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Yes, more politics… I promise I’ll stop, sometime… but this time there’s hardly a tone of seriousness about this blog post! After watching the election coverage the other night, I have been inspired by some of the frivolous independent parties, and before I continue with my plans, I’d like to give some kudos to some of my favourites.

Obviously when you mention frivolous parties, the first to come to mind is The Monster Raving Loony Party who have always been brilliant, with manifesto pledges such as “introduce a 99p coin to save on change”.

One of my favourites during this election, was Mad Cap’n Tom, whose strongest policy was a pledge to “Fix broken Britain”… “A free roll o’ duct tape, sent t’all homes”.

And an extra special mention goes to Derek Jackson from The Landless Peasant Party, who I’m not quite sure if they’re frivolous or not, or at least if that was the intention… but he held his fist in a defiant gesture throughout the announcement of the result, and Gordon Brown’s five minute speech.

Eventually, he put his hand down

Eventually, he put his hand down

But now… the time has come, the time has come for me to reveal the name of my political party which will run in the local election next year in my area. Brace yourselves, I think you’re going to like it…

THE DINNER PARTY

THE DINNER PARTY

Yes, what else could I call my political party? I had considered The Birthday Party and The Surprise Party, but when I thought of “The Dinner Party” I knew I had found the name, and nothing could change my mind. Although, slightly more important than the name of the party, is my manifesto. Please bare in mind, that as a new party, I am still working on the manifesto, but here are the key pledges.

  1. McDonald’s to be abolished. The Dinner Party’s stance on McDonald’s can be summed up in three words, “Absolutely terrible filth”, and feel it our duty to have the curse upon the UK abolished, and can only hope that all over governments worldwide see that this is an important step towards a brighter future.
  2. 40% taxation on all microwave convenience foods. Once again, The Dinner Party’s stance on microwave meals is very similar towards our stance on McDonald’s, in the fact there is no need, and no excuse for microwave meals. People may say they don’t have time to cook, yet there are many recipes that can be made in the same amount of time it takes to heat up a Weight Watchers Chicken Korma with Pilau Rice.
  3. Come Dine With Me to revisit the city of Preston. Many fans of hit reality TV series, “Come Dine With Me”, agree that the Preston episode was one of the best, with characters such as Dawn Barry, who was constantly drunk, sick and at her own dinner party, fell asleep and left her guests to finish the cooking.
  4. Egg cartons to come with cooking instructions. Sadly it seems that even though the good saint, Delia Smith tried her best to educate people on the basics of cookery, people still don’t know how to boil an egg, we call for instructions printed on the inside of the lid of cartons of eggs, explaining all different cooking methods, including both stages of hard boiled (gooey and solid).

The Dinner Party has a recipe to make Britain great, again!!

If you would like to stand in your local election as a candidate for The Dinner Party, please leave a comment below, and remember, that it is entirely free to stand in local elections, there are no financial obligations, however any leaflets printed, will have to be paid for by the candidate, as I cannot subsidise you, when I have to buy some vanilla pods tomorrow.

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Yeah, so that’s the last time I consult Urban Dictionary for possible funny uses for the word “fudge”… so yeah, from my opening gambit, you may have fathomed that this post is about fudge. If that is what one fathomed, then one fathomed correctly. Here, have a piece of fudge. I’ve got loads of it.

I’ve spent all weekend (well, Friday and Saturday) making fudge. Two types. One recipe isn’t mine, one recipe is mine. Firstly I shall discuss the recipe that isn’t mine. This is a complete copy/pasta job, and I shall take no credit for it. Except when my friends eat it, and they all go “wowww, this is sooo gooooooooooood”… then I shall take all the credit I possibly can for it!

Sophie Dahl’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients :

  • 125g/4½oz butter
  • 500g/1lb 2oz dark brown sugar
  • 120ml/4fl oz milk
  • 250g/9oz crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds only
  • 300g/10½oz icing sugar

Method :

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar and milk, and bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes, without stirring.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla seeds.
  4. Place the icing sugar in a large bowl, and pour the hot butter and sugar mixture on top. Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until smooth.
  5. Pour into a 20cm/8in square baking tray, and set aside to cool slightly, then place in the fridge to chill completely.
  6. Cut the fudge into squares with a sharp knife, turn out of the tin and store in an airtight container.

Recipe taken from : http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/peanutbutterfudge_93630.shtml

So yeah, it is really nice, although as with all fudge, quite sickly. Just to finish off this bit, here is a picture of my peanut butter fudge I made…

Sophie Dahl's Peanut Butter Fudge

Sophie Dahl's Peanut Butter Fudge

As I said, not my recipe, but I thought that I should share it with you lovely, lovely people, and suggest that you give it a try, it’s a nice simple fudge recipe that doesn’t require a sugar thermometer. Which is good for me, as I still don’t own one, but I think with this new found skill of fudge making, I’m going to have to purchase one for myself.

But no!! Today’s blog doesn’t end here. How could I leave you, just reading my ramblings on, and not provide you with an original recipe? That would be morally bankrupt of me. I would go to sleep, feeling dirty, that I fobbed you off with a half hearted copy/pasta. No. I would never do that. Never ever. I’m good to my readers.

I don’t know about everyone, but I’m sure a lot of people from my parents generation (in their late 40’s/early 50’s) have one of those collections of recipes. Well, I have one. It has some old family recipes, and in it, I found a recipe for Chocolate Fudge.

I like chocolate, and fudge is a great medium for chocolate, but I thought to myself… well chocolate fudge is good, but it’s not terribly exciting. So, I took a list of basic ingredients with me into town, and began to buy them, looking out for something I could do to make it more exciting. A few of my ideas were (and bear in mind that I will do some of these when I get the ingredients)

  • Mocha Fudge (coffee and chocolate)
  • White Chocolate and Strawberry Popping Candy Fudge
  • After Dinner Mint Fudge (dark chocolate and peppermint extract)

Those were my three ideas, and yes, the Mocha and After Dinner Mint fudges were possible, but as walking through the shops I had some more grand ideas of how I could make the After Dinner Mint fudge, and decided that as nice as Mocha fudge would be, I’m not a big fan of coffee, and definitely have to be in the mood for it. And as for popping candy, it seems near impossible to find. Anywhere. Not even Hawkin’s Bazaar sold it, and they sell loads of sweets from when we were kids!!

So I did what any other 22 year old with a sweet tooth would do. I got the ingredients to make Double Chocolate Fudge! Hoorah!! Oh, and I’d advise using an electric whisk to do this. It takes a while to make even with one of those!

Double Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients :

  • 120g unsalted butter
  • 397g tin condensed milk
  • 120g dark chocolate
  • 800g icing sugar
  • bag of white chocolate chips

Method :

  1. In a large bowl, soften the butter, and then slowly beat in the condensed milk.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate, either in a bain marie, or in the microwave.
  3. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly, and then gradually beat into the butter and condensed milk.
  4. Add 200g of the icing sugar, and mix it in.
  5. Add as many white chocolate chips as you want. I went for the entire bag. Incorporate into the mixture.
  6. Gradually, add the rest of the icing sugar until it forms a dough like consistency.
  7. Pour into a suitable tin lined with a greaseproof paper, and allow to set in the fridge overnight.
  8. Dice into bite sized pieces, sit in front of the tv and scoff them.
Double Chocolate Fudge

Double Chocolate Fudge

So now it’s got me thinking, what other types of fudge can I make? The one flavour which is buzzing around in my head at the moment is a two layered fudge of Rhubarb and Custard Fudge. Which would consist of a bottom layer of bright cerise fudge flavoured with rhubarb, and a bright yellow top layer, made with none other than Birds custard. I’ve just found a website (literally, just now) which does flavours, including rhubarb flavours, and they allow up to 5 samples. I don’t know if I will get approved for some samples, but be assured that if I do get samples sent for rhubarb flavourings, there will be a blog post very shortly after I get it in the post!!

I think that’s about it for this post, and MY!! What a post. Two recipes. Loads of wittering on about fudge. Blimey.

I guess one final thing to ask, what flavours of fudge would you like to try? Answers in the comments box. You see, I’m thinking about looking into selling fudge (obviously this would require me to take a Food Safety course/exam, and for my kitchen to go under inspection to make sure that it’s safe and clean enough to use for making food to sell) but it may just be worth it!

Seriously, does anyone want a piece of fudge? I’ve got a metric shitload of it!!

Kris

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