What is your favorite fruit dish? Can you share a recipe for it? Do you include food in your stories? While we’re talking about food, pumpkin, yea or nay?
My favourite fruit dish is apple pie. I particularly like the recipe given to me by my husband’s grandmother which has a very unusual and tasty sweet pastry.
If you would like the recipe, you will find it at the end of my free Sir Chocolate story book here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/free-story-the-marzipan-witch-and-the-golden-swan/. In case you don’t know, Robbie’s Inspiration is my baking and fondant art blog.
I do have a tendency to include food quite often in my stories. Why wouldn’t I? People do most of their socialising over meals – well, they do in my family and among my friends group.
I included apple pie in Through the Nethergate when Henry Scarle, a ghost who has recently reincarnated as a result of Margaret’s unique abilities, tries food for the first time in 400 years.
This is the extract:
““Why don’t you try something,” Margaret said suddenly. “You have a physical body now, you may well be able to enjoy food even if you don’t need to eat to sustain yourselves.”
Henry looked delighted at the thought and decided to order apple pie and cream. The pie looked delicious and he wanted this experiment to be worthwhile in case it made him ill afterwards. Lizzie didn’t order anything. She would see how the food agreed with Henry first.
“At least one of us has to be in guaranteed working order,” she said.
Food comes up quite often in my forthcoming novel, A Ghost and His Gold.”
This is an extract from the war experience of Pieter, a Boer [a Boer is an Afrikaans farmer in South Africa], just before he leaves with his brother, Willem to fight in the war against Britain:
“Sannie was famous for her potjiekos, a rich stew comprising of beef, potatoes and plenty of vegetables which she cooked slowly, in a three-legged cast-iron pot, over hot coals until the meat was tender and the vegetables soft.
Pieter’s meals for the past few days had comprised of rusks, dried bread and biltong with water from their water-skins, and his mouth watered as the rich fumes from the stew wafted through the house.
When the meal was ready, Pieter and Willem tucked into the food with gusto, knowing that they were unlikely to enjoy such a good meal again for a while. The main course was followed by Sannie’s home-made melktert, a traditional dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a custard filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs, and sprinkled with cinnamon.”
I like pumpkin but only as a savoury dish. I enjoy it with a rich gravy or in a potjie or stew.
Do I cook, I hear you asking. Well, yes, maybe a little and I bake a great deal. I love to make exotic cakes. You can find out more about my baking on Robbie’s Inspiration.
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