The accidental commitment…
I do love a spot of baking, especially when it involves slacking off from work, and even more so when the recipe in question is so easy and nets a perfect cake with very little fuss.
Emma Bradshaw’s treacle and spice sponge is one such cake which I happily tried out a week or so ago and made again this afternoon. As you can see, it went down a treat.
I wasn’t actually intending to make a cake but I thought I might as well, seeing as I was in the kitchen hunting around for cook books with quick and easy recipes that multiple little fingers can make en masse without too much mess.
Why I hear you ask?
Well, it was all because at the start of school this morning, I went into Xavi’s Year 1 classroom to volunteer to help with reading. I did it at our last school and it was so rewarding I figured giving up an hour a week again was no hardship and might even be fun. Simple enough so far no?
Well yes, but a Year 1 classroom at 8.30am is a hectic place. There are 5-year olds running everywhere, indoor shoes to find and book bags to drop off, and this morning, Xavi was very keen to show me what his pen monitor duties were, so having offered my services to the teacher, I was rather distracted when she responded. A few nods and enthusiastic “oh yes, of courses” later, I tuned back in with a jolt to hear her saying “so if you plan the recipes and buy the ingredients, we’ll send them in ten at a time and you can go from there”.
Piecing together the fragments of the conversation as I drove home, I realised I had actually ‘agreed’ to run the Year 1 cookery sessions on Thursday afternoons, rather than spend a quiet weekly hour one-to-one reading about Biff and Chip’s latest adventures.
I thought she had a delighted-yet-somehow-mirthsome grin on her face as I nodded away distractedly.
So anyway, recipes that multiple little fingers can make en masse without too much mess? Anyone? Anyone…..?