As you know, I’m a huge fan of CBC radio. Every day I prepare dinner while listening to Jo-Ann Roberts of All Points West. It’s on weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Once a week or so she has a man named Troy Townsin on, and he pairs wines with various foods.
I thought it might be nice for her listeners to hear Troy pair wines with my delectable fruitcakes, so I mailed two to Jo-Ann with a letter. Imagine how wonderful it was today at 4:55 PM to be slicing onions, and hear her say, “Today Troy’s going to pair some wines with a fruitcake we received from a listener in the Okanagan.”
He chose a variety of wines, which you can check out on the All Points West site by following this link: http://www.cbc.ca/allpointswest/features.html. Scoll down past the chicken and sticky pudding recipes until you see the list of wines. Then under that see the wonderful link to my website! Isn’t that incredible?
Another incredible thing is that I remain in business at all. All fall I’ve been baking Totally Decadent Fruitcakes, as they’re the most popular. However, at the end of last week I idly decided I should probably do a bit of an inventory of Okanagan Harvest Cakes. Mein Gott im Himmel! I discovered I have only 10 cases.
Fortunately, I have Marilyn coming to the rescue, and we’re spending the next two days just churning out fruitcakes until we’re dizzy. In the midst of all this excitement I’ve had the downstairs fridge repaired. The man came today, looked at it, and said, “That’s the biggest ice build-up I’ve ever seen.” I shrugged.
Maybe I ignore ice build-up in fridges and funny noises under the car’s hood, but one thing I’m vigilant about is the Christmas lights. They have to be up by December 1st.
Denis toiled for hours on the weekend, and I must say they look really nice this year. I find with the fruitcake business that December just flies by, so I insist on a full month of outside lighting. I also bought egg nog, which signals the beginning of the season to the family.
Luke discovered Star Buck’s egg nog lattes, and wanted to make them at home, so he said, “Can you buy an obscene amount of egg nog?” I said sure, and then added, “In a few days I’m going to be starting the Christmas baking” to which he replied, “Sweet Jesus.”
It’ll all be fine if I can just spend fourteen hours a day on my feet. So far, I must say I’ve been doing fine, and with the CBC perk just now, I think I might make it.