Do you love or hate Delia Smith? I haven’t made up my mind yet…
I still haven’t forgiven her for one cock-up of a recipe I prepared a few years ago which involved filling a five litre pot full of root vegetables with some water and cooking it in the oven.
The end result tasted of bland nothingness. It took me ages to peel the lot and it was quite an expensive mess if you add up the food, electricity and time costs.
It made me wonder if she simply concocted the recipe in her head and never bothered to actually test it. Since then I’ve been avoiding her books like the plague.
However, everyone needs a second chance and this is it. Actually, these little cakes are quite good so I have to give Delia credit where it’s due.
Anyway! Let me talk about what it’s like to look after a toddler boy. Gabriel is boisterous and curious about everything. He will dive into a cupboard and unpack its contents.
His inquisitive mind will make him want to pull contraptions apart and put them together again. Buttons! Anything that looks remotely electronic with buttons he will immediately aim for. If things make a noise, even better, otherwise he will make up for it.
Which is why I thought this recipe would definitely pique his interest. When he heard the noisy grater machine he was up on a chair in a split second and we got to work.
The look of contentment and achievement is priceless.
Played with an electronic gadget. Check. Made a lot of noise. Check. Created a big mess. Check. Ate yummy cakes. Check. Happy. Check!
If you have any overgrown courgettes in the garden, you simply have to make this roast marrow recipe.