Wednesday 16 November 2011

Please Put a Penny in the Old Man's Hat

Because I'm skint. Have you any idea how expensive making a christmas cake is over here? I could feed it with unicorn tears for the next six weeks then ice it with crushed dilithium crystals, and both would be amongst the cheaper and more easily obtainable ingredients.

And of course, shortly after writing that little screed, I see this, which both puts things in perspective and makes me feel like a right arsehole. Go. Donate. Do the right thing.


  1. The Red Cross has so much money that was donated for relief that they don't know what to do with it. (actually they invest it between disasters).

    That cake in the pic looks like it will last for a few don't even need to wrap it or anything ;)

  2. So just imagine how long it'll last once I've soaked it in enough brandy to pickle a sailor's corpse...

  3. Someone who understands fruitcake! Er... no metaphors involved. I once spent a fortune, and a weekend beating butter by hand (again, no metaphors) to make a dozen cakes as gifts. Two people appreciated them. Never done it again. Damned N.Americans think they eat one supermarket shite fruitcake and know if they like it. Or maybe it was because there was only manna: brandy, milk fats and cane sugar - no high-fructose abominations - so they could not process the improvement.

    1. I bought about a pound of mixed peel when I went home last summer. A lot went into that cake, but the rest will do for hot cross buns in a couple of months.

      I have no interest in the spiritual side of most traditional festivals, but I do like the food...