This week my wonderful friend Helen came to stay. We had a lovely time together talking about all kinds of things, watching excellent TV, visiting the National Rail Museum with the children and eating lots of food together. She is a fellow ramekin enthusiast, and made the most fantastic chocolate souffles for our pudding on Wednesday evening, making use of these charming specimens of earthenware! Once I'd finished enthusing about her culinary abilities, we began devising a list of further uses for a ramekin (not that their place in my kitchen requires any justification) for the benefit of anyone who is yet to be converted. I hereby present you with our ideas: Ten Uses for a Ramekin!
1. Baking chocolate souffles and other miniature desserts.
2. Serving cat food.
3. Serving baby food (preferably not in the same ramekin from which the cat has just finished eating).
4. Removing odours from your fridge by filling a ramekin with bicarbonate of soda (thank you Simone!).
5. Serving smarties at parties (or peanuts, which doesn't rhyme but is pleasingly alliterative).
6. Storing small items which would otherwise go astray, eg pins (should you regrettably find yourself short of a pincushion).
7. Using as a scone, doughnut or cookie cutter.
8. Presenting hummus and other dips in an attractive manner. Indeed, a ramekin can enhance chutney, jam, marmalade, butter and many other foods besides.
9. Accommodating a candle or tea light, thus preventing wax drips on furniture.
10. Storing used stamps to send to charity (Google "used stamps charity" for ideas).
Please share your ideas too, as I'm always delighted to discover a new use for a ramekin! Have a lovely weekend!