Nicholas (Now 12! Happy Birthday!): Just like I asked for!
Maureen: Your wish is my command. Well, not really, but it’s a nice thing to say. It makes me feel like Aladdin. This is yet another recipe from a cookbook I already have. This is a Nigella Lawson recipe from her “How to be a Domestic Goddess” cookbook, which I’ve loved for years, though I can’t remember if I’ve ever made this particular cake.
[Quiet descends over the table as everyone is too busy enjoying their cake to talk.]
Nicholas: This is delicious.
Andrew (15): I read something recently that decoded various British sayings. “Not bad,” means OK. “Not too bad,” means good. “Not too bad at all,” means it’s AMAZING.
Maureen: Which one is it then?
Andrew: Not too bad at all.
Maureen: Agreed. It’s like a cross between a brownie and a cake, and it works. I don’t even care that it has completely collapsed in the middle. It’s supposed to, apparently. Some people have even taken to calling this, “Ugly Chocolate Cake.” I can see what they mean. Should I make this again?
All: YES PLEASE!