Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sugar is on Fire

Last night, we went to a party. My husband's best friend celebrated his birthday. They were neighbours from their birth on, almost like brothers. There were 14 guests, some were old friends of J, and we had a great time, although I find it more and more difficult to follow a conversation in a mess of voices.
After a very tasty and terribly trefe meal (a soup of sheep milk cheese with minced meat, garlic, and tomatoes) we witnessed the performance of a red wine punch with a burnig sugar cone. The sugar cone is put on a metal stand over the bowl, filled with spiced red wine which is kept warm by a fondue heater.

There is cinnamon and cloves and some other spices, those you would use for gingerbread. Then the sugar is soaked with strong rum and lit. The sugar will melt burning, drip into the wine and sweeten it with a taste of caramel. Both of us took just a small tea glass, J had to drive me home, after all!

Exposure time of the pictures: 2,0"

7 comments:

jude said...

what great little ceremony to warm one's soul. good thing you were driving or you would have enjoyed too much!

Pat said...

delightful evening. unusual feast. and that lovely wine drink. sounds delicious.

ArtSparker said...

Hmm, we used to do something like this in College lighting a plastic bag and watching the bits drip into a bowl of water...no ingestion, though, just observation.

Eva said...

Puh! Susan!

Deborah said...

sounds cozy and delicious

iNdi@ said...

burning a big lump is so much more spectacular than simply toasting a sugar cube over the absinthe...
prosit!

Rayna said...

Quel spectacle! Sounds too sweet to me but the soup is just right up my alley. You worry about traif? Pas moi.
You and J seem to go to the best parties and gatherings - old friends are great to have.