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Focus on Fruitcake Fortnight

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..or how ever long it takes. Yes if we can all drag ourselves away from the urgent business of re-designing logos for the London 2012 Olympic games, then there is important work to be done in the field of fruitcake too. Indeed fruitcake is going to play a vital role in our own fitness efforts as we take on a small part of Suffolk by bicycle.

As you may have seen in Wifey's bit we are off cycle camping to Suffolk and with such a challenging expedition a great deal of pre-planning and preparation is required. Specifically how are we going to make the tea and what are we having with it? Well the tea makings have been brought out of mothballs and refitted and are all set to go. In scenes redolent of the re-commissioning of the green goddesses, I've managed to get my 25 year meths powered camping stove back to its former glory using a drill, some pliers, some emery cloth a vice and new lid. We will bring you a special report on our mobile tea makings upon our return.

As for the fruitcake, we have allocated the bottom quarter of one cycle pannier to carrying it, such is its strategic importance. The cake above is a Guinness cake which I made last week, however we will be taking with us our own recipe fruitcake which has been painstakingly developed over the last year or so by Wifey and myself and subjected to extensive field trials. For details on how you could make your own NCOTAASD fruitcake see this detailed intelligence briefing (..alright, recipe), which outlines plans for a boiled fruitcake that takes much less than 45 minutes to prepare, and has in no way been 'sexed-up', apart from some gratuious images of cherries.

Spring Tea Tours

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Spring has sprung backwards this year, warm hot sunny days followed by lots of much needed rain. Before the rain set in NCOTAASD under took a quick strike mission on Suffolk using the mobile NCOTAASD HQ and its associated tea making facilities.
We managed lay our hands on this rather useful cream tea in Antiques haven Long Melford, haunt of Lovejoy and Bargin Hunters. Despite not wanting to visit, view or in any way associate with Antiques, they did prove very useful for keeping the younger members of staff in order. The mearest hint of trouble in the ranks would be met with threats of having to case Antique shops for in advance of any future visits by Nanny Nicey. In fact we mearly popped in to the Co-op to get some Garibaldis and pack of Fig Rolls.

Cause I only have Pies for you

Stacks of pies
We asked which Christmas tea time treat we should review and you said Mince Pies. We really did want to do Lebkuchen this year but never mind.

Are all mince pies created equal? Certainly not, some even come in a My Little Pony purple box, as you can see in this pack shot. Don't Sainsbury's know Christmas is red with a bit of green?

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