Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reading Roald Dahl and Trying Some Revolting Recipes

Since I found out I was pregnant, I delightfully have had the chance to read more than I used to. Good thing, too, because for the first time ever in my life, I made an all-elusive New Year's resolution: A Book A Month. So aside from the staple What To Expect When You're Expecting, I've read Baum (because Wicked is in Manila!!!), Capote, Kafka, two Fitzgerald's, and David Levithan as per the recommendation of my 12-year-old sister; and tried to read Austen, Hugo, and Woolf. My kind, kind Kindle, working hard.

And I've been reading aloud to the baby, too. I always say, if in a day, you could afford to do just one thing for your child, let it be reading. Read to them even for just 15 minutes everyday (and throw in a little cuddle and a little kiss). So I'm starting early. And these days, it's Roald Dahl. Just excerpts really, from the Roald Dahl Treasury I got in a book sale.

Look who fell asleep while I was reading aloud--our loony loon maine coon, Haku!

And then I remembered, also from a book sale, I got Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes. I had to try a few.

From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BUTTERSCOTCH!

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ounce light corn syrup (that's about 1/8 cup)
2 and 1/2 cups skim milk
3 ounces plain yogurt

In a saucepan over low heat, melt together the butter, sugar, and corn syrup. 
Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved. 
Add about 1/4 cup of skim milk. Mix. Transfer to a bowl/pitcher.
Whisk in a little more milk, followed by all the yogurt.
Whisk in the remaining milk.
Cover with plastic wrap. Chill before serving.

The recipe book said it would make about 3 cups (3-4 mugs); I only made 2 short glasses though.

I also made, from James and the Giant Peach, MUDBURGERS! A household favorite!

1 and 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tablespoons capers, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten

Except for the egg, gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Then add the egg, mix thoroughly.
Pat into mudburgers (If there are children, I'd let them help in this part. 
This could be a fun sensorial experience for them).
Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, or fry in a non-stick skillet.
Serve warm (yummier when warm).

Mudburgers before the grill.
Even Haku wants some already! Well, he always wants some of everything, really.

Might be an interesting way to introduce your children to Roald Dahl. And to the Twits, to the BFG, to Matilda, to James, to George, to Charlie, and of course, to Mr Willy Wonka.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl

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  1. Hi Mars! Thank you for dropping by my blog. You know what, I used to follow your old blog :) We do Montessori at home but am not a Montessori teacher. On paper Im an engineer but turned housewife when I had my first born. Glad that you found me as well! Allow me to follow your blog for ideas and congratulations on your pregnancy.

  2. Wow, Jae! Now we have come full circle--I'm now following your blog. I'm so thankful, too, because of the ideas and the printables!!! I used to do our printables myself. And I know how tedious it can be. Now I can just head on over to your blog.

    Thank you! It's an exciting time, my pregnancy!

    I did stop blogging for a while. But now I'm back for good and I really hope to hear more from you. :)

    With much enthusiasm,
    Mars M.

  3. Ummm... I think most people who are preggo try to AVOID revolting food!!!! :) I've got to look for this book. When I was teaching, I always made Freckle Juice (from the book) with my 5-year-old students - mayo and grape juice were just two of the ingredients. Even though it was revolting, they couldn't get enough of it! Also, your cat cracks me up - especially in that last photo!

  4. I'm a munch monster these days, Anne! If we have it, I'll eat it! My sister keeps teasing me not to eat the entire house. :-)

    Mayo and grape juice!?!? One day I'll whip up the courage to try that haha!

    Haku the cat is hilarious, isn't he? :-) I love him to bits!

  5. We read Roald Dahl to Finn when he was inside me! Ironically, we haven't started reading it to him now at 2 as we think he is too young! Haha!

  6. We're the same! Reading Roald Dahl to the baby, too, now while he/she is inside me. :-) We'll know by the end of the month if we're having a boy or girl! :-)

    And we think the same, too. 2 might be too young for Roald Dahl. I was thinking of letting him/her discover and read independently when he/she's ready. :-) That's how my little sister met James and the Giant Peach and George and the Marvelous Medicine and the Magic Finger. She loves them. :-) Matilda, she met through the movie. Love that too!

  7. How very interesting! Especially those Mudburgers, they look good to taste!

    I wonder if I can still find that book at BookSale (although booksale in Taguig sucks, I like the one in SM Southmall) or at least, Fully booked? :)

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Hi, May! I'm not sure if they have it in Fully Booked. Or if they still have it in Book Sales (I got mine some years ago and you know how it is there, sometimes you just get one copy). But they have other editions of it in Amazon. :) Here's the link:

    The Mudburgers--must-try! So easy to prepare, too. :)