Last week we hosted a Christmas themed tour around our stencilled home.
After the tour, I gave a demonstration showing many festive applications of stencilling. Whilst extolling the virtues of our cappuccino stencils for applying decoration to foamy drinks, cards, gift wrap, cakes and other common usages, I was struck with sudden inspiration. "One could stencil porridge", I exclaimed. "Wouldn't that look lovely to serve bowls of piping hot porridge with snowflakes of muscavado sugar slowly melting on their surface?". A short discussion ensued amongst our visitors as to whether sugar or edible gold dust might be preferable. During our chat I noticed a guest shaking with uncontrollable mirth. She almost had tears rolling down her face. "Stencilling porridge?", she said. "I could just imagine what my husband would say if I tried to stencil his porridge!". I could too and I bet it was rude, but I couldn't really blame her for wondering what planet I came from.
Sometimes I wonder if I go a little too far. The funny thing is that my husband finds stencilled food stuff to be a normal occurance in our home. I bet she's still laughing at me. I am.
By the way, my camera batteries packed up so I was unable to show the finished result but it looked and tasted fab. Another tip for festive porridge which I got from a cook book many years ago was to serve it with double cream, a few raspberries and a nip of scotch whiskey floating on top. Just the thing for a cold winter's morning.