Evie's school let me down this week. Back in March when I picked her up on the Friday before Mother's Day Evie made it very clear, as she met me at the gates, that under no circumstances was I to look in her bag because, 'there is a surprise in there for you Mummy'. Indeed there was; on Mothering Sunday morning she came rushing in to my room to proudly present me with a gorgeous homemade lavender bag, 'It makes your drawer smell nice', along with her own original artwork card. It seems reasonable then that this week I had assumed that Evie would come home on Friday laden with homemade gifts for Father's Day. I was wrong.
It's not that I had forgotten. I just thought that Evie had it covered. I had been reminded of it on my way home from work on Wednesday when listening to a hilarious exchange between food writer Giles Coren and and a chap from a dads' internet forum. Is Daddy Pig (of Peppa Pig fame) a real representation of modern day fatherhood and a suitable role model for its audience of under-fives in comparison with modern day dads like David Beckham ? In our household we are firmly in the Daddy Pig camp along with Giles who quite rightly argued that Daddy Pig is a hero. His catchphrase, 'I am a bit of an expert at...' is regularly quoted by my husband and much to my dismay our own Daddy's favourite episode is the one where, upon attempting to translate a letter from Peppa's French penpal, Daddy Pig concludes, 'it's no good... it's nonsense.' That one is regularly quoted (jokingly) when I am speaking French in an attempt to encourage multilingualism in our daughter. But this is the point: Daddy Pig is a sweet, funny character who clearly loves his wife and children. In a day and age of so many absent fathers, he seems like a pretty good role model to me. Evie's favourite episode is the one where Daddy takes Peppa and her brother George to the office with him. They get to do Daddy's work: stamping; printing out different coloured shapes; and writing on the office whiteboard with coloured pens. I have never loved my husband more than the day he recreated this episode for Evie in his own office. She came home with the biggest smile and a clutch of paper with printed out shapes; she was in heaven.
In my opinion, Giles Coren came to the perfect conclusion in the Radio 4 debate: 'I would rather have Daddy Pig bring up my daughter than David Beckham'. Me too! The last word goes to Evie though. In reply to my question, 'What do you like most about Daddy?' she said, 'He likes being silly and I like playing with him the most.'
Our solution to no school-made Father's Day gift. It's a great recipe for kids to make; easy, and they can say they made it all (with supervision Evie even stirs the chocolate in the bain marie). More importantly, it involves messy hand fun!
Makes 12 truffles
150g. Chocolate of your choice.
50ml. Double Cream
2 tsp. Icing Sugar
Cocoa, sprinkles or chopped nuts to coat the truffles
Break up the chocolate into a mixing bowl and add the cream. Pour a couple of inches of boiling water into a saucepan that is large enough to sit the bowl in. On the hob, keep the water at just below boiling point so that it maintains a gentle heat in the bowl to melt the chocolate into the cream. Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the butter and icing sugar (it is best to sieve the icing sugar to avoid lumps). Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour. Remove from the fridge and take a teaspoon of the mixture and place it into the palm of your hands, roll it into a ball before rolling it in cocoa powder or chopped nuts. Put on to a plate. When you have made all of your truffles cover them and return them to fridge until you are ready to eat them.
Happy Father's Day! Enjoy. Vic & Evie xxx