Saturday 29 September 2012

Recreating Revolting Recipes

When I was a child I loved Roald Dahl; I would get lost in his books for hours on end, getting caught up in the magic of his stories.  I read all of his books, reading them again and again.  I still have a lot of my old, extremely well read Roald Dahl books and have started reading a few of the battered looking but much loved books to Bug as I want to pass on my love of reading and the magical stories that Roald Dahl weaved in his magnificent books.  As well as enjoying the splendid stories that Roald Dahl wrote I also loved the vivid illustrations that complemented the stories which were created by the legendary illustrator Quentin Blake.

When I heard that for Roald Dahl Day 2012 they were celebrating 30 gloriumptious years of the loveable, swizzfiggling Big Friendly Giant (otherwise known as The BFG) I started reading The BFG to little man enjoying once again the story of The BFG and how he catches, creates and makes dreams come true.

As a huge fan of Roald Dahl I was excited to hear that Rangemaster UK have been celebrating Roald Dahl day this September with a fabulous Revolting Recipes competition that encourages families to celebrate the magnificent storyteller Roald Dahl by cooking some scrumptious dishes from the Revolting Recipes series.

The delectable recipes that Rangemaster UK are asking people to make all come from the Revolting Recipes book.  There are 3 iconic Revolting Recipes to choose from; ‘Bruce Bogtrotters Cake’ from the fantastic Roald Dahl iconic book Matilda, ‘Stickjaw for Talkative Parents’ from the delightful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and ‘Wonka’s Nutty Crunch Surprise’ also from the wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

To be part of the fun of celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Rangemaster UK on their facebook page and to enter the competition families were asked to create one of the Revolting Recipes, photograph it and email it to for the chance to win some fantastic prizes –

* 1st Prize – £100 voucher for Amazon to treat yourself to all the books in the World!

* 2nd Prize – 2 x sets of Roald Dahl classics (Including Roald Dahl’s Completely Revolting Recipes, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

As I have a fondness for Roald Dahl books and enjoy tasty treats I couldn’t resist taking part in the celebrations and attempting to recreate a Revolting Recipe with Bug.  The ‘Bruce Bogtrotter’s Cake’ from Matilda sounded too tasty to resist so I decided to attempt this iconic Revolting Recipe.  Also it reignited fond memories of reading Matilda again and again, remembering that Bruce Bogtrotter was the little boy who stole a piece of chocolate cake from the formidable Trunchball and then as punishment had to consume an entire cake in front of the whole school!

The cake was easy to make and as Bug loves his fruit we decided to add a little twist to the cake with the addition of raspberries and strawberries to decorate the cake and complement the chocolatey delight.  The ‘Bruce Bogtrotter’s Cake’ is extremely tasty and chocolate-tastic, the consistency and texture reminds me of brownies and I found it very scrumptious as did little man who was treated to a small slice.

Whilst in the cooking mood I also decided to recreate ‘Wonka’s Nutty Crunch Surprise’.  I loved 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' when I was a child, enjoying the story of Charlie whose dream comes true when he finds a winning Golden Ticket in a Wonka chocolate bar to visit the chocolate factory and meet the reclusive chocolate maker Willy Wonka.  I was utterly captivated by Roald Dahl's legendery masterpiece that tells the tale of Charlie Bucket, as one of the lucky 5 who gets to visit the mysterious chocolate factory and go on an enchanting adventure through the magical factory with the factory's eccentric owner, Willy Wonka.

The 'Wonka's Nutty Crunch Surprise' is a simple recipe that creates scrumdiddlyumptious treats.  Bug loved helping me crush the digestive biscuits for the recipe and he couldn't resist helping himself to a few!  He also loved helping me mix the ingredients together and most of all loved having a little bite-sized sample of the finished tasty treat (minus the caramelized coating).

The competition sadly ends tomorrow (30th September 2012).  Even though it may be too late to take part in this taste-tastic competition, if you fancy making some of the unique Revolting Recipes you can buy ‘Roald Dahl’s Completely Revolting Recipes’ book  filled with tasty treats, iconic recipes and delumptious favourites that star in his books on Amazon.

Even though Roald Dahl day was on the 13th of September it’s still not too late to celebrate the splendid Roald Dahl…..any day can be Roald Dahl day.  You can still download Whizzpopping Party Packs on the Roald Dahl Day website.  To help celebrate the wonder of Roald Dahl and his brilliant books the Whizzpoppingly fun Party Packs includes activities, stickers, quizzes, information and much more!

If like me you were a fan of Roald Dahl and his book as a child, go back in time and reminisce about a childhood of reading brilliant books from this magnificent storyteller by recreating tasty treats with your family from the Revolting Recipes book.  Also why not read Roald Dahl’s classic books to your children and pass on your love of his magically fantastic books.

* Disclosure - I am sharing about my entry into the Roald Dahl competition on the Rangemaster UK facebook page and mentioning the competition and Roald Dahl Day but this is not a sponsored post and I have not received any product for this post  *

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