Hello new readers who’ve popped over from my SBS Featured Foodie interview! I do hope you find something to tickle your fancy here. For my regular readers, I’m absolutely honoured to announce that SBS has chosen me to be their Featured Foodie for the next few weeks. (There may or may not have been dancing in the office when SBS first contacted me.) My interview is available here, if you’d like to read it. Heel-click!
Like when your legs decide they’ve walked up enough stairs, and you spend three minutes struggling to unlock your front door (even stamping your foot in frustration at one point), before realising that you’re trying to break into the apartment below yours.
Like turning and fleeing up the stairwell whilst hearing the real owners open their door from inside, clearly wondering what in crikey is going on.
Like the cold feeling of doom that hits because you’re wearing heels and making loud clip-clop noises all the way up the stairs, and your victims will definitely know that it was you trying to break in because the only other person on your floor is Mr Stinky Never Washes, and he never wears high heels. (At least not in public.)
Like going to see the devastatingly-talented Andy’s final concert for his Honours examinations, and swooning over the music he creates at the piano.
Like cheering and whooping when he receives First Class Honours, and deciding to make him a (dairy-free and gluten-free) Peanut Butter Bubble Slice in the shape of a number one to celebrate his incredible achievement.
Like trying to decorate prettily the edible peanut buttery number one with melted dark chocolate, but instead creating something that looks like it was iced by Jackson Pollock being attacked by a swarm of bees.
Like sneaking two “A”s for Andy into the dark chocolate squiggles so that you can pretend the chocolate mess was your intention all along.
Like eating enough of the leftover slice to know it was darn-tootin’-tasty regardless of its appearance, and hearing later from Andy that he absolutely loved it too.
Like friendship and deliciousness and music and happiness all rolled into One.
You’re Number One! Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Bubble Slice with Jackson Pollock Chocolate Icing
Adapted from Karina’s Kitchen
(Measurements are a bit funny because I halved Karina’s recipe; this made roughly enough to fill a 20cm [8 inch] square tin.)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tb (155g) honey (for a vegan version, use brown rice syrup)
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tsp (95g) peanut butter
- 1 tb coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups (90g) Gluten-Free Rice Bubbles
- dark chocolate, melted, to drizzle (optional) (not really) (since when is chocolate optional?) (exactly) (I win)
- Line a 20cm (8 inch) square tin with baking paper, extending the paper over two sides. Or, if you’re planning to sculpt the peanut buttery goodness into a You’re Number One-style creation, prepare two tins. One for the sculpting, one for the leftovers. But I digress.
- Place the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla extract in a large microwave-safe bowl and cook for 2 minutes on medium, stir, then cook for another 2 minutes until the mixture is starting to bubble. If needed, do another 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the oven and then stir for another 30 seconds or so until the mixture is smooth and thick (trust me, it will thicken).
- Stir in the Rice Bubbles and then pour and pat into your prepared tin, before storing in the fridge or freezer. Cut before serving.
- If you want to shape half of the mixture into a symbol representative of the awesomeness of the person for whom you’re make the deliciousness, then I say forward ho, lasses and laddies! Forward ho!
- Melt chocolate and drizzle over the finished product for additional happiness. Bonus points if you follow in my five-year-old Jackson Pollock-esque footsteps.