Ang's cross stitch package arrived today - Two Weeks Early! She has recreated a sampler of the type they were required to to in the first year of secondary school.
By comparing the two, you will see there are only three spaces left!
My mother used to bake an immense fruit cake for my father to take on his sailing trips. It made him a very welcome crew member. The cake was affectionately know as 'the mud weight', which it a type of anchor used in places like the Norfolk Broads. I'll dig out the recipe sometime.
Anyway, my Christmas cake would make a good mini mud weight. I took the biggest knife to it, Paul Hollywood style, prepared for the worst;
It has caught a bit round the edges. I cut a thinnish slice right across the centre, and divided is between ourselves. We tried it, cautiously, and came to the conclusion that if I trimmed the sides it would be fine. We both finished our sample pieces, so that's a good sign. The centre is dark and moist, the edges a little bit dry. I shall trim it, add a little more whisky, and marzipan on half for Christmas. It will be an unusual shape, especially as I plan to serve it as a sort of semicircular hill (like the chunk on the right). The other half can be wrapped and kept for later.