"A friend like Layla comes along once in a lifetime, and Griffin Silk knows this with all his heart.
Griffin's daddy used to say that Layla had been sent to comfort them after Tishkin went away; ‘like an arm about their shoulders, a candle in the dark or like golden syrup dumplings for the soul’.
At the end of Layla Queen of Hearts there is a recipe for golden syrup dumplings, we had friends join us for lunch last Sunday and it was a cold wet day - just the kind of weather for a sticky dumpling!
The wee girl helped me cook; it was so lovely to have her there by my side, a bit "like a golden syrup dumpling for the soul"
The dumplings were yum! A bit of lemon zest and juice in the sauce cut through the caramel sweetness.
Because of copyright I can't reproduce the exact recipe from the book BUT this one is almost the same; just add the zest of one lemon and half its juice to the sauce.