It’s been a trying week. I’ve had Alfie home with acute asthma. On the plus side, we didn’t end up in hospital like we have on so many previous occasions. But I did have to give him steroids and he did need many doses of ventolin and ventolin is good for the lungs but bad for the behaviour.
With so much stimulant on board I had a week of him climbing walls and bouncing on furniture and talking non-stop and being disobedient and making noise and being demanding. AND BEING DEMANDING. And the days were long and he was bored most of the time so we needed some projects to fill his days.
We did cooking together (nothing worth showing you) from his Cooking with Kids cookbook. We made macaroons and chocolate frogs in jelly cups and lemonade jellies. And he loved the cooking but what he really wanted to do was go to the mall.
By Thursday the persistent nagging had worn me down so we went to the dreaded mall where I bought him new clothes that he thought were nice but what he really wanted was some Play Station games. ’We don’t have enough money for those games, Alfie’.
‘But I brought my pocket money’.
‘How much do you have?’
‘Twenty-two dollars and fifteen cents’.
‘That won’t be enough Alfie. Not enough for even one game’.
‘But we could just see. They might be cheap’.
‘They’re not cheap Alfie, they’re a rip-off’.
‘But not in Target. Everything’s cheap in Target, mum. That’s what it says on the ads’. Talk about being sucked in by slick advertising. So we went to Target. Target doesn’t even sell the games needed for our Play Station. The shock was enough for Alfie to need another dose of stimulant and off he went, spiraling into orbit. He wouldn’t stop going on about the Play Station games and how they must have them in other shops and how they may not be really expensive and ‘Can we just go there, mum?’
Worn down, I said I’d take him to the department store to prove the price. That would shut him up I thought. But after we’d climbed the escalators to the top level where they hide all these ‘necessities’ I found not only did the store stock Play Station games, they had them reduced. Reduced from $75.00 to a sticker price of $9.95. I couldn’t prove anything to Alfie besides he was right and I was wrong.
Alfie pulled out his little plastic zip lock bag with his precious $22.15 and took it to the counter with two games, the Matrix and Cars. He handed everything to the man behind the counter who advised me there had been an enormous error. The games were not on special and should not have been marked down in price. I stood there stunned. Alfie had no idea what was going on. The man phoned his supervisor and a discussion ensued and when he hung up the phone he advised that although the games had been marked with a greatly reduced and incorrect price, they would honour the marked-down price. Alfie was overjoyed. I looked forward to going home with some games that would absorb his focus and attention and hopefully allow me some precious uninterrupted moments in another room in the house.
But we came home and found the packets were empty. The man hadn’t put the discs into the cases.
Yes, Alfie scored an unbelievable bargain (as long as I drive back to the mall and ask for the missing discs). And that’s a job for tomorrow.
In the meantime, I’ve hired him some DVD’s and that has given me time to make this baked cheesecake. It is probably the best tasting cheesecake I have ever made but it does require quite a bit of time and it does need to be made the day before required.
Rhubarb and Orange Baked Cheesecake
Degree of Difficulty: 4/5 It’s not that hard to make, it’s just time consuming
Cost: It cost me around $25.00 to make this dessert
- 725g rhubarb stems, cut into 5cm pieces (I had to buy 2 bunches)
- Finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 500g caster sugar, plus 1 tbs extra
- 80g unsalted butter, melted
- 200g digestive biscuits, crushed
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 1kg cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
- 3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
- 400g sour cream
- 2 tsp lemon juice