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Thursday, November 20, 2008


Believe it or not, DH have a softer side, which usually only comes to light when we are in the presence of our rather splendid nephew and niece, Evan and Biba.

Last week it was my turn to don the mantle of “jolly uncle” and look after them while my sister and brother in law attended what you young folk apparently call a “gig” by the popular beat combo he manages, The Lords of Flatbush.

The apples in the DH family do not fall very far from the tree and, when asked how they would like to spend time in the company of their beloved relative, the idea of Nintendo and CBBC were swept aside in favour of cooking, a fact which gladdened my fatty heart, even if their supper de choix was the dreaded Mac & Cheese, second only to pizza in the vile food stakes.

Still, as Evan stirred the cheese sauce and Biba carefully grated strong cheddar before layering them in a dish and topping with tomatoes and more cheese, it took me back to my own days as child where our kitchen was filled with the odd combo of smells that could only come from a mum cooking for a half Welsh, half Bengali family.

The end result was deemed a success by all concerned and I even forced down a mouthful or two myself, leaving the rest to be enjoyed by the little ones. However, the doting relative thing can only be taken so far and, when if came to the battle for the last “meaty crumbs” of a porkie pie selected specially for my visit, it was only the trembling of lower lips which prevented me from rediscovering my inner bastard as I handed them over to be sucked up by small, appreciative mouths.

Next time, however, I shall not be so generous. They have to learn the harsh ways of the world sometime and how better to demonstrate that that their uncle depriving them of their favourite food?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be nice to them H2,especially if this is the niece who appreciates a good leg of ham,but mostly because they will be the ones taking care of you in your old age.
And,like all dishes, pasta and cheese can scale the heights,if you use the right quality pasta, and 4 different cheeses in different layers in a deep dish.Try this-lightly dip the almost cooked pasta in some cream.Then in a buttered deep dish,lay some pasta,some fresh mozzarella;then pasta, some provolone:then pasta,some dolcelatte;then the last pasta and a dusting of parmesan and breadcrumbs.When the parmesan curls,take out of oven and let stand for bit,so that the ensemble firms up.Then cut out deep squares and serve.The pasta should not collapse,but stand upright, allowing you to slice down with yr fork and get the different layers of mild to strong cheese in one bite in your mouth.VVV.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:50:00 pm  
Blogger Frequent Traveler said...

Hermano 2,
You clearly love your niece and nephew, as your inner bastard was conquered ! (lol)

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a good mac & cheese... Have you ever tried making it with cavatappi ?

I so like that they preferred cooking to Nintendo... Too cool.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:07:00 pm  
Blogger Kake said...

I strongly approve of Biba's taste in trousers. I wish I'd been allowed to wear purple velvet at that age.

Friday, November 21, 2008 1:59:00 am  

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