Kids take to baking tasty treats
Delicious cakes and big smiles were the order of the day when MasterChef New Zealand contestant Vanessa Baxter dropped into Ronald McDonald House.
Mrs Baxter spent an afternoon making zucchini fritters and one cup microwaved chocolate cakes with families staying at the house while their children are undergoing treatment at Starship children’s hospital.
‘‘I cook with my kids all the time. Being in the kitchen is an important part of their lives.
‘‘I thought it would be great to come in and give something back. It’s heart-warming for me and fun for them,’’ she says.
Mrs Baxter’s 11-yearold son Christopher was on hand to play the role of assistant.
The 46-year-old Epsom resident is one of six finalists still fighting for the MasterChef title.
In Sunday night’s show she had the arduous task of making a roasted turduckenqua which involves stuffing a quail inside a chicken, inside a duck, inside a turkey.
Tuuta- Kyle’s favourite creation at the class was the chocolate cake in a cup.
A month ago doctors found a tumour in the 7-year-old’s brain which they have removed.
Charlotte’s family lives on the Chatham Islands and has been staying at Ronald McDonald House while she is treated.
The cooking class was her first trip out of her hospital ward.
Vicki Lee Harris dropped in on the lesson while her 4-year-old was in theatre being tested for a lung disease.
‘‘It’s good for the families to be able to have a break from the hospital environment and all the medical terms,’’ she says.
Hands on: Vanessa Baxter helps Charlotte Tuuta-Kyle stir cake mix to make a microwaved chocolate cake in a glass.
Taste test: Talia Edwards, right, takes a bite of one of the tasty treats MasterChef New Zealand contestant Vanessa Baxter showed families how to make at Ronald McDonald House.