By Poppy Chesterman, aged 10 years old.
One of my passions is baking, with inspiration from popular television shows like The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef. I love baking because of the end product: either perfection or near perfection, it always tastes yummy to me! Nearly every day I will cook something new, if it’s making dinner or a cake just for fun. I also enjoy baking fresh homemade cookies or chocolates rather than buying them to give as gifts and birthday presents. When it was my birthday a few weeks ago my friend and I made a gorgeous Victoria sponge with fresh cut strawberries layered in the middle. I was really pleased with it.
My kitchen is very easy for me to use even though I am still learning to cook. It has a 3 metre long table in the middle and a green Aga that is easy to use by myself. I like watching The Great British Bake Off because it’s interesting and fun to try to recreate what they do. Another reason is because of the end task which is an outstanding example of all the skills they have. There have been 3D cookies and 5-tiered cakes. They look fabulous.
I loved what they did and as my birthday party was coming up I decided to use that as my theme. I planned two teams, inviting 10 people, so 5 people on each team. It was very fun and chaotic but that is normal for birthday parties. When all the guests arrived I opened up my presents. They were all very lovely. We then began the cooking part of the party. The first challenge was a technical challenge. Each team was told to make 3 identical knickerbocker glories from their imaginations, with just the ingredients to help us. Only one person in my team actually knew what it was. We worked together well and came second in that task. My Dad and my two brothers won; fairly I felt.
After that we started on the main activity. We had to bake a starter, a main dish and dessert. Our team decided on a theme of 3. We made 3 mini pizzas for the starter and to go with that, three dough balls. And for the main we made three burgers without bread and small fried chips with fresh homemade ketchup. For our dessert we still kept with the theme and made a mini cheesecake a mini sponge cake and a mini dark chocolate tart; each different dessert having a different forest fruit.
Whilst we were waiting for things to cook other challenges we needed to complete were a taste challenge, a food quiz and guess how many sweets are in the jar. The taste challenge was a salted caramel biscuit, blueberry and passion fruit drink, and curry backed beans. We all found it very hard to guess the flavours. My team won the food quiz and the guess the sweets in the jar. At that moment we were even so it was all down to the food. The other teams theme was “jumbo size”. Their starter was prawn and tomato sauce with rice. The main was spaghetti and meatballs and the pudding was about 20 custard tarts.
My brothers judged and we won the starter and the dessert and they won the main. So the end result was that my team won. The party bag I gave out was an apron with their name printed on and an original tall white chef’s hat. I really enjoyed my party and so did all my friends. I will always keep baking. This was one of my best parties so far and I am so glad I did it.
When is the last time you baked a cake and for what occasion?