I love cooking and I have a few challenges to do with cooking. Host a MacMillan Tea Party, bake a cake you have never tried before, buy some kind of baking machine, make and document something with it and many more.
I never enjoyed cooking at school but once I had my own kitchen to cook in and a copy of Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course (well used as you can see), I was on my way to making wonderful roasts, quick pasta dishes, Monday night curries with leftovers and beautiful cakes. I discovered Mary Berry and when the children came along, I made traybakes to put in their lunch boxes.
My favourite cake for birthdays is still the good old Victoria sponge which my daughter also makes a mean one too. Baking with the children was always a favourite thing and my son does experiment now and again.
Nothing beats a homemade meal or cake and it is also very therapeutic. It certainly can calm me down after a stressful day at work although sometimes I might just go for the good old fish and chips from the local chippie! I really think cooking lessons should be prescribed by Doctors!
I had friends who always insisted that Birthday and Christmas presents should never be a household item including cooking equipment. I might object to a vacuum cleaner but I never minded to some new piece that I could bake with. A few years ago I did say I did not want another thing for the kitchen. However this turned up and I happily accepted it!
My daughter’s boyfriend, Aaron treated me to some wonderful birthday presents for my 50th birthday. One of them was a subscription to the Bakedin Baking Club. It has been wonderful. I have now received three boxes which have a recipe inside with step by step instructions to cook.
There is also bags of ingredients weighed out in numbered bags.
All you need to do is add a few ingredients which are normally in my cupboard, a baking tin and bake. Cherry Crumble Squares were today’s delight. I quickly whizzed up the cake mixture in my processor, poured into the prepared tin, added the cherries and put in the oven for 10 minutes whilst I made the crumble. The crumble was then added to the top of the cake mixture and returned to the oven for a further 30 minutes.
The cooking smells were delicious and I couldn’t wait to try. When cut the cherries had sunk to the bottom and I did wonder if I should have washed and dried before I put on top of the sponge mixture but overall it didn’t take make any difference to the taste which had a lovely spicy taste from the cinnamon. This had been included in bag 4 with the self raising flour.
We served it with custard and cream as a dessert and it was a big hit. The instruction card comes with all the ingredients and weights that is included in the kit so I will definitely be baking this again.
My next box has arrived and I can’t wait to bake this.