Sifting memories in kitchen contest
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.
Contestants Michelle Edmonds and Molly Urwin.