I was aware that I have a tendency to blame Nigella when things go wrong in the kitchen. And I admit that in order to blame her, it doesn’t much matter whether or not she had a hand in the recipe in question: a curse thrown in the direction of the Goddess of Domesticity always makes me feel a little bit better. But I didn’t realise that anyone else had spotted this ungenerous habit, until yesterday, when a sympathetic little voice called out: “bloody Nigella, mum?” as I was peering unhappily at some flapjacks I’d just taken out of the oven. Yes. Bloody, bloody Nigella.
With half term almost upon us, I decided that a bit of quick, batch-baking of the rock bun/flapjack variety was in order: fill those tins, stay ahead of the game and keep the whining at bay. Or at least that was the plan. I have a simple flapjack recipe, which I know almost by heart and, more significantly, the ingredients are all store cupboard staples.
Yesterday, however, in some sort of crazed, hey it’s the holidays mode, I decided that I was no longer satisfied with the tried and true and I wanted a new flapjack recipe instead. Apron on, oven fired up, I turned to my increasingly battered copy of Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. An hour or so later, when I tried to ease the cooled flapjacks out of the tin, it was clear that I was dealing with a big, flaky, flapjack fail – slicing sand into circles would have been easier. I really don’t know what went wrong. I have since compared different recipes, and all are so varied in terms of the ratio of oats to butter and golden syrup that I can’t identify what caused the fail. So having learned my lesson regarding change, I went for my default setting for culinary blame: Bloody Nigella! *
Anyway, today, normal flapjack service was resumed.
All this and I don’t even like flapjacks.
The girls do though, and the flap rubble / jack rubble, whatever, tastes very good with yoghurt, added to cereal and as a crumble topping.
* I do love her really. I can forgive the faulty flapjacks because her recipe for scones is fabulous and the Buttermilk birthday cake is central to all our birthday celebrations.