No Katy, I Can’t Cook

15 Nov

As the mother of a three year old I get subjected to a lot of toddler TV. And as my son seems to love cooking we often tune into the CBeebies kiddy cooking show: I Can Cook.

I Can Cook is hosted by an extremely affable and capable, pretty young woman called Katy (or eye candy for Dads if you like), who frequently reminds us to wash our hands and get a grown-up to help out with the hot bits.

Now, I’ve seen her and her four young helpers execute many a simple recipe in their colourful kitchen. Lovely, healthy, easy dishes that even a child could cook (as we are frequently reminded). Ha well, you haven’t met me Katy…

One stood out as particularly easy and definitely something that could be served up for my son’s tea. The Honey Tea Loaf. This is basically a simple fruit loaf that uses honey and tea for flavouring.

Just add warm tea and honey to your dried fruit for marinating before folding into your egg, spice and flour mix.
This unctuous (glorious smelling) mixture is then added to an oiled loaf tin and baked for less than half an hour.
How could I fail?

In the show each child’s tin was full of a lovely risen loaf, big enough to cut into slices, spread with butter and served with (diluted) orange juice.

Here is mine:
It hasn’t even got half way up the tin. Why hasn’t it risen?
It’s more of a slab than a loaf. At least it’s not burnt though I suppose.

Oh and the bottom had stuck to the tin which means when we pulled it out there was even less of it. In fact it was just one big slice in itself, well certainly as thin as. So I made A Honey Tea Slice…

But the show is full of supposedly easy and tasty recipes, so I am going to try again as I hate being bettered by children as I am sure there is one that even I could do.

Maybe next time though I’ll ask a grown-up for help?


12 Responses to “No Katy, I Can’t Cook”

  1. love poppy 15/11/2011 at 6:50 pm #

    In bed with awful flu this really cheered me up ! Baking is great but everything has to be exact and so many things affect the outcome. It looks delicious and your little one
    just loves that Mummy made it.
    What do ‘eye candy presenters know anyway !

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/11/2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Ah Poppy! Sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon. One way of looking at it is that you are getting it out of the way now, nothing worse than getting it over the holidays. I had flu at Christmas followed by tonsilitis for New Year last year – one festive season I actually LOST weight…

      Thanks for reading though…I am sure one tiny details has been overlooked… sniff xxx

  2. Jo Wadsworth 15/11/2011 at 6:58 pm #

    What does the recipe use as a raising agent?

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/11/2011 at 3:50 pm #

      Hey Jo, is it the baking powder? The flour is plain (well thats what is says in the recipe)
      Didn’t think of that.
      But the ones on telly we’re rising out of the tins!!!! xx

  3. Alick Mighall 15/11/2011 at 7:48 pm #

    As a Dad, yes, Katy is well cast in that role. I can’t see anyone else in the Cbeebies cupboard doing it as well as her. In the same way that chappy in the allotment programme is well suited to the garden. And to Mums.

    When I watch ‘I can Cook’ I sometimes think it would be funny if we saw some of Katy’s ideas make Masterchef for example. During a tense final ‘cook-off’ I’d love to see Torode or Wallace make the contestants squat on the floor and rise up in a way like your loaf didn’t.

    By the way, we just built the Food website for ITV – maybe you’ll find some tips there….

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/11/2011 at 3:52 pm #

      Hello Alick, yes my husband certainly has the glad eye for Katy!
      And I’ll admit to a liking for Mr Bloom too…

      Ah thanks for reading, great to see you here.
      Yes lets see if those kiddy recipes stand up to a challenge. Some kind of difficult lobster dish up against the blackcurrant baby rice or similiar…

      I didn’t know ITV had a food site – will check it out. Watch out though – more recipes to bugger up!

  4. Claire 15/11/2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Always line your tins with baking parchment as well as greasing them, it helps. I agree with the others it looks lovely, even if only a slice. What did it taste like? Xx

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/11/2011 at 3:54 pm #

      Hmm yes I think I need some of that baking paper – they didn’t use it on the show though…
      Still they don’t get burnt bottoms like I do!!!!

      It tasted ok actually, slightly bland but then I suppose it is meant to be kiddy food.

  5. Tina@flourtrader 16/11/2011 at 10:55 am #

    My that is irritating, but I think the worst is getting halfway through a recipe and they say to add a particular ingredient and you look up, not listed as an ingredient.
    Now you will have a puzzle trying to figure out if you missed something or they did! It looks tasty, so sorry that it did not rise.

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/11/2011 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Tina! Thanks for reading.
      Yes as mentioned above – maybe some raising agent was missing? The flour was plain but I used baking powder.

      It did taste ok though and my son did enjoy it. What little there was of it. But it was slightly dense having just sat like a big slab at the bottom of the tin but hey… it was fun while it lasted.



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