Those who live for true Christmas fruitcake — yes there are plenty of us still out here — be advised that now is the time to start pulling your ingredients together. For as we all know, the perfectly cellared cake takes months to cure. Have my parents shared their famous English fruitcake recipe with me yet? Of course not. They swore a blood oath of secrecy some five decades ago. The last one of them to survive will set a match to it as their final act on Earth. Thank goodness I’m not bitter about it. That would be unseemly.