In a year punctuated by bad news, I have finally had some of the good stuff. The thing is, I've let it go to my head.
The good news is that The Kitchenmaid has been nominated in the blog section of the 2011 Culinary Quills, organised by the New Zealand Guild of Foodwriters. It was a big shock, especially considering that my fellow nominees are big cheeses in the food writing world. I know it's not exactly the Nobel Peace Prize, but you've got to take compliments where you can, right?
Anyway, I came home, believing my own PR, excited about cooking dinner for a French friend who's here reporting on le rugby. The Small Girl ran in circles around the kitchen while I confidently went off-piste with a cake recipe, thinking what a genius I was. Then this came out of the oven...
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a delicate melange of eggs, white chocolate, lemon zest, butter, sugar and coconut. It is approximately a centimentre thick, except in the parts that stuck to the tin. It is also a good lesson to not get too cocky. Luckily Victoire was late, so I had time to whip up an emergency crumble instead (and the Boy Wonder cooked a sublime roast chicken).
Now, there's a prize* for the best suggestion for what to do with this coconut flop. Any ideas?
*The prize: One coconut flop, conveniently thin enough to fit in a small envelope, can be posted anywhere!