We made a pumpkin pie.
Swearing was involved*.
The thing is, the recipe called for a pre-made base and a can of pumpkin purée, and I, being a strange and petty person at times, thought it would be funny to do exactly what it said.
So I bought the can of purée.
It was made by a company called Libby's.
What I didn't know, and what Ocado's information page didn't tell me, was that Libby's is a subsidiary of Nestlé**.
I didn't just buy a can of purée, I bought an evil can of purée.
Me and my stupid ironic-kitsch sense of humour.
If you can't find a more virtuous brand of purée, I recommend just boiling and mashing a normal pumpkin*** instead.
One pre-made pie case
One can of non-evil pumpkin purée, or the puréed insides of one pumpkin****
One carton of totally non-evil (which means non-Carnation) evaporated milk*****
150 grammes of brown sugar
Another 75 grammes of brown sugar for the topping
Ground cinnamon to taste
Ground nutmeg likewise
Ground ginger ditto
Ground cloves as above
75 grammes of pecan nuts
A blob of butter
A tiny pinch of salt.
Get the swearing over with quietly and get on with the pie
Turn the oven on to a high pie-setting, 220 was fine for us
Put everything but the pie-case, nuts, butter, salt and second lot of sugar into a bowl and stir vigorously till you have a bowl of dark orange gloop.
Try not to get any on the walls.
Pour it into the pie-case and put it into the oven on a tray.
Leave the oven on high for fifteen minutes, then turn it down to a low pie-setting (around 180 for us)
Meanwhile express rage at the evil and deceptive nature of certain companies by smashing the pecans to itty bitty bits with the end of a rolling pin.
Put them into a bowl with all the remaining ingredients and stir like crazy.
Go and brood darkly over Baby Milk Action websites till the timer goes off.
Take out the pie and sprinkle the crumbly nut mixture all over the top.
Put it back into the oven for another ten minutes.
Take it out and leave to cool.
Eat it, or, should every bite turn to ashes in your mouth, cut into slices and serve to unsuspecting innocents.
*Well, not real swearing, daytime television swearing, but this is me we're talking about, it's a big deal.
**Those who have been lurking under rocks may like to visit Baby Milk Action to see why this matters to me.
*** Not the whole pumpkin, just the solid orangey yellowy inside bit that's left after you scrape out all the seeds and gloopy stuff.
**** Oh, and make sure you get a decent pumpkin, most of the ones in the shops at this time of year are grown for carving and are fairly tasteless and watery.
*****This is easier to buy than it sounds, Sainsbury's and Morrison's both stock it.
You see why I came over all ironic-kitsch though?
I mean, pre made pie cases, canned pumpkin, and evaporated milk, it's nineteen-fifties America in a pie.