Today I decided on word association activities.
It was baking (hot) so we baked.
Tenuous possibly but it gives me leeway, imagine a day with lots of whines……
So, anyway, baking and making it was and surprisingly I had a full quota of willing helpers.
The first was easy. Bread. Focaccia bread.
This was a very simple recipe; self raising flour, oil, warm water, herbs and salt. No need to prove.
45 minutes in the oven and it was done
It might not win any prizes (or a Hollywood handshake) but wow did it taste good!
So, what do you need with fresh bread on the hottest day in the history of the world ever……drum roll please……..
Soup. (Yes The Monkeys are decidedly odd)
So we dug out my faithful multi cooker and homemade tomato and vegetable soup did appear.
You can buy really expensive multi cookers but mine is a £20 Wilko’s jobby which does me just fine
The soup was a hit. So much so, that the vat of soup I intended to portion and freeze (yes I’m scared too, the heat must be affecting my domesticity, don’t be alarmed this heat has to give way soon and normal service will be resumed) actually only did one lunch time with a bit spare.
Finally. It was decided we needed pudding so we put our heads together and an invention was born.
I present to you…..
Nutella (other brands of chocolate spread are available, most notably Aldi’s Nutoka which if you remove the label bears a striking resemblance to the market leader, and apparently passes the taste test of continually ravenous Monkeys…..) and candied mixed peel bread and butter pudding.
For administrative purposes I was forced to test the results (the proof of the pudding is in the eating after all) and I can quite honestly say that if you looked up ‘divine’ in a thesaurus there would be a picture of this dessert. I am known for my modesty so that should give you an indication into the deliciousness of this creation.
To summarise; my kitchen looks like a bomb site, my dishwasher is going on strike for being forced to work beyond normal conditions, there’s no ingredients left for anything else but it was great fun and that’s all that really matters (oh and they inadvertently ate shed loads of vegetables which was probably counteracted by the second course but that’s the way the pudding crumbles).
Welcome to my world