Certain things are just necessary - like when you need to 'feed' certain puddings for 2 months before they're fit to grace your table! So, on Sunday I set to work on the annual Ch****** pudding. About 10lbs of fruit, 1/2 pint of brandy (and maybe a cheeky bit of sherry I found in the cupboard!), 2 huge mixing bowls and a lot of cramming and voila! A 4 pint pudding!
Then, 10 hours of steaming, which meant a day of brandy/mixed spice smells wafting through the house (mmmmmmmmm....):