I love Sophie Dahl, as everyone who knows me will attest. I already liked her as the granddaugher of Roald Dahl and as a Vogue model, but I think I like her best as a cook.
I wish the BBC had let her keep doing her cookery programme, it was amazing and depicted the emotional states around cooking your favourite foods, as well as featuring poetry appropriate to what she was cooking. Personally, I quite liked this one by Wendy Cope:
After the Lunch
On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes,
r conditions bring tears to my eyes.
m away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I've fallen in love.
On Waterloo Bridge I am trying to think:
This is nothing. you're high on
juke-box inside me is playing a song
That says something different. And when was it wrong?
On Waterloo Bridge with
wind in my hair
I am tempted to skip. You're a fool. I don't care.
head does its best but
I admit it before I am halfway across.
Anyway, back to the point - Sophie has come back into my life quite unexpectedly of late. She had another programme on BBC recently about Mrs Beeton and her Book of Household Management, which was really quite interesting - thank goodness Elizabeth David brought Italian food to Britain, because some of that Victorian stuff looked pretty grim. Then we had a fun day at work, and I made some cakes for it - and realised that both the recipes were Sophie's. Technically, they're not both cakes, either - one was fudge. Peanut butter fudge, to be precise. you can find the recipe
, it's very, very easy. The other was banana bread, which is utterly delicious and probably my most-requested recipe, but it's only in her cookbook (definitely worth buying, anyway - there are lots of great recipes in it).
Another you could try from the online selection, though, is this incredibly easy
, or even her
. I started making her recipes when I first started cooking a lot, and they are (mercifully) very difficult to mess up. I'm quite sad that she's been replaced (so Tom told me - I believe they can co-exist peacefully) by another former model, Lorraine Pascale. Tom's mum made her
, which admittedly is delicious, and would be quite delicious with some pumpkin or butternut squash soup.
Speaking of which, it's properly autumn now. Time to go window-shopping for coats, eat cinnamon pretzels and clementines, and of course lots of nice crunchy things in reminiscence of the crunchy leaves outside. I think my contribution to that might be these apple, peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches - yum. More on autumn, and especially Hallowe'en, soon!