Presents!!!

But before they sat down to tea, Kauri gave Grandpa his present.

“Happy Birthday Grandpa, I made this for you,” he said.

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“Oh thank you Kauri,” said Grandpa when he’d unwrapped it, “I just love it!”

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And Myrtle gave her present to Grandpa.

“Happy Birthday Grandpa,” she said, “I made this for you.”

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“Oh thank you Myrtle,” said Grandpa when he’d unwrapped it, “I absolutely love it!”

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And he was thrilled with the delicious birthday tea the children had made for him.  But Cedro was too excited to wait for everyone to finish the savouries before they got to his present …

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… so he cut a slice for Grandpa straight away and said

“Happy Birthday Grandpa, I made this for you.”

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And with a great big smile Grandpa took it and said,

“Oh thank you Cedro, I really really love it.”

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And he really REALLY did.

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The End 😀

You can read the whole story here and it is available in paperback here 🙂

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Time for tea!

By then it was time to get ready for Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday tea.

Everyone was very excited.

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There were crisps and cookies and mini pizzas;

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there were crackers and pasta salad and pineapple on sticks;

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and the big birthday cake, made entirely by Cedro, was the centrepiece.

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The Cake!

… when the buzzer went off he put on his oven gloves and carefully removed the cake from the hot oven.  He took it out of the tin and put it on a wire rack to cool.

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When it was cool, Cedro sliced it in half and spread jam in the middle to make a big jam sandwich cake.

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Next, Cedro weighed out 4 ounces of icing sugar and sieved it into a bowl.  To that he added about 3 teaspoons of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and stirred until the icing was thick and smooth.

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He spread the icing on the cake.

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Then he decorated it beautifully with deliciously sweet organic raisins.

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Then he took out the weighing scales …

Then he took out the weighing scales, measured 12 ounces of flour and put it into the mixing bowl.

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To the flour he added 4 slightly heaped teaspoons of baking powder.  And he mixed it in well.

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Next he weighed 6 ounces of sugar and mixed it in with the flour.  He stirred it a lot.

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After that he added the wet ingredients together:

250 ml of water,

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6 tablespoons of sunflower oil and

3 teaspoons of vanilla essence.

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He poured the wet stuff into the dry stuff and mixed it up really well until he had a thick, moist, cake mixture.

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Then he lined a cake tin with eco-friendly grease-proof paper and poured the mixture into it.

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When he’d scraped all he could out of the bowl, Cedro put on his oven gloves and very carefully put the cake tin into the hot oven.

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Cedro set the timer for 75 minutes (which was an hour and a quarter) and ….

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That’s it!

While Cedro continued to ponder, Grandpa walked behind him, into the kitchen.

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Grandpa picked up the biscuit tin, rattled it, put it back down and trudged back to the living room.

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“That’s it!” thought Cedro, “Grandpa’s got a sweet tooth!  I’ll make him a birthday cake!”

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Cedro washed his hands and gathered together all the ingredients he would need.  They were flour, baking powder, sugar, sunflower oil, water and vanilla essence.  Then he carefully switched on the oven and set it to 160° centigrade.

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Recommended Reading: Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday

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Here’s another big colourful story book from Edward Benn (of Wibbolywub fame), this time beautifully illustrated by Cynthia Barnett:  Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday.

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It’s a happy, friendly story about children getting ready for their Grandpa’s birthday.

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Kauri and Myrtle have made presents for Grandpa but Cedro, who can’t get the hang of sewing or making things with paper, doesn’t know what to give him.

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That is, until he remembers that Grandpa is no stranger to the cookie jar and would probably really like a birthday cake.

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So he makes him one.

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And the story explains how he does it, incorporating the simple, egg-free vegan recipe naturally.  The colourful, naïve illustrations make this book charming.

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It is clearly designed to be read to young children, a lovely bedtime (or daytime) story but is, in addition, a vegan birthday cake recipe book which will enable little ones (with adult supervision of course) to make a delicious cake of their own with ordinary ingredients likely to be found in everyone’s kitchens.

Another lovely idea from Honestly Books.

Get your copy here 😀

Pendennis Castle

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I never got around to telling you about our visit to Pendennis Castle when we went to Cornwall last year.  I have mixed feelings about castles.  On the one hand I love the feeling of history, picturing how people used to live at the time the castle was built.  I feel amazed at the architecture and how such big, strong, heavy, impressively crafted structures got built in the days before motor vehicles and cranes.

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On the other hand I recoil at the violence they remind me of – the dungeons, the canons, the holes in walls for shooting arrows through and holes above the gates for pouring boiling oil through.

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But at Pendennis Castle at least there is one thing I’m not in two minds about – the cake!

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Here there was not just one, but two different types of vegan cake!  The lemon cake you see above and the flapjack pictured below.  I eat a lot of flapjacks and I can honestly tell you that this was the best I’ve ever eaten!

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Of course we told the cook how much we loved it and how pleased we were that there were vegan options on the menu and the lovely lady said that they always make sure there is something for every dietary requirement and she invited us to return to the cafe for lunch as she was making a delicious vegan soup.

Hurrah for English Heritage!  Very well done 😀

Oh, and the views are pretty nice too 😉

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