准备樱桃白兰地或“Kriekenborrel”，就像我们在比利时称它是对圣诞节的第一步，冬天我。在圣诞节前夕，当我还是个孩子，我被允许一个单一的醉酒樱桃小纤巧玻璃作为一种享受。这是记忆是如何制造的，并再怎么一次次圣诞节来临之际，你需要一定的口味给你运回了过去。怀旧和圣诞节齐头并进。它是依然强劲的一个西方传统。人们准备这样的樱桃白兰地的东西，plum puddingmonths in advance. The anticipation grows in the jars, and by every spoonful of brandy that is poured over the pudding every week.
在“金酒”，这几乎是相同的杜松子酒保留水果，一直是我们的部分定制了几十年。这是在1950年特别流行的时候，我的祖母是年轻的。因为我妈妈从小一起长大的，它是感性的她，这就是为什么她教我如何做到这一点。我仍然有樱桃妈妈的最后一个罐子，我在设有EAU DE VIE淹没于1998年，是比较特殊的，因为罐子持有的回忆以及樱桃。在我的厨房我从2006年，2010年，2011年和2013年一些我放弃坛子，舀樱桃和酒出来分成更小的瓶子用丝带和日期来装饰。他们去的人，我知道会欣赏我的珍贵的保护。因为在它们与回忆我的一部分希望他们能珍惜。
In Belgium it is hard to find home grown cherries too, again the expense of harvesting and demand are too high. Most of our cherries come from Turkey. They are usually quite flavourless and dull. When I was a child, we had cherries from Belgium and France in our shops. One particular type, which we called white bellies, were my absolute favourite. They reminded me of the red blushing apple of snow white so I pretended they were tiny apples. You see them rarely these days which is a terrible shame. It is those wonders of your childhood you miss when you grow up. Fruit you got every season which is now only available rarely and at premium prices in premium stores. The farmers wife at my local farmshop tells me that when they go to the fruit and veg market early in the morning to buy the produce they do not grow (they are a dairy farm), they see less and less older farmers selling the more rare fruit like mirabelle plums, sloes and medlars.They harvest them from their farm hedges from trees much older then they are themselves. But as these older farmers retire, so is lost the supply of these most wonderful fruits. I appreciate the farmshop for buying the produce from these old men, that way it is still possible to see more of the season than just what the supermarkets wishes us to see.
未来的樱桃和其他家grown fruits? One of the fears of Brexit in Britain is that even less home grown fruit will be harvested. Most fruit pickers are immigrant workers because English (and Belgian people too for that matter) don’t want to do the hard work. So the question is, will there be an even further decline in home grown fruit? Well… Britain hasn’t left the EU yet and we can’t know now what will happen later. So lets just buy local when we can.
The past 50 years 90 % of the cherry orchards have disappeared. Before the second world war there were about 40 000 acres of cherry orchards in England alone. These were mainly in Kent, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
The labour was very intensive as the trees were very high, too high to cover the crop from the birds. Cherry pickers would climb on very high ladders with baskets tied to their waists. Nowadays trees are kept smaller so they can be managed more easily and trey can be covered with netting to keep the birds from stealing or damaging the entire crop. When you drive through Kent at this time of the year, you can spot the netting. It looks like a giant spider has creeped out of that Harry Potter book to cover the trees in her enormous web.
To be able to enjoy cherries for longer, drowning them in strong alcohol really is the best way.
小新闻,我组织两个创意收集ings in the autumn. One will be a two day retreat in Tuscany the last weekend of october, the other is a one day in Dorset end of november. If you are interested, details will be shared in the next weeks but you can already email me to be put on the list without obligation. We will be cooking, photographing, styling, eating, drinking, learning and we will also have the most wonderful time with like-minded creatives.
On to the recipe now
What do you need
（伏特加，金酒，杜松子酒，的EverClear，设有EAU DE VIE，...）
raw cane sugar: 500 g
brown sugar or mollasse: 1 tablespoon
glass preserving jars
Rinse the cherries well and pad dry with kitchen paper. Remove the stalks carefully without damaging the fruit.
Layer the cherries with the sugar, pour over the alcohol and close the jar.
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