The wonderful thing about having Foodie Friends is having someone who not only understands when you want to make something new in the kitchen: try out a new unknown ingredient, experiment with weird and wonderful flavours, …. but who will also have a great time laughing with you when the results don’t look anything like the fabulous photo in the picture, or the taste has you all pulling faces and muttering ”Welll err ….Maybe Not !“.
This taste testing goes both ways, we regularly share our triumphs and disasters and we are brutally honest when it comes to the verdicts both good and bad.
One special Foodie friend has been hinting to Kiwi Daughter all summer that there is a surprise recipe in store, made especially with her in mind: if only a mystery ingredient could be obtained somewhere in the Netherlands.
To add intrigue and suspense this mystery ingredient was not named, Kiwi Daughter was only given regular updates as to the progress of the search, which for months on end were sadly negative. Then one day we got an excited message: the ingredient had been found and Kiwi Daughter’s mystery recipe could be made.
Naturally the kid had been needling and wheedling to try and find clues to the nature of the recipe and we ascertained it would most probably be something sweet rather than savory because the words Kiwi Daughter and Sweet Tooth are as firmly welded together as sucrose and glucose molecules…
The big day eventually arrived and after a shared meal of spaghetti where there experiment was how much garlic can you add and still stay sanding when the person next to you breathed on you… (Little Mr. had a plain version of the pasta and apparently his experiment was to see how much grated parmigiani cheese he could distribute around the tablecloth) We were told to stay in our places whilst Food Friend rushed home to fetch the surprise dessert. Luckily “home” was only literally just around the corner and minutes later we were treated to the unveiling of…
Her latest Gardening project.
Seriously. Flower pots with real flowers and mud. I kid you not.
However, several things were giving the game away… normal pot-plants don’t come with frosty fingerprints on the pots. (ok, maybe mine do, I’m an atrocious gardener). Digging into this garden revealed that the “dirt” was in fact ice-cream mixed with crumbs from crushed up Oreo cookies and that the top layer of the “dirt” consisted of a layer of Oreo Cookie crumbs.
The flower was indeed real, but had been ingeniously inserted into a clean drinking straw embedded into the ice-cream so that stem did not touch the food.
Digging also revealed the elusive mystery ingredient: gummy worms! These were buried into the dirt and several peeked out at us. Giggles all round as we passed around spoons, grabbed a pot and went “digging”.
Oreo Cookies (crushed into fine crumbs)
Ice-cream of the flavour of your choice (compatible with Oreo Cookies)
Gummy worm sweets
narrow stemmed fresh flowers
suitable freezable “pot-like” container (small is good).
The only unexpected thing was that we now know that gummy worms embedded in ice-cream and kept frozen, freeze very well indeed… rock solid in fact, so ” just biting a piece off” was a physical impossibility at first. We had to dig them out and eat them once they had thawed.
The other not so small discovery was that these “pots” which are beakers purchased from IKEA hold a lot more ice-cream than even the biggest ice-cream eater amongst us bargained on. Our “pots” had to stay in our freezer and be finished in several sittings becuase this is a seriously filling desert.
We all agreed it was a “hit” of a recipe but could be repeated with the minor adjustments that maybe the worms could be decorative on top next to the flower next time to avoid freezing them solid and the pot definitely needed to be a lot smaller.
Needless to say this dessert went down a treat and not just with Kiwi Daughter… everyone shoved it down!