Friday, 7 May 2021

Fat Bastards



The weather may remain dry this afternoon 
I will resume wall painting then.
In between showers the girls have been jostling for the sunny position on the trendy blue sofa.
I have been making fat rascals for most of the morning

Between 1986 and 1989 I lived in the city of York . Before my late nursing shift start at 1 pm, I would often go to Betty’s tea rooms which is situated in St Helen’s square, to have myself a small Golden carafe of coffee and a fat rascal. There was a single table upstairs which I loved to sit in, where I would pretentiously read my book and scoff my rascal 
This morning I made Fat Rascals for the very first time.
Now for those that don’t know a Fat Rascal is a cross between a scone and a bun; in actual fact it is a Rock cake which is filled with fruit, orange zest, whole bleached almonds and glacè cherries. 
The last three ingredients make the rascal taste so good
They should be eaten warm with butter and should be large, two handed buns.
I made mine a little smaller than I’d like but they tasted Right Good when I tried them


Years after I had left York for Sheffield , I returned to the city to see some friends. Feeling all nostalgic for a Rascal, I turned left into the shop rather than the cafe and ordered six. 
The shop waitress looked surprised at my request
I had ordered Six fat Bastards instead of Six Fat Rascals!!
She got the gist! 

I will leave you with this short film called Alex And Jay
It’s a wonderfully acted piece which turns out quite charmingly 
I’ve enrolled in another film study course, this one centred around exploration of gay themes within cinema.. it will keep me busy on Thursday nights.


Chic Eleanor has just messaged me, she has booked a table for dinner for us and some friends next week
“ Darling” the message read “ We are embarking on a new beginning”





57 comments:

  1. ooooh, a dinner party! and those fat rascals look dee-lish!

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  2. Fat bastards! Ha! I've never heard of a "fat rascal," but they look excellent. Anything with orange zest wins my vote. I'll check out the movie when I get home.

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  3. Gay themes within cinema aka furtive back row blow jobs 🤣

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  4. I want a fat rascal!

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  5. New beginnings are always so exciting. Enjoy!

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  6. Call them what you will John - they are Betty's best seller.

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  7. The blond actor is on a series I watch, "Major crimes" and he plays a young gay man on that show so I wondered why he had a girlfriend.
    Your "Fat Bastards" look yummy! Enjoy your dinner!

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  8. I'ver never had a "Fat Rascal" or even heard of one before, but they sure sound good!

    That's a great short film! I just saw a wonderful Israeli film about gay men, youth and aging. It's called "Sublet" and is worth seeing if you get a chance!

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    1. Debra, John Benjamin Hickey is one of my most favorite actors. I have been waiting quite a few months to see "Sublet". Can you tell me on what streaming service you found it? Thanks so much

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrqfanpA6o4

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  9. Ooops! My Nan used to make them, and I'd race home from school to eat one (or two...three if she wasn't looking!)

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    1. THREE you are a better man than me Gunga din

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    2. One cake for each mile I walked home!

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  10. Your description of Fat Rascal as bun, scone, rock cake, and the ingredients, are making me think they are like a fruit cake in bun shape.

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  11. Barbara Anne4:45 pm

    Like Debra, I'd never heard of a "Fat Rascal" either. They sound as delicious as they look, so may I ask for your recipe?
    Hope the rain holds off until your paint is dry.

    Hugs!

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    1. I finished another wall

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    2. Barbara Anne1:43 am

      Good for you! Applause, applause!! :)

      I sewed 2nd and 3rd borders on a quilt.

      Hugs!

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  12. I'm sure my boyfriend at the time preferred his flatmates-my nurse friend who went with one too told me so-I'm not sure what she saw-he was irresistible though.Those bastards look right nice John but if you ever offer one to Eleanor perhaps Rascals sound nicer x

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  13. That video was adorable. Young love!
    The girls know how' it's done, baby.

    And now I want a fat rascal!

    XOXO

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  14. I once went into a toy shop for a stunt kite and said it wrong.

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  15. Those would make a fat bastard out of my in no time!

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  16. Buns with fruit and nuts sounds delicious. Indecision? Yes? No? Maybe? Sometimes? Why all so very complicated? Just asking?

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  17. You've made me want a fat rascal now! Dinner with friends - wonderful! xx

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    1. Tonight I had a pub tea with gorgeous Dave which was lovely

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  18. I've a recipe for Fat Rascals but have yet to make them. After seeing yours, I feel I will attempt them this week. Love "Chic Eleanor's" positive thinking!

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  19. i once ordered a lemon turd cart instead of a lemon curd tart. it still makes me laugh hysterically when i think about it.

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  20. Not heard of a fat rascal but they look good. Wonder why dogs like to sit on the back of the sofa! Can Mary look out I the window from there?

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    1. Yes but her usual seat is in my bed room window seat

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  21. Ooh, I've never heard of fat rascals, but I'll be dreaming about them tonight.

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  22. Up next, Baking with John

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  23. My wife and I enjoyed a Fat Rascal each in Betty's (a comment that could be misinterpreted without your prior explanation, I suppose). They are very big and fat - a meal in each one. Delicious. My daughter ordered a box of four to be delivered to us one Christmas too. How thoughtful.

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    1. I’ve just looked on line to order myself some

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    2. Because you deserve it... Maybe make a proper meal of it with one of your fabulous soups followed by Fortnum & Masons Scotch eggs (although Haggis Scotch eggs can also be ordered) and Fat Rascals with lashings of full fat butter to finish, followed by a long burping sleep... (Am I the devilish imp whispering temptation into one ear while the saintly angel on the other shoulder sleeps?)

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  24. I have only been to York once, and visited a HUGE pub that was on three stories. The different stories seemed to cater for different ages and tastes of music. Does that ring a bell?

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  25. Looks like it will be ages till we can travel to the UK and York to sample a Fat Rascal from Betty's so how about sharing your recipe? It sounds delish.

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  26. I once made a better than sex cake. It wasn't.

    Love,
    Janie

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  27. The fat rascals look delish! Am off to find a recipe.
    Also, that little film was indeed charming. Have watched it twice in 20 minutes.

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  28. Fat rascals and dinner with the lovely Chic Eleanor and friends...what could be better.

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  29. My husband was baffled at the loud guffaw from the waitress when he ordered two teasted toecakes. She knew exactly what he wanted. I get a fit of the giggles when I think about it and toasted teacakes have changed their name in this house forever.

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  30. I've never tasted a Fat Rascal let alone made one, but they sound delicious. I used to make Rock Cakes all the time for my boys when they were little, so much easier to dollop the mixture out on the tray than faff about cutting out scones. 😄

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