I have been inspired after being sent this yummy picture from bookmarkcorner (via the lovely Mrs Mack). I mean seriously, book AND cake, you can’t really go wrong! It got me to thinking about the links between books and food. Obviously there are cook books, of which I have many, but what I’m talking about is the recipes and good things that are deliciously described in the books that we read.
So I started looking around and I found this great blog www.diamondsfordessert.com which is quite simply inspired. I can’t bake at all, but my middle froglet can, so I am planning to steer her gently in this direction. You cannot deny that these cakes are a touch of genius.
Not only are the cake designs quite frankly amazing, but the blog itself is a great read, even if you can’t/won’t/don’t bake. After reading and watching the video clips, I actually feel like I could have a go and make a fair attempt at re-creating something half decent. If not, I’ll make big puppy-dog eyes at froglet number 2 and hope for the best.
And then I remembered a couple of great children’s recipe books that I have in my kitchen. The first one which sprang to mind was my very well loved Winnie the Pooh classic ‘The Pooh Cook Book’. My teaching partner and I used recipes from this book with our Year 1 class. After a week of lovingly reading Winnie the Pooh stories, we celebrated with a spot of elevenses in the form of shortbread and scones. Delicious!
The other absolute must in my humble opinion is Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Recipes‘. Again, this is a very well thumbed and slightly crumb-strewn edition in the Radford house. We have sampled ‘Lickable Wallpaper’, ‘Snozzcumbers’ and ‘Bird Pie’ to name but a few. All very tasty and hilarious to watch come to life before your eyes. I can’t think of anything better than creating a Dahl-esque feast for family and friends.
I think that there is something incredibly decadent and outrageous in terms of the links between food and my favourite children’s books. Here’s my top 5:
The Mad Hatter’s tea party from ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Turkish delight from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’
The chocolate river from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’
Winnie the Pooh and his love of honey
The Halloween feast from ‘Harry Potter’
I must say I found it very difficult to narrow it down to 5! What your top 5 be and why?