Saturday, August 15, 2009

Patty cake, patty cake, bakers man.......

This past week has been all about kindergarten. Petal goes to a wonderful community kindergarten, which means that there is a great deal of parent involvement.

I am the kindergarten librarian (that's one gold star) which is generally a pretty cushy job except for on book order weeks. Those weeks I roll my hair into a bun, don my specs and say "Shhhh children, mummy is trying to concentrate," and lets face it, post-pregnancy my brain doesn't seem to steamroller along in quite the same capacity as it once did.

On Tuesday we had a kindergarten excursion to the local Police Station (2nd gold star for being a parent helper). The kids had a lovely time and we all now know which little boy is already slurping on a cold beer and which mummy has a lead foot. No secrets with four year olds I tell you.

Wednesday night was our monthly committee meeting. These two hour plus meetings were pretty good when we started out, there were cakes and bickies and even a glass of wine. Now you're lucky to grab a lamington and a cup of coffee, sad times indeed. But we're a committed bunch, so if we can solve the crisis of the rut in the dirt next to the new soft-fall path, by jingo, we will, cake or no cake.

Friday I grabbed my apron and wooden spoon and baked up a storm (well, a mini-storm, one has to exercise some restraint, wouldn't want to show up the other mothers, would I ?) A delicious chocolate cake with dark ganache icing and a batch of pineapple and raisin muffins for the kindergarten cake stall (3rd gold star). Yummo. It was a touch cruel filling the house with the delectable aroma of baked goods and then informing the kids that this batch wasn't for them, but I'll make it up to them. A certain young artist has a birthday just around the corner, yay for birthday cake.

There's just something wonderful about a bowl of glossy, melted chocolate.

Naked cake *blush* and a batch of cooling muffins.

Voila, I have to admit I was rather happy with the end result. I have learnt to be patient with my ganache and allow it to cool to the correct consistency (first time I was too busy laughing as it dribbled everywhere) and I thought the white chocolate curls were quite pretty.

Now I have to go and get ready to help man the cake stall (4th gold star). Kindy, kindy, kindy, oi, oi, oi.


  1. Well done on all those gold stars. And for making that magnificent cake, yum!


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