Last weekend was The Cake and Bake Show in London where I travelled up from my little house in Bournemouth on the train to Waterloo and made my way to the venue. It was huge.
There was an array of speciality sugar craft shops along with company’s selling their cupcakes, cookies and breads (actually there were only 2 savoury stalls, one breads and one pies, which was a real disappointment!). There were classrooms which you prepaid for and learnt sugar craft techniques, but also free classrooms where you could try out truffle making or cake decorating.
The main events though were the Bakery area and the Cake Kitchen where famous bakers would demonstrate different recipes. Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry were the highlights of these stages with thousands gathering round to watch. I tried to get on my little tip toes to catch a glimpse! I went to a lot of other talks, Tom Herbert making a sour dough bread in the Bakery, Edd Kimber who was the winner of the first Great British Bake off, in the Cake Kitchen, Eric Lanlard and one of the highlights of my weekend was The Big Bread Debate!
The panel was made up of famous artisan bakers debating about bread in large supermarkets, how there should be a law in place to list the ingredients on their breads (because there isn’t) and how we should all be eating ‘Real Bread’. It was truly inspirational!
I also went to a few talks in the Chocolate area where chocolate companies spoke about their chocolates and the ideas behind their lines. (Where I got to try one of Lucky’s Mad Hatter themed chocolates, a brownie but lighter like a mouse encased in a thick layer of chocolate. Oh my word)
But I think the best thing about the weekend was eating everything. oh my word there was some incredible foods there!! Vegan cake shops, marshmallow specialists, chocolatiers and stand after stand of cupcake stalls!
It was amazing! Next year they’re having an early event in Manchester and then again in September in London so will definitely be booking my tickets as soon as they’re on sale!
Our nation seems to be one of those envious of all other nations for the passion which oozes from their cultures. For example, the french for a passion for love along with their adoring passion for food which we also see from the Italians and Spanish. Why can’t we bring this into our own British every day culture? In most Asian families children are taught to cook early and consistently help out during cooking or are left to cook. Most people I knew who came to uni couldn’t cook. Yes fair enough, I only started to cook properly when I moved away but at least I knew how to make a basic white sauce!
We spend about a quarter of our days eating and cooking or preparing food. Well a quarter of our lives I should say! It shouldn’t be seen as a chore. It should be enjoyed. I’ve seen people say things like “Food is Fuel”, which yes, is true but it shouldn’t be treated reluctantly like you would when filling up your car with petrol. It should be enjoyed, appreciated and you should be able to taste the your passion for the food you make when eating. We have taste buds for a reason, we need to eat to live. So why aren’t we making the most of it?