As you know Nigel and Darrell have now found new roles in our beloved school since the introduction of the new surgically enhanced photocopiers made our well honed skills in the rush photocopying department surplus to requirement! I shall not dwell on the matter, as it still cuts very deeply but as Freddie Mercury would oft warble “The Show Must Go On!”So when the delightful and very on trend Mrs Wood came to me and said she needed a new Food Technician my heart fair sang …. She said that after all the voluntary food evaluation I had done to help the GCSE girls with last year, she thought see my interest in the culinary arts could be of great beneficial benefit to the Food Department on a permanent basis!
However, before she could say that the job was definitely mine I would have to show her that I was competent in the kitchen and had the practical skills to help the girls and for that she set me the task of finding an upside down cake recipe that I should then modify to accomodate the tastes of the ladies who work in the office, taking into consideration their predilection for all things of a chocolate type nature.
I set about my task with all due diligence, choosing a caramel and banana upside down cake and then adapting it to my brief with the addition a packet of Cadbury chocolate buttons with which to hopefully satisfy the aforementioned Office Ladies!
It didn’t take me too long, and trying to go the extra mile (or extra half pound as we cooks like to say) I also substituted the caster sugar for soft brown sugar and yoghurt and a little lemon juice for the sour cream in the recipe (see below), however I have to admit to having some “pre oven anxieties” as I put it in to bake.
However, I tried to ignore my culinary angst by cleaning down my surfaces and getting my washing up done and put away, hoping to prove further my efficiency and suitability for the position.
The delightful Mrs Wood then asked me to cut a substantial portion for herself and then take all the ladies a slightly smaller slice for their delectation. She would then go round in turn to them all and ask for their evaluation of my work ….. and then get back to me …. the knot in my stomach is almost too much to bear.