This year most of the Cheadle family was sick for Fathers Day. Mr Fox, Mrs Fox and the two small Foxes all succumbed to various bugs. Fortunately, my parents have proved to be resilient thus far and are not sick. I pray it stays that way as it worries me to death when my mom is ill as she just goes from okay to extremely sick in one foul swoop.
Mr Fox has very bad sinus and I have something called the Rhino virus.
I haven’t grown a horn or two but have just developed a death rattle cough which gradually turned itself into a chest infection as I ran around waiting on my three man babies over the course of the long weekend. So here I am on cortisone and an antibiotic SIGH!
Mini-Me (aka Gregory) had a very bad cold virus that turned to bronchitis on Friday. He is also on an antibiotic.
As for Mini-T (aka Michael), he is really sick with flu. His oxygen intake is at 70% of his normal which is below average. He has been drooping on the couch in the living room all weekend, coughing his lungs out with a red, puffy face.
Father’s Day could not, however, pass by completely unnoticed. So I thought up a cake that would not require to much effort from me – strawberry cream shortcake. I didn’t have any strawberries though so it evolved into a [very expensive and imported from Spain] cheery cream short cake.
It came out really well and, despite their ailments, Mr Fox and Mini-Me managed to tuck in and eat a slice. Mini-T and I just didn’t quite feel well enough to partake of the feast. I did take some cake down to my parents cottage so that my parents, my sister and her husband and my aunt could also enjoy the outcome of my innovative “sick day” baking.
The cherry cream shortbread cake looked delightful and everyone who could eat it enjoyed it.
If you look carefully at this picture you will see two different kinds of cream. My effort saving double thick cream from a pot didn’t quite work out as planned so I ended up having to whip cream any way [I also had to wipe up the double thick cream that had run all over the plate and onto the floor with a cloth – such is life and actually quite funny].
My shortbread recipe can be found in Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook. If you don’t happen to have that to hand, you can watch the video on how to make it below:
Wishing you all a good week filled with good health and cheer!
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town (coming soon)