Midnight snacks

Midnight snacks

By
Sarah Coates
Contains
12 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743790403
Photographer
Chris Middleton

The first rule of midnight snacks is, you don’t talk about midnight snacks. And that’s the second rule as well. So I’m really going out on a limb to share these with you. That should demonstrate how important the art of the midnight snack is to me. In fact, I would make a great vampire, because I am more than happy to do all my feasting in the dead of night.

Like a vampire, you don’t want to leave any evidence behind when you’re midnight snackin’. The whole point of this operation is that only the people involved have any knowledge that it occurred, and even they might wake up thinking it was all just a glorious dream.

Midnight snacks are for after everyone else has left the party, and it’s only you and your closest friends and confidants left. They’re what you make when insomnia strikes and, instead of tossing and turning, you choose to embrace the dark of night and throw caution to the wind. They’re completely unnecessary, and that’s what makes them so fun.

There should be an element of Alice in Wonderland in every midnight meal – a stack of pancakes swelled to gigantic proportions, a savoury-looking jaffle filled with molten chocolate brownie, or a giant crispy cube of buttery toast, overflowing with ice cream, berries and maple syrup.

This chapter is about straight-up rule-breaking. If you’re a three-meals-a-day stickler, then I’m afraid this just won’t be for you. But if you’re up for a little carpe diem-ing in the kitchen (or carpe noctem-ing, technically), then please follow me. Prepare yourself to fall down the rabbit hole, climb up the Faraway Tree, and have a tea party on the ceiling. Just don’t forget rule number one.

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