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Fudge two ways

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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squares of plain fudge and rum & raisin fudge | H is for Home

The first & last time I made fudge I was about 12 years old. The only way I could get it to set was to stick it in the freezer for a few hours. It wasn’t exactly inedible, but it was bad enough to put me off attempting it again until now.

Just like our taste in ice cream, Justin & I differ in our taste in fudge. He likes it plain, I like mine stuffed full of fruit, nuts, chocolate and alcohol! To please us both, I made a normal portion of basic mix, divided it into two and made one half into rum & raisin fudge.

I used the basic recipe I found on the Carnation website. I’m already thinking of folding some of this fudge into some of my home-made vanilla ice cream – what do you think?

Fudge two ways

Yield: 24 squares

Fudge two ways

Ingredients

  • 115g/4oz raisins
  • 2 tbs dark rum
  • 397g/14oz can condensed milk
  • 150ml/5¼ fl oz milk
  • 450g/16oz Demerara sugar
  • 115g/4oz butter
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Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins in the dark rum for at least an hour
  2. Line the base & sides of two 18cm/7inch square cake tins with baking/parchment paper
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients into a large non-stick, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until all the sugar dissolves
  4. Bring to a boil and gently simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously and scraping the base of the pan
  5. Using a food thermometer, make sure the mixture reaches 118°C/240ºF
  6. Remove from the heat and beat with the wooden spoon until it thickens & begins to set ( this should take about 10 minutes )
  7. Put half of the mixture into one of the lined tins, using the back of a metal tablespoon to get it into the corners and levelled out
  8. Add the rum and raisins to the other half of the mixture and put back over a medium heat for another 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken up again
  9. Put the mixture into the other lined tin, again using the back of a metal tablespoon
  10. Allow to cool completely before turning out on to a chopping board and cutting into squares
  11. You can store the fudge for up to a week in (separate) airtight containers
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Gimme Five: Dog beds

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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selection of 5 large dog beds

Fudge needs a new dog bed. His current wicker one is falling apart. It’s probably because it gets carried up and down the stairs numerous times per day. Fudge doesn’t know the feeling of bare floorboards against his bare backside – and he’d like to keep it that way!

  1. Danish Design Heritage houndstooth snuggle bed 89cm (35″): £45.19, PetShopBowl
  2. Divan Wellness dog sofa – brown: £89.90, Zooplus
  3. Earthbound luxury tweed & waterproof bed: 94.99, Muddy Paws
  4. Beaumont large pet bed by Plush Pet Beds: £159, Notonthehighstreet
  5. FleeceLock™ wraparound dog bed: £125, Orvis

Christmas Countdown: Fudge’s choice

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Selection of dog-related, canine Christmas items

Fudge insists one being given the opportunity to voice (bark?) his opinion on canine Christmas matters, so we’ve allowed him to guest edit this penultimate Christmas Countdown post.

He’s scoured the internet and wishes to share his findings with his doggie buddies. We are pleased to bring you his carefully curated collection…

  1. Party dog Christmas decoration by Horsfall & Wright: £12, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Pair of 2 Rudolf sausage dog decorations by Miss Shelly Designs: £17, Notonthehighstreet
  3. William Wegman’s Fay’s Twelve Days of Christmas DVD: £62.51, Amazon
  4. Tillsammans x-mas poster: £20, Scandinavian Design Center
  5. Lily’s Kitchen turkey with cranberry Christmas dog treats: £2.99, Monster Pet Supplies
  6. Santa & Rudolph reindeer bandana: £3.20, PetsPyjamas
  7. Joy to the World ‘Give a Dog A Bone’ ornament: £19.41, Saks Fifth Avenue
  8. Good Boy dog luxury Christmas stocking: £6.99, Seapets
  9. Good Boy Christmas dog Santa coat: £5.99-£9.69, Monster Pet Supplies

Wednesday Wish: Get well soon, Fudge!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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close up photo of Fudge the Weimaraner

We have a very special Wednesday Wish this week.

Fudge lying on his bed with a bandaged left fore paw

Fudge, the centre of our universe, was run over by a car on Saturday morning. Our local vet was closed, so we had to rush to their Halifax branch to get him seen. The prognosis wasn’t good – amputation, euthanasia or an emergency orthopaedic operation. There was only one option that we were willing to choose – squeamish readers may want to look away now!

xrays of Fudge's left front paw showing a broken radius & ulna and pins & plates implanted during surgery

The operation was too specialised for the vets at West Mount so they had to refer us elsewhere. A fantastic vet, Nick Blackburn, of Calder Vets in Dewsbury did an incredible job inserting metal pins & plates into the broken bones in his front left leg. Nick has been great at keeping us informed of everything that was happening and (tried to anyway!) put us at ease.

xrays of Fudge's left front paw showing a broken radius & ulna and pins & plates implanted during surgery

Fudge was allowed home on Tuesday night – groggy, disoriented and completely off his food – it’s going to be a long, slow recovery. We wish him to be all better soon!
 

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Wednesday Wish: Jack Spade rope dog lead

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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Jack Spade dog lead in orange
Jack Spade rope dog lead in orange, $48.00

We’ve just been trying to work out exactly how old Fudge is. We got him as a rescue dog from the Weimaraner Society in November 2006 when he was already 11 months old. That means he’ll be 7 come Christmastime!

He’s had the same old lead since we got him – it still does the job, but this snazzy orange number would be just the thing for a smart Weimaraner-round-town!
 

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