Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Frobscottle and Whizzpoppers

We've been reading The BFG to Fifi. I've never read it before - Roald Dahl I don't think is as big in the US as he is in the UK - so it's all new to me and just as exciting to me as it would've been to all children upon their first reading. I've had to skip over some parts; Fifi gets frightened when the giants come out, and I've had to downplay the parts where they reach into children's rooms and eat them... you know, because that's only slightly traumatising to a three year old child. But so far, Fifi's been fine with my abridged version, and she talks about it constantly.

Well, we recently read the chapter about frobscottle, the tasty drink the Big Friendly Giant drinks, with the bubbles that go down. Upon reading it, I just knew I'd have to make it!

I had my own ideas; I would buy some Irish cream soda syrup, mix it with sparkling water and add some raspberry flavour and green food colouring. But I figured the Internetz would probably have already devised a perfect recipe, so I hit Google.

Of the many frobscottle recipes (including the official Roald Dahl's book of revolting recipes version), the best one I found was this one: It looked the easiest to make and the tastiest. So this morning we made it.

1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of Sprite
1 T. Raspberry sauce
1 tsp. Vanilla
Green food colouring

Put everything in the blender and add ice.

The girls loved it! I thought it was alright too. I didn't make it exactly, as I didn't have any ice in the freezer to put it in the blender, so it was a bit separated at the top, but it was actually still pretty good.

Afterwards I pretended to do a whizzpopper, but Fifi didn't buy it. She said, 'That was just you. That wasn't a real one!'

She's still waiting for her whizzpopper to blast her into the air.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Apples Galore

I just cored, quartered and peeled 4 pounds of apples to make apple butter, disposed of the cores and peels, only to THEN realise the recipe said to quarter the apples WITHOUT coring and peeling, as the flavour and pectin is in the cores and peels.

So. Annoyed.

Looks like I'll be making a few pies instead.