Wednesday 21st September 2011
After a long play in the park Zephy & I headed home. My plan was to have a low maintenance dinner. All I had to do was sweat some onions, boil some green beans & make a salad! It was the perfect time for he & I to spend some quality time together.
Whatever I cook, I make a point of getting my son,Zephyrus involved. Whether it be helping to prepare ingredients, tasting stocks & sauces or just by showing him the amount of fat that is rendered from a single breast of duck. There are more than a few life lessons to be learnt in the kitchen.
“I thought we could make something together.” I announced on the walk home.
“Rice pudding.” I said.
He licked his lips. He & my wife love rice pudding.
I got everything we needed set up on the table & gave him a call.
“Ok, we need 60 grams of that one & 40 of that one.” I explained handing him a jar of rice.
“I’ve got this great idea,” He said. “Can I make a dessert too.”
“Yeah, but can you put this in there first, so I can put it on to boil?”
He did & then ran off to the fridge to gather previsions.
He started with orange juice then a little sugar. Then came some pomegranate seeds & a slash of soya milk. After that he was a bit stumped & so looked for inspiration in larder. He seemed satisfied as he exited clutching a couple of digestive biscuits.
“You could put some banana in, if you wanted.” I said as he was sprinkling the biscuits into the ramekins.
“Yeah, have you got one?” He replied adding a little more juice.
“There should be half a banana in the fridge.” I told him.
He retrieved it and began slicing & dividing.
“How about some melon?” I asked trying to distract him from pouring yet more soya milk & orange juice into the already overflowing pot.
“Yeah.” He shouted running off in search of melon.
I chopped up the melon & mopped up the carnage that he had left behind.
“What do you wanna call it?” I asked.
“I dunno.” He answered thoughtfully.
“How about Zephy’s fruit salad?” I posed rather predictably.
“Yeah,” He said smiling broadly. “Take a photograph ‘cos this might be the last thing I make for the blog.”
We didn’t end up eating it that night, as we were so full from the rice pudding. And after a night in the fridge the banana was a bit too brown for our liking but even without it he got a 10 out of 10 from me. 🙂