Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Appearances Can Be Deceptive

A few days before England went into lockdown, my husband grumbled that we had no biscuits he could snack on. That can easily happen in our household. I don’t equip my husband and my nephew to snack excessively on biscuits in between meals. I buy one packet of biscuits each week. But I could tell that my husband and nephew were feeling a little blue and agitated so I decided an extra packet of biscuits would not be amiss.

My nephew Wills, looked as if he was bored and he had been a little anxious about the news of another lockdown. I gave him my credit card and asked him if he wanted to take a walk to one of the local shops to buy some biscuits. He came back with a packet of nine mini cupcakes. They looked very pretty and I smiled at the idea that he had fallen for their appearance.

As soon as I read the details on the packaging I knew what was going to happen:

  • Rich chocolate with Belgian chocolate sauce, topped with gold sprinkles
  • Salted caramel with dulce de leche sauce and honeycomb topping
  • Rhubarb & rose, topped with rhubarb sauce and freeze dried raspberries

I have tried to bake cakes with rosewater flavouring and none of my family like the taste at all. I think Wills had presumed the pink cake would be strawberry flavoured. He very sweetly divided the packet onto three side plates, (as above) and delivered one plate to my husband and one to me. I waited for the result. For the next fifteen minutes I heard both Robert and Wills grumbling that all of the cakes tasted weird. They all had the flavouring of rose which seemed to have infused throughout the packaging. Neither did they like the salted caramel cake. They both claimed it tasted “funny”. The chocolate seemed the most popular.

As a responsible aunt, I have a habit of trying to impart little nuggets of wisdom to my nephew. Later that evening he was helping me clear up after dinner and I smiled at him, “Remember those cakes Will. Appearances can be deceptive. Whether it is women or job offers, properties or entertainment – just because something looks good don’t be misled. You may get a nasty surprise. Check things out carefully.”

He is a good boy and I want him to enjoy his life and avoid trouble. Isn’t that what every aunt wants for her nephew?

7 thoughts on “Appearances Can Be Deceptive

  1. What an interesting story. I can recall so many times I have done something like this with food, especially at buffets. Nice lesson to learn early on πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    p.s. I started a blog recently, I hope you check it out!

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    1. Sometimes I feel sorry for him being stuck indoors with the two of us. However, he just won our afternoon game of scrabble so right now he is looking rather pleased with himself.

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