While we were doing that some colleagues of mine were at Flora Day in Helston. It's an ancient annual event and the first dances start at 7 in the morning and go on throughout the day.
The gentlemen wear smart shirts and ties, and the ladies wear summer dresses. They dance through the streets, through people's houses and churches. It's quite a celebration and they bought me back some Cornish Stingers to try. It's an alcoholic drink made from stinging nettles and tastes a bit like cider. I'm not really up for drinking it at 3pm in the afternoon and I had a friend over for lunch. So I decided to make something a bit special with it.....
Stinging Nettle Rarebit (serves 2).....
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
1/4 pint milk
2oz/50g local Cheddar
1/4pt Cornish Stingers
1 generous pinch dried chilli flakes
1 generous splash Worcestershire sauce
1 egg yolk
2 slices white bread.
In a pan melt the butter on a low heat. When it's melted and frothing add the flour and whisk over the heat. Take away from the hob and add the grated cheese. Give it a good mix. Put to one side.
In a pan put the Cornish Stingers, Worcestershire sauce and chilli. Reduce by half. Put the cheese mix back on the hob and add the stinger mix. Give it a good beat until smooth. Then add the egg yolk and beat again.