If anyone watched BBC2’s The Delicious Miss Dahl will have no doubt been driven into rage by the number of times the word Melancholy was used. Yes it was the title of tonight’s episode, but really, it was a little excessive to say the least. For those of you who didn’t watch it here’s the link so that you too can get into the same pain that I was in, I know I could have changed the channel but I did get quite hooked at when she would say melancholy next. The blurb below is a synopsis of the episode for those of you who can’t watch the episode.
The Delicious Miss Dahl, Melancholy
It’s a melancholic day and there’s no getting away from it. The only option is to feed this melodramatic emotion with dishes that could cheer up Eeyore. Starting with bubble and squeak cakes served with red onion gravy and a languid fried egg, the joyous indulgence begins.
Next, Sophie locks herself away in the shed at the end of the garden and, while reading hopeless poetry, she treats herself to the perfect chocolate sauce poured over ice cream. But her soul craves the curative power of chicken soup and this brings her back to the kitchen for her own luxurious version and a soothing cardamom rice pudding with spiced plums.
After this indulgent menu, it’s time to get outside and engage with the world again. Sophie recommends food shopping for the liveliest colours and flavours that can be found, after which she returns to create a spicy tom kha soup, which awakens the senses and inspires her to open the curtains and let the sunshine back in.
Watch her waffle here