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/