Along with most of the UK, March was spent in our new house in Hornsea trying to keep warm. Attempts at creating our new Kitchen Garden were thwarted by the vicious hard frosts and icy winds sweeping in from the North Sea. Then I got the call – “Don’t suppose you’re doing anything the week before Easter, are you Mum? Could you have Emily for a few days?”
Of course Erik and I would love to have Emily, anytime. Luckily for me (and Emily) I had anticipated this event. Emily is a ‘girly’ girl, and at our last house, when she stayed with us for the first time, she gave me a right ticking off. “Granny,” she said, staring steadfastly into my eyes. “Granny, where is my pink pillow and quilt? You know, you don’t have any girly things in this house. Only boys things!”
Looking around the bedroom, I realised that she was correct. Having had 2 boys of my own, then 2 grandsons, I’d just not thought about girly things. But the stern stare of an almost 3 year old Emily made me realise just how I was lacking in grandparenting skills for girls.
So now we have pink bedding, pink butterflies and a pink and purple tinkly mobile in Emily’s part of our spare bedroom. And sparkly pink buns as well. Here’s the story:
Emily and her mum bake a lot. Emily loves baking, and she loves Princesses even better, so I spotted these at our local store and thought “Why not.” Thrilled with her box of tricks, we pulled out the step-stool for her to come up to counter level. Pinny on (scolded again for not having a girly pinny – Oh, what a useless Granny I am!) Emily demonstrated her deft handwork with a stick blender.
She filled the bun cases (with a little help from me) and into the oven they went. Whilst the buns were cooling we had a discussion about icing. In the end Emily decided that she wanted chocolate icing sprinkled with sparkly-pink crystals. So be it!
After icing the cakes, sprinkling on the sparkly-pink crystals and licking the spoon, Emily was thrilled with the end result. Her only negative comment was that the buns were a bit small (and she was right).
And this is the best picture of all. A happy granddaughter. What more could a granny want?
So perhaps a greying John Torode and Gregg Wallace will have their hands full on Masterchef 2030 with a 21 year-old Emily vying for that all so important title. Bet she will win it!