cooking apple, 8 oz vegetable suet, 4 oz peel (optional), grated rind and juice of lemon, 8 oz dark brown sugar, 2 oz almonds slivers – crushed. Leave for one week in the bowl with perhaps a tea towel covering it, stiring each day, then pot it up.
So you remember I was going to tell you when our Guildhall was built? Well it was in the 1480s!Here is a picture I took of it last year! Its a lovely venue for events such as weddings!
Finally, I shall be experimenting with hot toddys and ponchas next month. I really enjoyed poncha in Maderia but I have a recipe for a home grown hot toddy. So in next month’s letter, I shall be experimenting with them both and will see if I can work out which is best!