Last week at work I spotted this book “A Perfect Day for a Picnic” by Tori Finch on the new shelf at work, and I decided to take a look and see if it contained any of the wonderful food mentioned in Blyton’s books. Sadly, I have to say, it was very lacking in Blytonian food.
And then I had this idea!
Why don’t I do some searching, find a shed load of recipes for all the food that gets eaten in Blyton’s books and cook all the recipes and see which one’s the best? Then I can take pictures, tell you about them on here and give you a smashing, memory-stirring recipe to your favourite Blyton foods.
I’m sure you all know what food I’m talking about. The food that make your mouth water just through the descriptions, and you enjoy every mouthful with the Five, the Adventurers, the Find-Outers, the Secret Seven, Malory Towers and St Clare’s girls, wishing you could enjoy the magical food just as they do. The food in Blyton’s books are almost as famous as the woman herself!
Well that is my plan. So far I have raided my mother’s cookery books, and a couple I had gotten from work. I’ve compiled an Excel spreadsheet of 118 recipes to try. Some of those do need to be looked into as I’m unsure whether they just sound Blytonian or actually feature in the books.
There you are, that is my proposed plan. I’m not saying that you’ll get a blog every week about a recipe, but I shall try to keep up a good momentum. Naturally some weeks may be busier than others.
So far I have tried my hand at the two recipes for ginger biscuits that I have, one of which – owing to the late start of the project – hasn’t done very well. I shall probably give them another go tomorrow to try to make them correctly. After which, I will hopefully be able to present you with a good solid recipe for ginger biscuits as featured in Five Go To Kirrin Island Again.
I think it’s a good thing that cooking always means you have no shortage of taste testers, and willing mouths to feed because I’m not sure how I’d manage to eat everything I’ll be making.
Still, it never stopped the Five!
P.S. If you have any foodie ideas for me to try, do share them!