Friday, December 19, 2014


Making anything resembling a traditional British Christmas cake for Sicilians is a daunting and somewhat risky task, as they have a strange aversion to dried fruit. However, last night I made Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake for the London Town, Modica - Centro Linguistico Internazionale Christmas party this evening, and to my surprise and delight everyone ate it and seemed to enjoy it! [I used dried cranberries in place of the unobtainable currants and raisins and I think it's a good innovation.]

There were other elements to the spread, for which I would like to thank Bar Cicara:

I got a chignon for the occasion - well, a girl has to try at Christmas!

And we all sang along to this:

What with that and my explanation, both in class and in my new booklet, of the absolute necessity of wearing silly paper hats at Christmas dinner, I think I have successfully convinced the Sicilians that the British are mad!


Betty said...

I think a British Christmas cake must be what we call a fruit cake. Sounds like it went over real well. Merry Christmas!

Lee said...

Your hair looked lovely, Pat..very stylish. :)

And your cake looked very I'm sure it was. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, it's a fruit cake, Betty. The one I make it is a bit lighter than the traditional one. Thanks, Lee. I'm glad too - it was a relief!

Laruchka said...

I'm really surprised! I thought the sicilians were realy into raisins after I had them in a pasta dish at a sicilian restaurant. Next you'll be telling me they don't even eat canditi.

Liz Hinds said...

I'm trying a Jane Asher recipe for last minute cake today! I hope it turns out looking as good as yours.

In case I don't get by again, have a wonderful Christmas, Pat & Simi!

Gledwood said...

O ello! I just came by to wish you and Simi a very Golden and Furry Merry Barkingmas and a Fantasticational 2015... ps you're looking maaaaaarvellous by the way XxXxXxX ;-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Laruchka. Yes, it's strange, isn't it? Hi, Liz. Hope it turns out well, Merry Xmas from us to all of you. Hello, Gleds. You have made my night! Merry Xmas!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Pat, how did I miss this post. Your hair looks wonderful .. I might have to have this done one day, .

I have an aversion to Dried fruit too..I don't like Christmas cake, mince pies or pudding and I never have understood why we are made to wear the hats out of crackers, not even as a child. So yes the British are mad!! Take care. Anne

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne and thank you. x


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