We got back from a five-day family Christmas last night, happy but fat, with a car full of presents and hand-me-down clothes and, less happily, one car with a broken window and one with a shredded tyre.
After his bath I said to a warm, snuggled-in-a-towel Bert, ‘I’m so proud of how you were over Christmas; really friendly and polite.’
He thought for a beat or two.
‘And very funny,’ he said.
50ml double cream
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 slices brown bread, crusts removed
Knob of butter
Berries and honey to serve
Whisk the egg, milk and spices together, then soak the bread in it for a couple of minutes each side. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry for a couple of minutes on each side (hot and quick, like you’d cook eggs) till golden brown and firm and springy to the touch.