Global Scouse Day - a stew worth celebrating
|The Spirit of Liverpool, above the city's Walker Art Gallery|
28th February is designated "Global Scouse Day" in celebration of Liverpool and it's most traditional dish. Born 15 miles from the city, I grew up nipping into the city for important shopping, major dentistry, significant religious celebrations, theatre and occasional treats. It became "my" city when I used to skip school in sixth form and jump on the train into town to prowl the museums and galleries. (I was a very cultured truant!) By the time I moved there as a university student, I was already half in love, a process that was swiftly completed as I lived and breathed the atmosphere of living there. As a result of its rich history of immigration, trade, prosperity and poverty, Liverpool has a unique culture that really gets under your skin. The city's culinary tapestry weaves Chinese dishes from Europe's oldest Chinatown with Jamaican produce, Irish stout & oyster bars and West African chicken & peanut stew, as well as significant Scandinavian, Baltic and Greek threads.
|Epstein's Liverpool Resurgent,|
known locally as Dickie Lewis
For pudding today, I'm making another traditional Liverpool dish, Wet Nelly. Wet Nelly is something between a cake and a bread & butter pudding. It gets its name from its super-moist texture and tastes deliciously of dried fruit and spice. We'll be eating it warm today, with custard, but there'll be plenty left to have cold as a sweet treat with a cuppa for the next couple of days.
1pt full milk
small can of evaporated milk
140g light brown sugar
2tsp mixed spice
3 eggs, beaten
500g dried fruit ( I like to use a mix of raisins and currants)
- Mix the milk and evap and warm them slightly. Pour over the bread and leave to soak overnight.
- The next day, pre-heat the oven to 180°C (160 fan) Gas 4.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Grease a deep-sided roasting tin and tip the mix into it. Bake for 60-80 minutes.
|A very young Aperitif Guy!|
You can find out more about Global Scouse Day, including its important charitable aspect, on its website: https://globalscouseday.com/