Sift­ing mem­o­ries in kitchen con­test

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

THEY may have very dif­fer­ent cook­ing styles, but Big Bethanie Bake Off fi­nal­ists Michelle Ed­monds and Molly Ur­win can agree on one thing: food is all about fam­ily.

John XXIII Col­lege Year 10 stu­dent Molly said her fa­ther first in­tro­duced her to the joys of bak­ing.

“He al­ways en­cour­aged me to be cre­ative in the kitchen from when I was very lit­tle,” she said.

Four se­niors and four chil­dren from across WA will com­pete in a live grand fi­nal bake-off at Bur­swood Park on Have a Go Day, Novem­ber 11.

Molly and her bake-off part­ner fa­ther Gra­ham Ur­win will pre­pare a tra­di­tional north­east English recipe handed down from his grand­fa­ther.

“Panack­elty is a casse­role made of lay­ered onion, sliced pota­toes, car­rots and corned beef,” he said. “My grand­fa­ther was a re­tired pit­man with his own al­lot­ment, so he would grow most of the in­gre­di­ents him­self.

“It was a fam­ily tra­di­tion to go around to my grand­par­ents’ house for a roast and York­shire pud­ding. It’s great that those tra­di­tions can be passed on.”

Bethanie Mt Clare­mont So­cial Cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor Michelle Ed­monds said she was look­ing for­ward to bak­ing her grand­mother’s spe­cial ap­ple pie.

“My first mem­ory of cook­ing is with my grandma mak­ing honey crack­les,” Ed­monds said.

“I was al­ways al­lowed to have a honey crackle and a cup of black tea with a lit­tle sugar in it.

“That’s how it all started. Now I en­joy cook­ing and shar­ing it with fam­ily and friends, it’s very so­cial.”

Ed­monds said she was not sure how she and her mother would work to­gether on com­pe­ti­tion day.

“It’s a bit sad ac­tu­ally, I’m a re­ally messy cre­ative cook and Mum is very tidy and cleans up as she goes,” she said. “We might need to have to have a lit­tle prac­tice to­gether first.”

Bethanie chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris How said he was ex­cited to see what tricks the 2015 fi­nal­ists had up their sleeves.

“The Big Bethanie Bake Off is a great op­por­tu­nity to close the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional gap and al­low for kids and se­niors to par­tic­i­pate in a fun, safe and so­cial event,” How said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d445657

Con­tes­tants Michelle Ed­monds and Molly Ur­win.

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