Revisiting favourite recipes
Thursday afternoon cooking classes are a weekly highlight for the residents of Shepparton Villages’ Hakea Lodge aged care facility.
About 20 older women take their seats, some with knitting in hand to spend an hour learning new recipes or revisiting old ones.
Activities officer Kevin Grover takes centre stage, using the open-plan kitchen to demonstrate recipes for cakes, slices and other sweet treats.
“Sometimes I find recipes and other times I cook things they used to make,” Mr Grover said.
“A little bit of teasing does go on, they like to tell me what I’m doing wrong.
Mr Grover said taking the cooking classes fulfilled a childhood desire to become a baker.
“I started an apprenticeship but I didn’t like the night shift,” he said.
“This is a lot more homely.”
After the cakes are baked, the fine china is brought out and everyone is allowed a taste.
In the past few weeks, the women have enjoyed apple and walnut cake, chocolate and peanut fudge and hand-decorated cupcakes with their cups of tea and coffee.
Anne Wright said she looked forward to the cooking classes because it was an opportunity to catch up with the other residents.
For last week’s class, Mr Grover prepared one fruit cake earlier so the women could taste it while his demonstration cake was still baking.
This was essential because the fruit cake can take up to a week to prepare and up to three-and-a-half hours to cook.
As published in the Shepparton News, Monday 28th April 2014