TheScotsman and I have just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. It was the first time we were together on the day, in the last six years. On our second anniversary, our last one together, I made gooey chocolate puddings from How to Eat by Nigella Lawson; which he absolutely adored and still does.
So it seemed only fitting to do the same this year. Sure, we could have gotten dolled up, eaten somewhere fancy, but we both just wanted to stay in, take our time, be ourselves, in our favourite cosy clothes that are anything but attractive. We put the kids to bed, lit some candles and ate a simple baked fish meal, drank some lovely wine and talked, uninterrupted by calls of “Mamaaaaaaaa” or “Daaaaaaady” in the middle of the conversation.
It was a quiet celebration of our life together, in our home. Somehow that was more romantic, than a five course meal in the midst of bustle and strangers.
I have made the gooey chocolate puddings loads of times, and thought I would try the Chocohotopots recipe out of Feast for a change. I can’t say its all that different, but both are still, indulgent and delicious. This is spoon licking worthy stuff…or finger-swiping-licking yumminess. I make the batter well in advance and leave it lying around till I am ready to bake it. If the butter cools and thickens it too much, a cautious medium-heat blast in the microwave brings it back to the right texture. Decant it into waiting buttered ramekins and bake. In 15 minutes (more or less depending on the size of your ramekins), the smell of warm chocolate will be wafting through your house and you will have the gooeiest, chocolatiest pudding, there ever was. In nice, neat little bowls. Cold, cold cream is my accompaniment of choice, while TheScotsman prefers ice-cream . I won’t argue either way.
I just managed to get a shot of the inside of the pudding, before TheScotsman’s patience ran out. Really, can it get better than this? A firm, dark, cracked exterior, hiding a molten, decadent, smooth, soft heart………..irresistible. Perfect for the occasion.