I decided we’d play a game of Russian Roulette - with pies

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Isn’t it lovely when you’re invited away for a birthday weekend to spend time with friends in a hired mansion?

But it can also be very challenging when there are about 30 other people there that you’ve never met before.

Especially when there’s a pie competition involved.

In order to make a good impression, I decided that the best way was to create a game of mini pie Russian Roulette.

This featured one of 12 blackberry and apple parcels laced with red hot chilli peppers.

Some you win, but definitely not this one. Luckily there’ll be 10 years before the next milestone weekend.

This should give me ample opportunity to hone my pie-making skills.

Assuming, of course, that I’m invited back.