Today brings the end of another milestone for the nipper. No more walks up to the local church where she has been going to a little nursery school for the past 18 months. In September, it is official 'Big Girl's School' when she starts the 'proper' state nursery. I get pretty sad and nostalgic about these types of milestones as time just seems to fly by, but Cerys just laughs and buzzes on looking forward to the next challenge. What a girl.
To celebrate the beginning of 'Big Girl' time, we got our hands dirty in the kitchen to make a cracking sweet of all sweets for kid's parties and the like - Rocky Road. This thing is the creation from hell if you are on a diet: chocolate, butter, honey, syrup, sweets, anything really. I've no idea where the idea came from but it is a winner with the kids and adults alike.
It is one of those recipes where there really is no recipe, if that makes any sense at all. As long as you have chocolate and butter to make a large slab to paste all kinds of lovely things into, it will work. But the idea is to make it as 'rocky' as possible. So into mine went a little home made honeycomb, that thing that belongs in the chemistry lab as it explodes out of the pan. A few handfuls of jelly tots, dried fruit and marshmallows, and a load of crushed ginger biscuits clags it all together quite nicely, thank you very much. This is DIY food. Fun food that gets your kids involved, food that gets you all happy in the kitchen.
It now sits in the fridge awaiting the arrival of big girl. And if it goes as fast as the past 18 months seem to have, we may have to reach for the diet book after all. Enjoy it while it lasts and keep having fun, the very key of the rocky road of life.
Makes one large slab
100g milk chocolate
100g plain chocolate
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
20 ginger biscuits, crushed
A few handfuls of marshmallows
A bag of jelly tots
A couple of handfuls of dried fruit such as cherries and apricots, roughly chopped
A couple of handfuls of honeycomb or Maltesers, broken up
1 - To make some honeycomb, put a couple of tablespoons each of caster sugar and honey into a pan. Bring to the boil then simmer until beginning to caramelise. Quickly stir in a tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda and as it fizzes up, pour onto a plate or tray lined with greaseproof paper. Leave to dry.
2 - To make the Rocky Road, melt the chocolate and butter in a pan then stir in the cocoa powder and honey. Leave to cool a little before stirring in the remaining ingredients, leaving a few of the tots, mallows and dried fruit to decorate the top.
3 - Pour into a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Decorate the top in any order you wish then leave in the fridge to set.
4 - Cut into cubes and dig into that Rocky Road.