So... here it is folks, the lead-up to the biggest, most important date in the culinary world... forget Taste of London in Regents Park or The BBC Good Food Show at Olympia... we're talking about The Village Show in Aby, Lincolnshire...
... it takes place on Saturday in the village hall, built as a chapel in 1911 and the home of many a function from 80th birthday parties to yoga classes, from the community jumble sale to the weekly bingo night ... and the show is currently in its second year.
... Belleau Kitchen regulars will know why it's such a big deal to me and those who don't can read about it here... but let's just say it involves 4 outsized scones and a poisoned dwarf...
... I wanted to go out all guns this year and enter every category but between our launch this week with Jedward for Talk Talk and not planning my 40th i've kind of run out of time...
BUT... i'm back in the cottage now and will begin tomorrow with my baking and this is what I plan to do: (and the descriptions are taken directly from the entry card....)
1 x chocolate sandwich cake - 3 eggs, butter cream filling, no topping
4 x decorated individual sponge buns (I assume they mean fairy/cup cakes?)
1 x round of shortbread (am a little confused here... what does a round mean?)
1 x cottage loaf
6 x biscuits
and of course 4 fruit scones.... ( I have the winning recipe from last year, so lord knows what may happen...)
I think i'll be OK with the choc cake (although any recipes always welcome) and i'm going to use an amazing butter cream icing recipe I found on the Whisk Kid blog... the fairy cakes i'm going to do the Hummingbird bakery recipe and use the same buttercream icing with some pretty little things on top... shortbread and cottage loaf i've made before so i should be OK and I have a new biscuit recipe from my grandma Jennie that I could try out.
I'll up date you all in real time once they're baked and then again once they're entered on Saturday but for now, wish me luck!