I am often asked “but does Archie really cook?” and I always say that the question really misses the point. Having him in the kitchen is all about quality time and creative play – and more play!!
Often, when we are in the kitchen together, the roles get completely reversed, as they did earlier on this evening. We made a deliciously easy lamb chop casserole (video to follow in the morning) and found ourselves with 30 minutes to kill while it cooked in the oven.
Archie decided to make soup. Not soup like you would understand soup to be. Not even edible soup. No, Archie’s soup involves barking orders at me to “have a look in the cupboard” and produce ingredients for him to make his soup. Once all possibilities in the cupboard have been exhausted, we move to the fridge. And so it continues.
This game carried on for the whole time the casserole was in the oven, Archie calling the shots and then meticulously mixing the ingredients of his concoction. As you can see from the photos below, it was an original mix. If any of you are interested – and even want to recreate this revolutionary broth – it contained: red wine, brandy, soy sauce, Worcester Sauce, fish sauce, vegetable oil, one vegetable stock cube, cumin, paprika, oregano, caster sugar, 60% cocoa powder, conchiglie pasta, papardelle pasta, a few noodles, a handful of couscous, a handful of rice, honey (lots), golden syrup, a few grapes, one cherry tomato, a clove of garlic, a small off-cut of fresh ginger, a small off-cut of onion – and, of course, a squirt of tomato purée.
Irresistible – as the photos below show!!