‘Night Runs’. It’s been a while since we’ve had a post about Archie and his goings-on at boarding school.
A few weeks ago Archie said to me, ‘I really miss boarding school; I just had the best time’.
Now you have all heard me talk about the highs and the lows of Archie’s boarding school days but through every low we experienced at the time, we all knew the highs would outnumber those occasions. You would also probably understand that when I talk about ‘highs’, I’m not referring to academic highs because there is no way an academic high would have sent Archie into a euphoric high.
No, Archie’s ‘highs’ were to do with all those things that went outside the rule book and that certainly included the giant fun he had on ‘Night Runs’.
It was when he was in his junior years and foolishness and deviant opportunities outnumbered brain cells. He and his cohorts would lie in bed and wait until the Master in Charge had signed off at 11pm. This left a wide open chasm of good fortune for opportunist boys to unleash their energy but mostly, their spirit of naughtiness.
Because outside the doors of their boarding house was the ever-diligent but naiive security officer whose job it was to drive around in a very tiny Suzuki shining a torch into the darkness and making sure all resident boarders were tucked safely under their bed sheets.
After the Master in Charge had taken himself to bed the opportunist boys would leap out of their narrow single beds and slip out of the boarding house with the aim of finding this security guard and giving him a night of grief.
In armies of up to 20 boys, they would sneak through the nighttime darkness and run through the acres of bushland to find that Suzuki that was the sign of power, authority and protection for the security guard.
One night they found the security guard asleep in the driver’s seat of his small vehicle. The boys crept up to the car and strategically placed a few firecrackers under the car. As the boys crouched in the bushes awaiting the results of their efforts, it was only minutes before the crackers went off and the instant and thunderous noise woke the security guard and gave him the fright of his life. This was then a highlight of six years of boarding school events.
On other occasions the boys would stack wheelie bins across the internal roads and think this would stop the man in his small car from barreling through then but he was tenacious! He plowed through the wall of bins blasting rubbish everywhere only to see boys scattering off into the bushes and becoming camouflaged by the darkness. A chase was on but Suzuki’s aren’t too good off the beaten track.
I think the night that affected the security guard the most was when he left his vehicle to inspect an area with his trusty torch. Meanwhile, the boys surrounded his vehicle, lifted it into the air and carried it to a different location. It was with great joy that they watched the security guard return to where he thought he had left his car, only to find it had somehow vanished.
These night runs would go on for around three hours with the boys laughing hysterically and having the time of their lives. The next day they would be asleep at their desks with the teachers worried they were overloaded with homework. If only.
This hedgehog slice is wonderful as an energy boost and I’ve never heard of a boarder knocking back five or six slices.
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: I made this with a lot of leftovers and as I knew it would mostly be devoured by teenagers, I bought cheap chocolate. The slice can be made for less than $10.00.
- 400g dark chocolate
- 200g unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- 2/3 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 250g packet of Arrowroot biscuits (or other plain biscuits) broken into bits
- 300g dark chocolate
- 50g unsalted butter
Line a 20cm x 30cm slice tin with baking paper.
Place chocolate, butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water but don’t allow the water to touch the bowl. Stir over medium heat until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and add egg then raisins, walnuts and biscuits. Press into slice tin. I used my hands!
For the topping: Melt extra chocolate and remaining butter over a saucepan of simmering water but don’t allow the water to touch the bowl. Stir over medium heat until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and pour over slice. Smooth with a palette knife.
Place in fridge to set for a few hours or overnight. Cut into fingers.
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