When my brother told me about Herman on the phone I didn’t quite understand what he was on about. The next day he brought me a sweet but smelly white fluid in a plastic bowl covered with some kitchen paper and a few pages to read with it. He also brought along a delicious cake and when I had eaten it with some single cream I thought it was heavenly…gave me a warm feeling of country cooking.

I took it up as a challenge to nurture the mixture for 10 days…with a 6 year old and a 7 month old to look after this was like a third child for me. I kept checking on him to make sure he was alright and still bubbling away (it reminded me of how I used to check on my baby whilst he was asleep when he was just a few weeks old!).

On day 9 I happily invited a few friends over and passed the mixture to them. They were delighted that I had shared this with them and were really looking forward to their Herman experience!

On day 10 I finally baked the thick gooey mass (it gets quite thick once all the final ingredients are added and I decided to make it eggless which made it even thicker). The end product was a scrumptious fruity pudding cake which is fabulous eaten as it is or with some cream or custard.