If your like me you like a practical joke, I’m good at delivering them and also seem to be the victim of them too. It’s all in good fun.
A few years ago Rangemaster ran an April Fool. Some graphics were made up of a Rangemaster with a ‘hover feature’, a bit like a Flymo, the benefit being that you could press a button and the Rangemaster would lift up for ease of cleaning underneath. Rangemaster has some great cutting edge technology in their cookers, style and design for the kitchen, but a hover function was a little step too far!
In 1957 the BBC ran an April Fool about spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland on Panorama. Spaghetti was not widely eaten in the UK at that time so consumer knowledge of how to make it was low. Burger King in the USA once ran a press add saying they had developed a left-handed Whopper burger with the lettuce and tomato the other way round, it’s reported the 180 degree burger was highly sought after that day with some customers asking for the ‘original right hand version’. In 2002 Tesco published an advert for ‘Whistling Carrots’ saying the were genetically modified to have little holes in them. On a more cut-throat level in 1996 Virgin Cola stated their cans of cola would react with the metal in the can when it was out of date and turn the can blue, I’m sure Pepsi was not too amused by this one!
However, just as one had to plan ahead to think of an April Fool joke, you also have to make a fool ahead.
Are you playing an April fool on anyone? Do let me know, but do remember the deadline at noon, otherwise its you who’s the fool!
500g blueberries, fresh or defrosted if frozen
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 x 50g caster sugar
600ml whipping cream
Combine the blueberries, lemon juice, cinnamon and one of the 50g of caster sugar in a pan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce to a simmer until the blueberries burst and become soft. Allow to cool and puree through a sieve discarding the leftover solids. Place into the refrigerator for about 3 hours until cold.
Whisk the cream with the remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Drizzle the puree over the cream and gently fold into form streaks in the cream. Transfer to small serving dishes like ramekins and place into the refrigerator for 24 hours to set.