Monday, December 28, 2015

An “edible tipple” for Hogmanay

I have to confess that this is being written well before you are reading it.  Tomorrow the entire extended family descends for Christmas; when they leave, I just have time to change the beds before the next lot of house-guests arrives for New Year (or Hogmanay, as we call it in Scotland.)

As you may imagine, my mind has been running on food, the way a hamster runs on its wheel.   I was really taken with Vicki’s Christmas gift of the recipe for Molasses Spiced Cookies and I thought you might like a New Year gift of a recipe to make your New Year party go with a swing.

 This appeared in The Killer Cookbook, a collection of recipes donated by crime writers like Peter James, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid to raise funds for a state-of-the-art morgue in Dundee, Scotland.  Here is my contribution.

Lethal Bloody Mary Tomatoes

250 g baby plum tomatoes
200 ml vodka
A few drops Tabasco
1Tbsp sherry
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper.

Score a cross in the bottom of each tomato.  Put in a plastic box, cross uppermost.  Whisk other ingredients and pour over.  Put on lid and leave in fridge for 48 hours.

Drain and bring back to room temperature before serving.

Health Warning:  Just make sure no one's planning to drive!

I wish you all a happy New Year and may 2016 bring you health, happiness and lots of success.

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