You’ve all heard me say that Alfie asks a lot of questions. I do tire of his questions and often say, ‘That’s your quota; no more questions until tomorrow’. Because although I love how he has a thirst for knowledge, sometimes I just need a rest from the brain strain that’s caused by a barrage of questions.
One day last week I picked Alfie up from school and on the way home, question-time set in. He asked me, ‘What’s the difference between DNA and genes?’
I had no idea. ‘Oh…you’ll have to google that’.
But undeterred he kept going. ‘Do you study atoms in biology, chemistry or physics?’
Absolutely no clue. ‘Uhm, I’m not sure. Your teachers at school could probably tell you’.
‘Why does a spectrum have all the colours of the rainbow?’
Seriously? ‘Oh, that’s a good question. I’m not sure but a spectrum is very pretty. I’m sure you can find the answer on google’.
And Alfie looked all sad. He sighed and said, ‘I wish I had parents who were really smart and who knew things’.
So there you have it. Our eight-year old sees us as a disappointment.
Except when it comes to these spiders. I made them for a Halloween party I was invited to. While I was disappointed that I couldn’t get the body and head of the spider to mould into the shape that would have been more authentic, Alfie loved these and was enormously impressed. His reaction certainly made up for how he responded to my answer to his DNA/genes/atoms/spectrum questions.
Chocolate Red Back Spiders
Degree of Difficulty: 1/5
Cost: This will depend on the quality of chocolate you purchase. I used 70% Lindt chocolate however there are cheaper options.
- 200gms dark chocolate
- 2 tbspns crunchy peanut butter
- 100gm packet Changs dried noodles
- licorice straps to make spider legs, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) long pieces and cut into thin straps
- pearl candy beads for eyes
- red icing to decorate the spider’s back
Break up chocolate into small pieces.
Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. Add chocolate and peanut butter to bowl and stir until melted.
Remove from heat and add dried noodles. Stir until fully combined.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Take two tablespoons and scoop a tablespoon of mixture onto one spoon then use the other spoon to shape into a rounded shape. Place on baking paper.
Take licorice pieces and stick into sides of ‘spider’. Take two pearl candy beads and stick into spiders for eyes.
Use a piping bag to pipe red icing along length of back.
Place spiders in the fridge until ready to serve.
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