"What's the matter Harvey?" asked Truffle, most concerned.
"A man could die of hunger. Die, I say. The time it took."
It made no sense. We gathered round and listened patiently for the next instalment.
"'Prepare the biscuit and dice it like this. First mix the dog meat, carefully folding it into the biscuit like this. Take the chicken from the oven and let it rest'. [Let it rest! I'd let it rest --- in my tummy!] 'Carefully remove the bone and slice the tender meat from the drumstick onto a plate. Now cut finely into bite-sized portions and share equally between the bowls. Fold the ingredients of the Wattlebury Supper Extraordinaire gently together and add a sprinkling of the remains of Extra mature cheddar over the finished dish.'"
We all fell about laughing.
"That was probably from The Bake Off Masterclass that Mum and Dad have been watching on the television!" Mrs White (our cook) chortled. We could tell that Harvey was still not impressed.
"I tell you - it took 29 minutes to "prepare" and 29 seconds to eat!" said Harvey. "I intend on catching my own supper tonight!"