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Any excuse to eat fruitcake


Him, not me. I can’t stand the stuff — though I had a bite of this one and it wasn’t bad (it didn’t have that horrible boozy taste; Uncle B was terribly disappointed). The powdered sugar snowflake is a nice touch.

Sorry to be so damned boring. I’m chasing Father Christmas this week with my skirts flung over my head.

That mental image? You’re welcome!


Comment from Gnus
Time: December 15, 2008, 9:38 pm

Perhaps the mouse will help eat the fruitcake?

I doubt he has much of a chance otherwise, what with a weasel AND a badger after ‘im.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 15, 2008, 9:58 pm

Import a bloody weasel and a bloody cat and I still have to put down mouse traps!

Big bastard, though. Ate his way not just through some bread, but he also ripped his way through half a dozen packets of crackers (I have a hoarding problem, OK?).

Oh, and on the subject of Christmas cake, I was fully expecting the Linda Blair response but her Ladyship didn’t so much as flinch.

Slow, slowly, catchee weasel..

Comment from armybrat
Time: December 15, 2008, 10:23 pm

You live in a house from the 1600’s. I’m surprised that you only have one mouse! Peanut butter in the traps. They can’t resist. The cat….only good for laying on the lap and reducing the blood pressure. Don’t buy that line that they actually like to hunt for their food. Mine only hunts for the stray nugget of food that escapes her bowl.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2008, 10:32 pm

Peanut butter! The crack cocaine of rodents.

Charlotte’s a good mouser, actually, but she’s too freaked to come down as far as the kitchen. At least when we’re awake; god knows what she gets up to after we retire for the evening.

We’re not absolutely positive about the dates (I’ve got to go to the county seat for the parish records to be sure), but I b’lieve we live in a house from the *1500s*. um, w00t?

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: December 15, 2008, 10:35 pm

Mom tried a new fruitcake recipe this weekend from one of those Food Network cooks. It didn’t work at all and she wound up throwing the whole thing out.

Comment from Princess Bernie
Time: December 15, 2008, 10:47 pm

Found a really good sort of fruitcake recipe that I made at Thanksgiving time – called a Compromise Cake. In the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. Sort of the heavy texture of a fruitcake with dates, raisins and pecans and not the candied stuff.

Pretty darn good.

Would have been better if I’d poured a little bourbon on it…

Comment from surly ermine
Time: December 15, 2008, 11:45 pm

Ahh, yes, our old home seems swiss in origin. Mice are such regulars I half expect them to respond to us with a surprised “Who the hell are you and why are you standing in our kitchen? Oh, if you don’t mind how ’bout serving up more peanut butter on those funny spring loaded plates of yours.”

Caught one of the bastards the other day on an empty trap…bonus!

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: December 15, 2008, 11:58 pm

Father Christmas, eh?

I don’t have the Christmas spirit. I have the Secular Christmas spirit. Which is to say, crankiness and general misanthropy.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: December 16, 2008, 12:39 am

I’m chasing Father Christmas this week with my skirts flung over my head.

I’d wager that’s a surefire way to catch him.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: December 16, 2008, 1:49 am

Not in the mood for Roman MRE’s, eh Stoatie? Maybe you could start a Fruitcake tossing festival like we have in the States…..

Or, just do as the Romans did and soak in in brandy….. 🙂

Comment from porknbean
Time: December 16, 2008, 4:28 am

Princess B, you can not proclaim something tasty and not leave a recipe. No booze or candied crap sounds like my kind of fruit cake.

Comment from Princess Bernie
Time: December 16, 2008, 9:05 am

I’ll post it over at Gulf Coast Pundit in the food category…

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: December 16, 2008, 10:53 am

“Would have been better if I’d poured a little bourbon on it…”

Yeah, the moonshine doesn’t work so well on fruitcake!

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: December 16, 2008, 11:16 am

Speaking of Uncle B, apparently that’s the album name of some ‘Hip-Hop’ group called ‘N-Dubz’ (whose angle seems to be a propensity for ridiculous hats) which I’ve seen advertised on the tee-vee quite a lot recently. Small world eh?

That cake looks okay. I only really like Fruitcake/Christmas Cake that Mum makes though. And yeah, she uses a good lot of booze in them. Maybe that’s why.

Comment from Princess Bernie
Time: December 16, 2008, 12:13 pm

My parents drive to the monastery at Gethsemane here in Kentucky to get their fruitcake. It’s very good.

Problem they had last year, they drove over there on a weekday and the store was closed. Holy Day of Obligaton. My parents knew that they are Catholic to the max. But it didn’t occur to them that the monks might be praying that day instead of selling fruitcake and cheese.

I believe you can buy it on the innernuts if you want to.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 16, 2008, 1:13 pm

I danced around her Ladyship today chanting ‘Weasel can’t count, Weasel can’t count’…

If the rumours are true, Badger House is from the 1500s. It was still a tree back in the 1400s.

Hey – it keeps me off the streets 🙂

Comment from Sarah D.
Time: December 16, 2008, 2:03 pm

Oh my, I sense some serious mouse discrimination going on here. George is not happy.

Comment from Jill
Time: December 16, 2008, 3:12 pm

“I will love him and squeeze him and call him George.”

He’s wonderful, Sarah D.!

Comment from Lokki
Time: December 16, 2008, 3:46 pm

oUr MouSE is a very very fine MOUse….

Comment from nbpundit
Time: December 16, 2008, 4:25 pm

Very nice milk glass tea pot, Stoaty…is it Wedgewood, or
just some cheapo crap? Heh

I would suggest using the cake as doorstops, but the little
no seeum bastards merry old Angland is notoriously known
for would suck the blood right out of you every time you
passed by the door stops..

Comment from Jill
Time: December 16, 2008, 4:54 pm

Singing weasel alert:


Comment from Lokki
Time: December 16, 2008, 7:24 pm

Very nice milk glass tea pot –

Did you remember to properly heat the pot before making the tea?

I’ve read that this is very important in making a proper cuppa…. not so much here in Dallas for making iced-tea…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 16, 2008, 7:40 pm

Local cafe. It’s just plain, ordinary whiteware — but I like plain, ordinary whiteware.

Comment from Gnus
Time: December 16, 2008, 8:29 pm

So far, it appears that badgers and weasels are in the clear, but I haven’t read a lot… Beavers, now, that’s another story.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: December 16, 2008, 8:30 pm

A bit off topic but has the “Hogfather” film became a holiday favorite with the Brits? My wife and I watched it last night and really enjoyed it but nobody else here in rural Ohio seems to know about it.

Hey, I thought all British households had a brown betty? That’s what the catalog said were I got mine. Damn those crafty advertising guys.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: December 16, 2008, 10:59 pm

I like good fruitcake. I’ve rarely encountered any.

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