Every year I dream of an elegant Christmas with a tasteful tree, scented candles and swathes of cashmere, but in reality, living with my family this simply isn’t an option! This christmas perched high on the mantlepiece, gently scenting the room with overtones of orange, lemon and apple will be my own small offering to good taste!
Per Hurricane Lamp you will need:
1 strand of ivy
1 hurricane lamp and 1 church candle
Drying the Fruit
Heat a conventional oven to 110C and slice the orange, lemon and apple into rings.
Arrange the rings on a baking tray and place in the oven, or the warming oven of an aga, for an hour or more, checking every half hour until the fruit has dried, but not burned. Please do take care and watch like a hawk or you’ll end up with charred lemons like me! I think it’s best to under-cook and then continue to dry the fruit on either a shelf in the airing cupboard or on top of the aga until dry. Once the fruit has cooled either move onto the next stage or seal in an airtight container until required.
To assemble the Hurricane Lamp
With the candle already inserted, take a strand of ivy and decoratively drape in a spiral around the inside of lamp, so it rests against the glass. Next, artistically arrange the orange, lemon and apple rings inside the hurricane lamp ensuring the candle is higher than the display. Yes, you’re absolutely right, I do need to buy some taller candles to avert disaster!
Dotmaison and No 77 Interiors currently have a good and reasonably priced selection of Storm and Hurricane Lamps and Lanterns. If, like me, you need to invest in some more church candles, The Candle Light Company, have an impressive slection of church and pillar candles as well as lanterns. GT Florist Supplies provide 250g of dried orange slices for £3:75 if time is precious.