Today’s blog post comes courtesy of our guest blogger, my 10 year old daughter Anna. Last Saturday I decided to do a spot of baking with Anna who loves to bake. “What do you want to bake?” I ask, to which Anna replies “Victoria Sponge, like the Great British Bakeoff.” A lovely sponge she bakes too, with a great rise on it and she’s so happy with herself that I take a photo of her and Instagram it out #proudmum.
The photo gets lots of likes and one lovely blogger Christina’s Cucina takes the time to like the post, give Anna some lovely praise and asks if she can share Anna’s photo on her page as she loves to see kids baking. I mention that Anna will be most impressed to think that someone in Los Angeles has liked her cake. Christina then kindly shares the post, asking people to like the photo and comment on where they are in the world. I had one utterly delighted little girl when she woke on Sunday morning to see the wonderful comments from all around the world, giving praise and encouragement and asking Anna for her recipe. What none of you who commented will know is that my daughter is a quiet and shy girl, by taking the time to comment you have given her confidence in what she can do well – what inspiration and for something as cool as baking. So enough from this mother, over to Anna!
Anna (baker, cook, roller skating, hockey playing, artist)
Hi everybody, thank you so much for liking my cake photo. I was really excited when I woke up last Sunday to learn where you all live and I wish I could send you all a slice of my cake. I have been cooking with Mum since I was a little girl, it is one of my favourite things to do with my Mum. When I was really little I used to sit beside Mum with a plastic knife and toy food and pretend I was cooking. When I was 3 years old I started to cook and bake, Mum is very strict with knives but I can now use a knife properly because she’s taught me. Sometimes I just help out, but other things I can make all by myself, like a Victoria Sponge. I line the tins, put on the oven, set up the mixer, weigh out my ingredients, mix it altogether and now that I’m tall enough I’m even allowed to put the cake in the oven. I also like to bake chocolate and pecan nut brownies, lemon and poppy-seed muffins and Sicilian orange cake. I don’t like lots of icing though and my favourite filling for Victoria Sponge is fresh cream and strawberries.
I like to cook and have a few cook books that I read, but not as many as my Mum who has lots! I like to cook dinner for my family and recently I’ve made lamb koftas with yoghurt dip and salad and chicken curry. I have always been a really adventurous eater and I will try all foods, Mum and Michelle say they love to cook for me because I will try anything. Other than cake, my favourite things to eat are scallops, prawns, steak (medium-rare), ribs, avocado, tomatoes, curry and risotto. My Mum has written up my recipe to share with you and I hope you enjoy baking it. Thanks again to everyone for all your great comments. Love Anna xx2