[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #0B0B61;”]Howdy everyone – I hope you’re all feeling great on this december day. I got a wonderful email the other day from Shelley at Yummly, letting me know that she’d seen my post on Savoury Sausage Buckwheat Crêpes and was featuring it, among some other delicious crêpe recipes, in a post on the Yummly blog (post here). That means I now get to wear a “Certified Yummly” badge on my site, which you can see to the right, just below. Hooray 🙂 It feels so nice to know that people enjoy reading my posts. I guess it’s the dream of everyone who blogs about food to inspire other people and to make people say “wow, that looks fantastic, I totally want to eat that”. When people make things I’ve written about here, or deem them worthy enough to talk about it’s a very gratifying experience 🙂
I’m really getting into the Christmas spirit here, thanks in no small part to some of the awesome things I’ve been whipping up in my kitchen and I just can’t wait to share them with you! However… mwahaha, before I do that, I thought I’d make a quick post to update you all on my Cherry Brandy which has been sitting in my cupboard for the last 5-and-a-bit months. Well, I’d intended to give it to friends and family as Christmas presents so it was about time I started fixing it up. The original recipe has now been updated and completed (as it just stopped half-way through), and there are some photos for your viewing pleasure down below.
I’d made peach brandy at the same time and I was incredibly pleased with how they both turned out – it’s true that you need very few spices. The clove I’d added was noticeable, but delicious, even though I added only a small amount. What’s more, I canned the fruit and can now give that as little extra gifts to people or enjoy it for myself as a wonderful ice-cream topping, or put it into a pie or other festive recipe. It took me quite some time to find the bottles – for a country which loves their wine as much as France it seemed really difficult to bulk-buy little bottles for spirits, or indeed empty bottles of any kind. In the end I found a site which sold 24 of these bottles pictured. The cost was about €22 and each one came with a little cork stopper, so perfect for my needs.
The final yield was about 14 bottles – the bottles had a volume of 20cl I think – so I now have 14 (well, 12… I’ll keep at least 2 for myself 😉 ) wonderful little home-made gifts to dish out to people this year, and best of all… I can say “Ha, this took me 6 months to make!”
Join me on the 10th for the start of my Christmas Recipes – many of them are pretty English inspired this year, thanks to Sissi from WithAGlass.com. She requested English recipes, and I was going to just do maybe a small cake, but then I got a bit carried away (the smell of plump raisins warming in the oven was too enticing), so there’ll be at least 3 English recipes, as well as some awesome Swedish stuff, so you can see how it’s done “Scandinavian style”.
Have a great couple of days, and if you happened to make some brandy too, enjoy it! If you didn’t, make sure you remember to do it next year because it’s awesome! 🙂