Today, I enjoyed the great privilege of taking a cooking class. I don’t normally describe events in detail like this on my blog, but I hope you’ll indulge me this one time.
This is the second class I’ve taken, and it was wonderful! I went with a friend of mine, and the theme of the event was “British baking.”
We prepared three kinds of dishes today:
- A Victoria sponge cake (pictured);
- Scones with currants; and
- Savory hand pies (basically, miniature pot pies).
We worked in teams – I was in a team of three, including my friend. Honestly, the third woman on the team was extremely chatty/overly familiar, and the introvert in me was just about worn out from conversation halfway through the class! But I digress.
Our team’s triumph was successfully creating a Victoria sponge cake. Here it is (although sadly, due to health regulations, we weren’t able to take the cake or the savory pies home):
This is the top-level view of the sponge cake. What you can’t see is that the cake has two layers; between those layers are generous amounts of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. The top layer of the cake is similarly covered with whipped cream and strawberries (and yes, even though I’m vegan, I most certainly ate some of this cake! And the scone. And the uber delicious crust of the savory pie).
Full disclosure: I can take no credit for the piping of the whipped cream, or the artistic array of the strawberries on the cake. The other two ladies on my team performed these tasks admirably. However, I can (and will!) take credit for removing the stems and other innards from the strawberries, using a miraculous little contraption that makes strawberry-gutting quite effortless.
Anyway, you may be wondering why I am sharing all this with you – and at such length, too. Simple: I just had a great time. There’s no hidden depths to this post today; I had fun, and I give God thanks and praise for presenting me with such a wonderful opportunity.
I’ve already signed up for my next cooking class – I’ll be learning how to make bagels from scratch. 😂 Truly, God is good.
My prayer today is pretty straightforward: Dear God, thank You for the great fun that I enjoyed in my cooking class today. What a privilege it is to be able to spend time with my friend and learn something new (and tasty, too!). I look forward to my next class. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy myself. In Your name I pray, Amen.