I was out the other night and someone I hadn't seen for a long time said to me, apropos of something else, 'it's lucky you're not a proper journalist because...'. Reader, I was mortally wounded.
I was also slightly lost for words, but I realised afterwards I could have come back with a whole lot of reasons of why I AM still a proper journalist. At the time though, I could only think of this one: that I can still eavesdrop on a conversation across the other side of the room while staying engaged in the one I'm having. That's a proper journalist skill, that is. Trust me. You don't spend ages listening to the police scanner while being shouted at by the chief reporter and keeping abreast of office gossip for nothing, you know.
Anyway, because I'm not a 'proper journalist' any more I now have to practice this skill at things like kids' birthday parties - which is where I picked up the first part of this recipe. Two women across the party table were discussing rice bubble cake and I heard the other one say, 'no, no, you should do it with 50g of butter and a packet of marshmallows'. Then the conversation I was in got interesting again and I tuned the rice bubble ladies out. Still, it was enough. All you need is a lead, after all.
I urge you to suspend your disbelief for a minute and try these - they are absolutely addictive. Trust me, I had to leave the house to stop myself eating the whole batch this morning (it's been that kind of week). This makes 12 mini nests, but if you want to make more I suggest making up a new batch rather than doubling the recipe as the mixture starts to set quite quickly. If you have a silicon mini muffin tin, now is the time to use it.
125g marshmallows - the little ones melt faster, but the big ones are fine to use
25g unsalted butter
2 cups rice bubbles
about 36 mini marshmallows, for decorating
Put the butter and marshmallows in a medium saucepan and set over low heat. Stir frequently until the marshmallows are melted and the whole thing is a spooky looking mess. Remove from heat, then tip in the rice bubbles and stir until well combined.
Divide the mixture between the 12 holes of a mini muffin tin (or a small tartlet tin), then, using your fingers and a wet spoon, hollow out the middle to make a nest shape.
Let cool and set (about 10 minutes), then remove the nests from the tin and arrange a few mini marshmallows in each nest. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (but not the fridge, they get too sticky).
Have a great weekend, everyone x