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  Your Head of House gives you a very stern look from the other side of her desk and you clamp your mouth shut. Come to think of it, she probably wouldn’t appreciate the passionate speech you’ve been dreaming up about how charming all of the Professors' hats to flash different colours was a wonderful demonstration of school pride. Best to keep shtum.

“It seems a shame,” she says at last, “To let your obvious high spirits and verve go to waste.”

  You blink and try not to let your mouth hang open.

“Far better to let you put it to good use,” she decides, “You may spend the day helping the hard-working people putting together tonight’s Winter Feast.” You can’t help it that time, your jaw hits the floor. “Don’t think you’re getting off lightly,” she snaps, “You’ll be working hard, I can guarantee.”

“Yes Professor, no Professor,” you gabble when she glowers at you again.

  She turns away and goes back to the parchment she’d been reading when you scurried in.

“You can begin in the kitchens.” Still a little astounded at the direction your day has just taken, you hurry out.

  The kitchen is awash with movement and agitated squeaking. A huge frying pan whizzes past you, close enough for you to feel the waft of heat. A platter of peaches scuttles in the opposite direction, narrowly avoiding a plate of jam tarts. You accost a very harassed-looking house elf and she directs you over to the fireplace where the elf in charge is trying to manage the chaos.

“Well, think of something!” he shrieks, his ears flapping almost as wildly as his arms. Tentatively, you ask what’s wrong and if you can be of any help. Privately, you’re hoping he’ll tell you to get out.

  He looks at you in blank disbelief, then recollects himself and bobs a quick bow.

“What’s wrong?” he carries on in the same frantic tone, “Someone miscounted. We only have 39 new kinds of dessert instead of 40. 39!”

“Oh dear…”

“Whatever are we to do? There just isn’t time…”

“Couldn’t you…just look in a recipe book?”

  The house elf looks as though he might keel over backward. Somehow, he manages to explain in a very calm tone that the day has been planned down to the last second. Every single elf has duties that must be performed to the letter if the feast is to arrive on the golden plates on time. He can’t spare even one to go searching for and making another batch of dessert. With resignation, you roll up your sleeves and ask for an apron.

 

   You’ve guessed it. Time to put your culinary creativity to the test! Please design a magical dessert for the feast. It can be as weird and wonderful as you like providing its spectacular: after all, this is a party.

 

   You can draw or describe your creation. If you choose to produce a graphic, please include a short written explanation of what your image shows. Alternatively, if you choose to represent your dessert with words, please make sure your description is at least 100 words long.

 

  Submit your desserts to skyalton856@gmail.com along with your choice of either A or B. Remember, I can’t give you the password to your next location until you complete the task and pick a letter.

 

 So, A or B, where’s it to be?

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Name of dessert is Winged Surprise

 

Basically, start out with lots and lots of fruit. What is available?

Let's see ... there are bananas and cherries and apples and kumquat and pineapple and strawberries and oh, yes, blueberries.  I also see star fruit and other things. So, skin and chop and peel and take off stems and cut everything into mouth size pieces.  Put all of this into a large pewter bowl.  Make sure the bowl is very large, because you're going to be mixing stuff in there.

 

Then - get some cream (thick cream, the kind that stands up on its own almost) and pour it into the bowl. With a large wooden spoon mix the cream into the fruit until all pieces are covered. Do not put so much cream in that it is liquid-y but just enough that perhaps the tiniest pool is at the bottom of the pewter bowl.  Put into a very cold place, like a fridge.

 

Then -- no, we're not done yet! Then, get some raisins and soak them in firewhiskey for 5 minutes. Pull out the fruit Winged Surprise dish and it should be chilled on the bowl itself.

 

Drain the firewhiskey into a glass (for later to drink) and sprinkle the raisins on top of the mixed fruit.  Set it alight and take, in triumph, to the dining table to be devoured.  The firewhiskey soaked raisins is just enough to have the fire last until you get it to the table. (If you hadn't soaked it long enough that the fire lasted for the required amount of time, next time just soak the raisins longer.)  Either way, the raisins will add a piquant taste to the rest of the fruit salad.

 

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That sounds delicious


 

I begin to prepare a delicious treat called Strawberry Pretzel Salad. The 'salad' is three-layer that includes a pretzel crust, cream cheese center, and a strawberry topping. You could the thin crust made of pretzel on the bottom. The middle seems to be made of cream cheese and whipping topping. It would take up most of the salad. Finally on top would be a gelatin filled with delicious strawberries. The recipe only takes 2 hour to make and its very delicious. A quick and simple recipe for the holidays with family. I wonder if possible to create other flavors with this, but decide not to push my limits. 

 

Adventure choose: B

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