“Did you hear them say Peter Pan’s from home?” Smee whispered, fidgeting with Johnny Corkscrew.
Hook nodded. He stood for a long time lost in thought, and at last a curdling smile lit up his swarthy face. Smee had been waiting for it. “Unrip your plan, captain,” he cried eagerly.
“To return to the ship,” Hook replied slowly through his teeth, “and cook a large rich cake of a jolly thickness with green sugar on it. There can be but one room below, for there is but one chimney. The silly moles had not the sense to see that they did not need a door apiece. That shows they have no mother. We will leave the cake on the shore of the Mermaids’ Lagoon. These boys are always swimming about there, playing with the mermaids. They will find the cake and they will gobble it up, because, having no mother, they don’t know how dangerous ’tis to eat rich damp cake.” He burst into laughter, not hollow laughter now, but honest laughter. “Aha, they will die.”
Smee had listened with growing admiration.
“It’s the wickedest, prettiest policy ever I heard of!” he cried, and in their exultation they danced and sang…
– Chapter 4, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
* You can find the recipe for the cake shown in these photos here.
It’s large, rich, and very damp–and jolly thick! *
Hook’s Green Sugar
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Kiwi Fruit
- Zest from 3 Limes
Peel the kiwi fruit, & then cut the sides away from the center where the little black seeds are; you don’t want any black seeds. Put the kiwi pieces with 1 cup sugar in a food processor & pulse until combined. Spread the kiwi sugar out on a large tray & let dry for a few days.
Just before you’re ready to put the sugar on the cake, break the sugar up into chunks (it will have solidified together) & put them into the food processor. Add the lime zest & pulse until the sugar is broken up & fine.
After sprinkling the top of the cake with coconut flakes, generously put on green sugar (you may or may not use all of it). Serve anonymously to your enemies, & hope that they don’t have mothers to tell them not to eat random cakes!
* Here’s the recipe for the cake shown in the photos for this post.
* If you make the coconut cake shown, for the coconut whipped cream frosting, use rum flavoring instead of vanilla or coconut to give it that pirate flare.
* Add kiwi slices between the layers of the cake, and on the top for decoration.
“…We could tell of that cake the pirates cooked so that the boys might eat it and perish; and how they placed it in one cunning spot after another; but always Wendy snatched it from the hands of her children, so that in time it lost its succulence, and became as hard as a stone, and was used as a missile, and Hook fell over it in the dark.”
– Chapter 7, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 45: Peter Pan