CATCF Tidbit #8 - Revolting Recipes

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CATCF Tidbit #8 - Revolting Recipes

Unread postby Liz » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:46 am



Below is another book review:

Publishers Weekly, Oct 10, 1994 v241 n41 p69(1)

Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes. (Children's Review)(Brief Article)

Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1994 Cahners Business Information

Roald Dahl and Felicity Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, photos by Jan Baldwin. Viking, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 0-670-85836-6

Hungry? Perhaps a serving of Scrambled Dregs" or "Hair Toffee to Make Hair Grow on Bald Men" will hit the spot. Recipes for these and the additional delicacies mentioned in the late Roald Dahl's (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) works are hereby adapted for the home kitchen, thanks to the author's widow. Dahl, one suspects, would have been tickled: the offerings are heavily weighted on the side of sweets, and the order of presentation defies adult logic. True to the book's title, there are some recipes of questionable kid appeal (the green pea soup from The Witches; or cod, scallions and spices spread on bread and fried, identified as "Mosquitoes' Toes and Wampfish Roes Most Delicately Fried"). The graphics, meanwhile, are deliciously playful: Blake's inimitable, droll drawings interact cleverly with Baldwin's food photography. For example, cartoony characters clad in pajamas snooze on a silhouetted photo of "Eatable Marshmallow Pillows." Despite the child-oriented tone, a number of recipes require adult participation by virtue of cursory directions or tricky maneuvers (e.g., ensuring that mixtures boil to specific temperatures). All ages. (Oct.)


Here is one recipe from the book:

STRAWBERRY-FLAVORED CHOCOLATE-COATED FUDGE
From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Makes enough for 10 greedy children

You will need:

8x10 inch shallow baking pan
Large heavy-bottomed saucepan
Wax paper
Candy thermometer (optional)

2 cups sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
4 ounces evaporated milk
2 ounces strawberry syrup (Hershey’s, if available)
4 ounces melted semisweet chocolate for dipping

1. Line an 8x10 inch shallow baking pan with buttered wax paper.

2. Put the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and strawberry syrup into a large heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over low heat.

3. Stir occasionally. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture to a boil gently, stirring constantly to prevent sticking and burning no the bottom of the pan. Boil gently until a little of the mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball, about 5 minutes. (Or you can place a warmed candy thermometer in the saucepan and boil the mixture until it reaches 234˚.)

4. Take the pan off the heat and stir until the bubbles subside.

5. Beat rapidly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and becomes granular, about 3 minutes.

6. Pour the fudge into the lined baking pan and let set. If necessary, smooth with a spatula dipped in boiling water.

7. With shaped cutters, cut out the fudge, and dip one side into the melted chocolate; or decorate with piped chocolate, creating different patters, as in the illustration.


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Unread postby lizbet » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:22 pm

Liz and DITHT - is it entirely a co-inky-dink that we are have this kind of discussion right before Valentine's Day??? - the history of chocolate (oops I read thursday's first) and now recipes for crazy sweets we can stir up at home!!! - you two are killing me with all this sugarness and no Mr. Lizbet to share it with - I may just have to do something about it (the candy that is not the man) :disco:
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Unread postby Endora » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:25 pm

I'm sure that a lot of years ago, Revolting Recipes formed the basis of a kids TV cooking programme on the BBC. Maybe some Uk zoners can remember this better than me?
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:35 pm

lizbet wrote: Liz and DITHT - is it entirely a co-inky-dink that we are have this kind of discussion right before Valentine's Day???


Coincidence? Us? :capnjack:
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