I bought a bottle of cider that was recommended to me and it was awful. So much so that the only palatable thing I could think of doing with it was to make mulled cider. Thankfully the weather is perfect for warm drinks right now.
Every good thing I knew, about the British Postal system went out of the window last month. Dave and I have a tap sensor which we bought on a previous visit to England. The sensitivity is is not working properly, so we arranged to have it sent in for testing. The Saturday after we arrived the post offices were meant to be open. However, the staff decided this was a good day to strike, so Royal Mail offices were closed. Dave found a satellite office that was open and took our parcel in for posting. He chose priority mail so it would get to Croydon on Monday afternoon. However, the lady behind the counter was so disinterested in Dave, and what he was saying, that she placed the sticker on the FROM side of the box, and not the TO side.
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We were not aware of this until a week later when the parcel was delivered to my cousin’s house. All of this showed poor service. The lady Dave dealt with made an error but she also must have held onto the parcel or Royal Mail did nothing about getting it delivered. The distribution centre is half a mile from where Dave took the parcel. And from there it took a week to get to Oxford. A short 2 hour drive away. Dave took the box to Royal Mail in Abingdon and they sent it to the correct address, thankfully free of charge. But this meant we have come home without the sensor, and have a non-working tap in our prep bowl. We have realized just how often we use this water source so it is quite a pain not to have the sensor back yet. Is your postal service good?
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- 340 mls dry cider
- 100 mls apple juice
- 1 orange, zest cut into strips
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 quill cinnamon, broken in half
- 1 star anise
- Place the cider, apple juice, orange zest, cloves, cinnamon and star anise into a sauce pan
- Bring to a simmer over a medium temperature and leave to simmer for 20 minutes
- Strain and serve straight away in heat proof glasses
View the previous posts on July 22:
- 2020: Lockdown And The Knock On Effect
- 2019: Potato Soup
- 2018: Two Little Girls
- 2015: Frans Groenewald Answers Questions For The Blog
- 2011: Prawns With Oak Smoked Red Bell Pepper
- 2010: Vegetarian Pasta Sauce