Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Sandwich snakes and chocolate hedgehogs

Well, I thought it was a great idea! Chris wasn't so certain.
'It's a what?' he said.
'A sandwich snake,' I said. 'You take a French loaf/ stick/ baguette or whatever you want to call it, and you slice it into pieces. Then you take, for example, three different fillings like egg mayonnaise, cream cheese and tomato and ordinary cheese, then you put them altogether thusly - bread, egg mayo, bread, cream cheese and tomato, bread, cheese, bread egg mayo etc etc blah, blah blah until you have a sandwich snake. Scatter some lettuce and cucumber 'grass, et voila! Who needs Mumsnet??'
'But that means you have filling on both sides of each piece of bread,' said Chris.
'YES!' I said. 'Isn't that brilliant???'
Chris looked at me. 'But why?' he said.
'Because,' I said.
'Because what?' said Chris.
'Because it's a snake sandwich!' I said.

But he still didn't get it. Managed to eat a fair wack of it though. And being a kindly daddy, he surrendered the grape eyes to Kayleigh.

This chap gave me a certain amount of angst. It's a long time since I made a novelty cake. I used to make them all the time when Chris and Heather were little - fairytale castles, frogs, dragons, trains, gardens, teddy bear picnics, circuses, planes. My Mum has a whole photo album of my novelty cakes. But this one, well, the face kept going wrong. In the end I performed face surgery using a stack of chocolate fingers covered in chocolate icing. It made me feel quite ill putting it together, all that chocolate covered in more chocolate. But at the party it was greeted well......as you can see! For here is the birthday girl herself, getting ready to tuck into her first ever birthday party...

...and an hour later, here is the same birthday girl wondering if she has room for any more, and whether it might be an idea if she slept in the bath tonight, just in case!

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