The date 31 January 2020 is bound to become infamous. On this day the UK is leaving the European Union.
The Bank of England has now further downgraded the prospects for the UK economy to be at the lowest level since the Second World War!
As part of the fallout, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ability to pump more money into the “left behind” regions of the UK is now threatened. These were the former solid-Labour seats that trashed Jeremy Corbyn’s already shredded reputation and for some strange reason gave Mr Johnson a majority in last month’s General Election.
It is such an exhibition of madness that I felt moved to mark the occasion by making something to preserve this nonsense in the memory for a long time to come.
The preserve I have adapted is one Delia Smith picked up from her friend Di Knab, a former fashion model and stylist who moved with her husband Peter and set up a cookery school in the mid-1980s in a house called Le Baou d’Infer in Provence.
As Delia says it is “a jewel of a recipe” and the result is terrific served with good bangers, kebabs, left-over pie or pate and cheese.
All I have done is add a sliced red onion but the whole thing is a powerful reminder of the simple pleasures Mr Johnson persuaded enough ignorant people to turn their backs on by voting for Brexit.
2 large peppers (red, yellow or green or a mixture)
1 medium red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 fl oz (25 ml) vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Start by trimming the peppers and cutting them into a ¼ inch (5mm) julienne of about two inches (5cm) long.
Meanwhile, warm the olive oil with the vinegar and two fluid ounces (55 ml) of water in a saucepan and then stir in the honey.
Bring this liquid to a simmer and add the peppers and onion, stirring them so they are coated.
The next step is to cover the pan so the peppers and onion soften over low heat. They will be tender after about 20 minutes.
After this take the lid off and raise the heat to evaporate most of the liquid. When the mixture is removed from the heat, season with the salt and pepper, allow to cool, and then put it in some clean jars.
Every time you add a spoonful of this joy to your food, just remember how good life used to be before the nonsense that is Brexit.