Crevette, Beanie and I attended an exciting baking event organised by Whitworths yesterday. When I was warmly invited to come along with children, little did I know that my monkeys would be the only small(er) people there.
They could not have been better looked after. I think the girls really enjoyed spending time with them and were fighting for their attention, decorating cupcakes with them, playing ‘hide the snacks’ and sitting with them listening to the instructions for baking delicious goodies.
The cooking course took place in my dream kitchen in Wandsworth. My own kitchen is tiny and all afternoon, I kept imagining myself in that kitchen with my family, cooking with the kids, sat around the huge island that could be used as a worktop or become a table for big meals with friends. I could also see myself teaching children how to cook simple meals, like Katy does in I Can Cook. Cookery classes, for children and adults alike, would be my dream job (OK, one of my dream jobs!). Wouldn’t that be a nice career move?
We spent the afternoon with the incredibly friendly and down-to-earth Holly Bell, who blogs at Recipes From a Normal Mum. Recipes that are free from refined sugar seem to be really trendy at the moment, and the first treat we made to try out Whitworth’s range of baking goodies was a delicious tropical slice recipe created by Holly. In the recipe, sugar comes naturally from figs and dried fruit.
We then had a nice lunch and I had a good chat with Phil, a real Baking Fanatic, Sophie from A Story of a Girl and Emilie, from Someone in the Corner. It was also the perfect occasion to catch up with Kerri-Anne, who blogs at Gingerlillytea and Lucy, aka Mrs Bishop.
Holly then took us through her fruity Tiffin recipe. Crevette helped me bash the biscuits. I simply omitted the raisins. As we were making our Tiffin, it smelt divine in the room, and I had a slice as soon as it was set after I got home: oh my goodness it is good!
As promised, here are a few life-changing things I learnt yesterday:
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in melted chocolate is a trick to give it a bit of a shine despite not being tempered. It also makes it easier to cut when set.
- Coat your spoon with oil to make it easier to spoon syrup
- Figs are not vegan. They are male or female. They cannot reproduce unless they get help from insects. Wasps impregnate the figs. Once they are done, they cannot get out. It is a natural process so apparently most vegans still eat them.
Have you got baking tips you would like to share?
I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. All photos and opinions are my own.