Monday, 29 September 2014
Beef Pie, Fruit Cake and Old Maps
Frugal Queen's boiled fruit cake recipe, which I think is originally from Mary Berry. I have to admit in my 41 years I have never made a fruit cake. I always thought it looked a bit faffy and time consuming. But I really enjoyed making this and Dh's face lit up when he saw it.
The rest of my day was taken up with OU. It arrived last week and though I have had a flick through it, with a horrible cold I lost all enthusiasm for anything. So today, feeling much better I got cracking. I was a little put off by the first part which was studying 16th Century maps :o[...but as I started to read it actually became quite interesting. Apparently historians can tell a lot from an old map. The first explorers did not only set out to establish territory and trade routes but map making in itself was highly prized and valued. We feel we know everything now, but can you imagine what it must have been like sailing into the unknown and discovering new, strange places. It must have been exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Anyway, have a lovely evening whatever you are doing. I will be having an early night with Simon Schama.