Once Upon A Plate…

by Tefal Team on 28 February 2018
  • Whether you were more into Enid Blyton or Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl or JK Rowling, CS Lewis or Lewis Carroll, the stories we loved as children stay with us forever, and that’s why World Book Day is such a wonderful occasion.

    March 1st will see an army of Harry Potters, Alices and Willy Wonkas descend on the nation’s classrooms for the day as children go to school dressed as their favourite fictional characters.

    World Book Day is a really great way to bring little ones’ most-loved books to life, so why not extend the magic by cooking them a special storybook-themed tea to come home to?

  • We all remember the never-ending hard-boiled eggs and lashings of ginger beer that the Famous Five grew up on, but we think you can do a whole lot better than that.

  • Winnie the Pooh's favourite chicken

    Winnie the Pooh was rarely without his face in a tub of honey, or hunny, as he spelt it. He also never wore trousers, but we won’t dwell on that. Instead, we shall ponder whether this is where the spelling of ‘hun’ as in ‘u ok hun?’ comes from. It must be.

    If you’ve got a little one with a similarly sweet tooth but don’t want them to reach the stage where they can no longer wear trousers either, incorporate some honey in an otherwise savoury dish for your World Book Day teatime spread.

  • Mom on Timeout’s honey barbecue chicken strips are an excellent option, combining sticky sweet honey with spices and barbecue sauce to create a seriously tasty glaze. Serve with some carrot and cucumber sticks for a fun snack and some added goodness – we bet Pooh wishes he’d thought of this, then he never would have got stuck in Rabbit’s doorway.

  • Famous Five hard-boiled eggs: Upgraded

    The Famous Five sure did eat a lot of eggs. While they probably did need a lot of protein with all that cycling through the countryside they did, their picnic pack-ups must have ponged.

    You can update the gang’s favourite picnic snack for the 21st century with these falafel-inspired veggie scotch eggs from Feeding Boys.

  • Not only do they taste absolutely scrumptious, but they smell gorgeous too, and all those herbs will mask that hard-boiled egg stench if you’re taking them out with you – if only Julian, George, Anne, Dick and Timmy had thought of this trick.

  • Paddington Bear-inspired marmalade sandwich cake

    Fictional bears love sweet spreads. While Winnie the Pooh couldn’t get enough of his beloved hunny, Paddington Bear – who was much more appropriately attired in his smart duffle coat and hat – was never too far away from a marmalade sandwich.

    Of course, spreading marmalade onto a few slices of bread and cutting it diagonally – because it’s a well-known fact that triangle sandwiches taste better – is an easy extra treat to add to your World Book Day spread.

  • But if you want something extra special for a big Paddington fan, this marmalade sandwich cake from Anne’s Kitchen is a delicious treat. Leave off the whisky marmalade if you’re making this for children and just go for the traditional kind instead – it’ll be just as sticky and sweet and scrummy.

  • Queen of Hearts jammy biscuits

    After the Queen of Hearts made some tarts and had them stolen in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we propose that you avoid this highly coveted snack on your World Book Day tea table to reduce the risk of theft. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on jammy treats.

  • Jam in pastry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t go wrong with a jammy biscuit. These homemade jammy dodger-style biccies from Baking with Granny are really fun and simple to make after school ready for teatime and you can still get creative with heart motifs.

    As there’s no rhyme about jammy dodgers being stolen, we think you should be a lot safer with these.

  • I spy plum pie…

    If you’re struggling for a last-minute fancy dress idea for your little one, there’s bound to be a character in Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s Each Peach Pear Plum that they can go as. It features pretty much every nursery rhyme and fairytale character you can think of, so there’s plenty of outfit inspiration in there.

  • It also ends with *spoiler alert* a lovely scene where all of the characters sit around in the sun together to enjoy a plum pie. While we can’t guarantee the sunshine in early March, and we also have a lot of questions about how that one pie managed to feed everyone from the Three Bears to Robin Hood and from Cinderella to old Mother Hubbard, who was famously famished, we can point you in the direction of a recipe to make your own perfect plum pie to enjoy with your loved ones thanks to MsMarmiteLover.

  • Magical Butterbeer cupcakes

    We couldn’t let a children’s book-themed post go by without including a Harry Potter-inspired creation. These Butterbeer-inspired cupcakes from What Charlotte Baked are gorgeously butterscotchy (our new favourite adjective) with a hidden gooey toffee middle.

  • Don’t tell the kids there’s a surprise centre and they’ll really feel like they’re eating something magical.

    The possibilities are endless when it comes to thinking up ideas for a World Book Day-themed tea and there are so many dishes we’ve had to miss out, like the seed cake enjoyed by Jane Eyre and the sausage and chips Sophie and her family have to eat in a cafe after a tiger comes to tea in their house. And remember, it’s always someone’s unbirthday, so there’s always a reason for cake.

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