Calling all Roald Dahl fans!

I am a huge fan of the Roald Dahl books, they bring back some great memories for me of my childhood and I love reading them to the boys on a night for bedtime. Reuben finds the BFG especially funny, you can guess what tickles him the most I’m sure!

When I came across this fantastic book I knew I had to have it, not only is it packed with fun recipes but it is also illustrated by Quentin Blake who illustrated the original books!

As you can tell from the picture, we made Snozzcumbers (incidentally this was for Roald Dahl day, but I would give this a go any time of year, it’s too fun not to!). The book has a host of recipes that will fit your needs whether you are looking for sweets and snacks or a full blown family meal. I would especially recommend the strawberry flavoured chocolate coated fudge for a holiday treat, or maybe even a gift for grandparents?

I thought I’d show you how easy it was to make the Snozzcumbers with your children, and how much fun it was! By the way, this is also a great first finger food for little ones and Toby throughly enjoyed the soothing cucumber on his gums.

Recipe (serves 8)

  • 2 Large cucumbers
  • 4 oz (100g) of tinned tuna
  • 1-2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 cocktail gherkins, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps mayonnaise
  • 1 dsp poppy seeds

For the coating you need:

  • a little extra mayonnaise
  • savoury popcorn (not if you are giving it to weaning babies)
  • extra poppy seeds

So to start with, I peeled the cucumbers and cut little grooves along the length and the odd little spot where the popcorn was going to nestle. Then you need to cut the cucumber in half and hollow it out. I found it easier to do this bit myself as Roo is still really heavy handed with tools and I didn’t want him to cut himself.

Mixing the tuna, mayonnaise, tomatoes, poppy seeds and gherkins.

Mixing the tuna, mayonnaise, tomatoes, poppy seeds and gherkins.

While we mixed the drained tin of tuna, mayonnaise, gherkins and poppy seeds together I put the cucumbers in a glass, open end down, just so they could drain off a bit and that way the end result is a bit less messy.

If your kitchen helper insists on eating the filling, you may want to shorten the cucumbers!

If your kitchen helper insists on eating the filling, you may want to shorten the cucumbers!

Once this was down we took a teaspoon and filled the hollow cucumbers with our mixture… well, we tried but we did have to shorten one cucumber as, as you can see from the picture, someone was hell bent on eating the filling!

Then for the decorating! Paint a bit of mayonnaise in the grooves and dents you made earlier and sprinkle on the remaining poppy seeds and dot about the popcorn seeds as you like!

Reuben didn't feel like sitting down before he tucked in!

Reuben didn’t feel like sitting down before he tucked in!

VoilĂ ! Snack time (or light lunch) is served!

Harriet x

P.s – You can buy the Roald Dahl recipe book here at amazon, it is definitely something you should have if you are a fan, or even if you just want create, fun cooking ideas for you and the kids.

Is this something you would do with your little ones? Do you have the book and you have another recipe you prefer? Please get in touch and let me know, I love to hear from you!

 

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