Hi, I have a query from my 85 year old mother...
I am writing to ask for your help, in a matter which has been worrying and is now upsetting me, concerning an accusation that I have claimed one of your recipes as really mine.
Several years ago, when I was teaching, I had fallen asleep while watching the T.V. I woke in time to hear you talking about using prunes with an alcohol beginning with 'A'. I went to Sainsburys & the only alcohol I could see beginning with an 'A' was Amoretto, so I bought prunes and over two evenings I put them together. I tried different sugars and finally chose muscovado. The recipe I invented, I found improved with keeping and was enjoyed by everyone.
It wasn't until several years later that I saw your recipe with prunes and Armagnac.
As far as I am concerned there is no similarity between our recipes and I would be very grateful if you could write and make this clear to my accuser:
I understand you cannot reply in person but an answer on 'Ask Lindsey' would be appreciated so much, I can print it of and show her.