Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

The Baking Life Of Amelie Day

Vanessa Curtis

Amelie DayAmelie Day loves to bake – cupcakes, biscuits, bread, tarts and muffins – so she’s thrilled when she’s invited to compete in Britain’s Best Teen Baker of the Year. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mum stop her, Amelie musters all her flour power, but will it be enough to get her there?

Amelie Day loves baking, in fact she LIVES baking. She’s always concocting new recipes and making up cookie/cake/biscuit related ideas. She could bake for Britain, in fact she really could bake for Britain as she’s won a place in Britain’s Best Teen Baker competition and can’t wait to get started. Sadly, there’s a problem, she’s got cystic fibrosis, a condition which is hard to live with, some days she finds it hard to breathe.

Amelie has always wanted to win this competition and she tries out all her food out on her two best friends and guinea pigs, Gemma and Harry, they know how to help with her condition and she tries her best to get on with it but its really hard. Will she be able to overcome her condition (and her mum) and win the competition? Or even be able to get to the competition?

I don’t want to ruin the ending for you all but I know that there are some parts in the book which will make you laugh, some bits that will make you cry (I know because I cried!) and you will realise that people with CF are really brave and inspiring to get on with life like that.

Verdict: I think this book is inspirational, brilliantly written and covers important topics.

Reviewed by Daisy (13)

Publisher: Curious Fox
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Genre: Baking, Diversity, Disability
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British book
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Butterfly and the Birthday Surprise

birthdsy surpriseOver the hills in a land of sweetness, little fairies bake and play. Would you like to peep at their secret, scrumptious world? Make a wish, then step into the magic of Fairycake Kingdom.
Butterfly has everything organized for her party and she doesn’t want any surprises. But when the big day arrives, things start to go wrong. Will her friends be able to save the day with a wonderful birthday surprise?

My four year old daughter was delighted with this cute story. From opening the first page she was entranced by the map of the fairies kingdom, wanting to know the names of all the places and who lives where, and which way they would go to visit each other. She also loved the page that introduces the fairies who will be in the story. It was nice to know the names and recognise them before we started the story, especially as we haven’t read any Fairies of Blossom Bakery books before.

The story is a sweet tale about fairy Butterfly who is organising her birthday party, and she is very organised! Butterfly plans everything to the last detail and her friends help her to get everything ready, they put up with Butterfly’s bossiness very well! It doesn’t occur to Butterfly that her friends may want to do something for her, or even surprise her and she steams ahead with her plans. But on the day things don’t go smoothly as her dress goes missing and eventually the weather doesn’t co-operate with her plans. However Butterfly’s fairy friends save the day and Butterfly realises how lucky she is to have them and that things can turn out really well even without a big plan.

At the end of the book there is a recipe to make one of the cakes in the story, which I thought was a nice touch.

The pictures are pretty and colourful. There is plenty to keep the attention of a little girl.

Verdict: This is a sugary story with a gentle moral and a little bit of fairy sparkle.

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Picture Corgi
Publication Date: February 2014
Format: Picture book
Pages: 32
Genre: Fairy, baking
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provided by publisher
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Bookish Brits: The Book Cake Tag

Daphne, Faye, Debbie and I had a fantastic pre Christmas catch up over tea and cake. While we were there we filmed the Book Cake Tag. The tag originally created by SuddenlyLorna (view her video here) consists of seven cake related book topics:

1) Flour – A book that was a little bit slow to start off but that really picked up as it went along.
2) Butter – A book that had a really rich and great plot.
3) Eggs – A book that you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.
4) Sugar – A sugary/sweet book.
5) Icing – A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.).
6) Sprinkles – A book series that you can kind of turn to for a little pick me up when you’re feeling down.
7) The cherry on top – Your favorite book this year so far.

Posted by Caroline.

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Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes

Sue Watson

fat girlsTV Producer Stella Weston is over worked, overweight and under fire. Having battled uphill for years to balance her career with her family life, she is repaid by being put out to pasture on a religious gardening programme – complete with a nervous vicar, his nymphomaniac wife, and 22 stone Britney wannabe gardener, Gerald.
In the past, comfort has always been found at the bottom of her mixing bowl, but when even the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting cannot save the day, Stella decides enough is enough.
However, finding the courage to quit is sometimes the easy part. Can you really turn a passion into a profession? Does more time at home actually give you a happier family life? Are men truly from Mars or another universe altogether?
Stella has to roll up her sleeves and find out – when the going gets tough, the tough get baking….

Well, if you are up for an escapist read of sheer enjoyment and pleasure, then this is the one for you. Poor Stella has worked so hard all her life to get where she is, living that awful life of guilt for either not feeling committed enough at work because she has to get away for the babysitter or staying on for a meeting at work feeling terrible for not being at home for dinner with the family and to make matters worse her horrible boss MJ is breathing down her neck just waiting for her to fail.

After being given the job of producing a religious gardening programme which manages to go spectacularly wrong – but provides a good deal of hilarity, she finds herself at home with no job, her relationship with her husband hanging by a thread and a daughter who has changed alot during Stella’s absences. Thank goodness for a welcoming kitchen, a cupboard full of ingredients and Stella’s amazing knack of being able to knock up a ‘honey-scented chocolate cake with a gooey frosted topping worthy of Delia’.

Stella’s fabulous friends step up and offer her the support she needs by way of take away evenings, nights out, a holiday away and she finally begins to let her hair down a bit and have some fun as well as figure out what she wants from life.

Stella is a very likeable character – she does not ‘have it all together’ in any way at all and is honest about her failings and weaknesses. I like that she she was still an attractive and desirable woman even though she is clearly not a size 8!

So many comedy events happen during this story and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. It was wonderful to see her and her friends all pulling together to support each other through the various trials and tribulations of their lives and I personally was very happy to see that CAKE was very much central to the proceedings!

Happily, things work out well for Stella in the end, despite all odds and it was great seeing a certain character get their very well deserved comeuppance at the end.

Verdict:This is lovely, fun read. I very much enjoyed it and for all those budding bakers, or just for those that love cake, like me, there are some fabulous looking recipes at the end of the book. Yum!

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Rickshaw Publishing
Publication Date: Sept 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 367
Genre: Chick Lit, Baking
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book
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