Strange things can happen at night. I'm sure that they can happen during the day but there is something about the cover of darkness that gives things that extraordinary layer of excitement. Although I'm not a big drinker it's usually at night that people do get up to their most playful hijinks and this is often fuelled by drinking games. Mr NQN told me of his colleague who had found a new drinking game-one involving wizards in fact called the "Wizest Wizard".
The rules are simple, and according to Urban Dictionary the requirements are "At least two participants (you can play by yourself but then you are an alcoholic)" and also require one roll of duct tape, cans of beer, shot glasses and hard alcohol. I didn't get too far into the specifics but apparently you dress up as a wizard which nets you bonus points and then you drink as much beer as you can and then duct tape the tins together to form a wizarding staff. Mr NQN's colleague also lives on a street with an abandoned house which is dubbed "the haunted house" on the street and it apparently has trees growing out of the window (I did ask to see a pic of this and thought that it might be good location for this year's Halloween party).
So outfitted in their wizard hats, costumes and carrying their makeshift beer can staffs, the group of wizards buoyed by alcohol decided that they would pay a visit to the Haunted House. They trudged down the street and made their way to the haunted house. They stopped-there was a light on in the top bedroom which was unusual as there was never any lights on. Mr NQN's colleague decided that he was brave enough to investigate so he walked around the side of the house and found something quite unexpected...
There was a group of people toasting marshmallows in the back garden. Frightening the wits out of each other he screamed, they screamed and he ran as fast as his costumed legs could carry him without tripping in a long dress. "Get out of here!!!" he roared at his friends who picked up their skirts and beer can staffs and ran the entire way home their canned staff clanking against the pavement as they went.
The wizarding drinking game was never the same after that.
Well onto something I occasionally do at night quite sober: bake. I usually like baking during the day-the light is better for photos and I have a little routine where I put on music and bake. But I remembered the beautiful strawberries that I had bought a couple of days ago in the fridge and I knew that they wouldn't last another two days which is when my next baking experiment would be. But I was seeing my friend Elly and I know that she loves sweets and I loathe to turn up anywhere empty handed.
They were an impromptu recipe made up of a elements from a few different recipes. The tart shell was based on a sweet tart pastry recipe by Annabel Langbein which was so short and buttery it was almost like a melting moment cookie. The chocolate salted caramel filling was based on one of the elements of the Quay eight texture chocolate tart-feel free to make a regular chocolate ganache but I do love the extra element of the salted caramel to it. I filled these with the ganache late at night and topped them with the strawberries the next morning. These are one of those pushy recipes that I urge you to make. I promise that people will ask you which patisserie you bought them from because they are that lusciously good. And if you are having difficulty locating beautiful strawberries just use a bit of gold leaf or a few grains of salt to decorate.
So tell me Dear Reader, are you a day or night person? And what time do you typically go to bed and wake up? And do you enjoy drinking games?