This week, I had the pleasure of watching two West End musicals -- Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.
Mr. Dahl was my very first intellectual crush. You always remember the first time you meet your crush. It was in grade five. I was hanging in my school library when my eye caught one of his books lying on the floor. It was "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." I picked up the book purely because it had the word "chocolate" in it. I needed no further reason.
Page after page, I was hooked. When I finished, I moved on to Mr. Dahl's other books. -- The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits, Danny the Champion of the World, Esio Trot, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and The BFG. Then, I graduated to his adult fiction and non-fiction works like Lamb to the Slaughter, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Boy, Going Solo, and [insert Roald Dahls' books that were available in Thailand here]. The point is I am a HUGE fan, considering I am not at all a bookworm.
I consider Mr. Dahl my greatest English teacher. It was always fun learning from him. Later in life, I discovered that he also loved to cook, which made me love him even more. To date, the books that remain my all time favourite among Roald Dahl's collections are Revolting Recipes and Even More Revolting Recipes.
After this week's experience, I got very inspired and wanted to cook something to pay homage to him.
Cooking also requires creativity and imagination. And his recipes really bring out the kid in you. I went all out and photoshoped my food creations with lovely Quentin Blake illustrations. So half of the photo credit belongs to the talented Mr. Blake.
I had LOADS of fun doing these recipes and this post. Thank you Mr. Dahl for your inspiration and the many fun life lessons you have given us!
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” - Roald Dahl