'National Baking Week' - 14th-20th October

"If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation."    

Regina Bret

"Baking day was the very best time,

It's a favourite memory of mine.

Smells in the kitchen, bread and cakes,

And even more delicious bakes."



This week's virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy session focused on 'The Kitchen', because it was 'National Baking Week' 14th-20th October and 'The Great British Bake Off' had started on Channel 4 again.

Ahead of time, we asked members to bake something to bring to the group, or bring a slice of their favourite cake or biscuit. We went around the Zoom room and looked at members' contributions.

To start the main theme of this session, we asked:

- Does anyone enjoy cooking or baking?

- If so what are members' signature dishes?

- What are people's favourite foods generally?

Thinking about baking:

- What are members' favourite cakes?

- What about biscuits?

- And bread?


Next we thought about idioms to do with the kitchen and asked members to complete them:

Too many cooks spoil - THE BROTH

A watched pot - NEVER BOILS

A woman's place is in - THE KITCHEN (controversial)

Everything but the kitchen - SINK

If you can't stand the heat, get out - OF THE KITCHEN

Cooking on - GAS

Cut and - DRIED

Flash in the- PAN

Hall baked - IDEA

Living on a knife - EDGE

Handed to you on a - PLATE

Cook the - BOOKS

Curry - FAVOUR


Out of the frying pan into - THE FIRE

Simmer - DOWN

Turn up the - HEAT

It’s no use crying over - SPILT MILK

It all boils - DOWN TO

Know your - ONIONS

Piece of - CAKE

Bring home the - BACON

Cheap as - CHIPS

It's not my cup - OF TEA

He's got a finger in - EVERY PIE

Have your cake and - EAT IT

Take with a pinch - OF SALT


The virtual prize this week was the 'Cooking With Mary Berry' cookery book.

ROUND 1. Identify the cake

1. Name the cake?

What date is Saint David's day?

2. Name the cake?

What is the UK's favourite chocolate bar?

3. Name the bake?

In 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland', who stole the tarts?

4. Name the cake?

Which liqueur is made from cherries?

5. Name the cake?

What would it be called if there was ice cream in the middle?

6. Name the cake?

What jam do you use to make this cake?

7. Name this cake?

What is the outside layer?

8. Name the cake?

How many days until Christmas?

9. Name the cake?

Is it baked in the oven or deep fried?

10. Name the cake?

What would it be called without the lemon?

11. Which of these cakes was voted number 1 in the UK?

12. SONG. 'If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake', Gracie Fields - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=honSSKeXME8

According to the advert, who makes "exceedingly good cakes"?

13. SONG. 'MacArthur Park', Donna Summer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV1oafB3grM

Name Donna Summer's only UK number 1 from 1977?

ROUND 2. Identify the biscuit

14. Name the biscuit?

Are there any nuts in them?

15. Name the biscuit?

What is it called when you dip your biscuit into a cup of tea before eating it?

16. Name the biscuit?

In which country of the UK (and city) was McVitie's founded in 1830?

17. Name the biscuit?

Do the ingredients contain any egg?

18. Name the bake?

Is it a cake or a biscuit?

19. Name the biscuit?

Which 1968 musical movie had a character in it called 'The Artful Dodger'?

20. Name the biscuit?

Name the fabric on which they are resting?

21. Name the biscuit?

Have they got any smaller since we were children?

22. Which of these biscuits was voted number one in the UK?

23. SONG. 'Three Wheels On My Wagon', The New Christy Minstrels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1pFTSQfmhU

Which native American Indians were chasing the wagon?

ROUND 3. Identify the bread

24. Name the bread?

Which culture or tradition does it come from?

25. Name the bread?

Where is 'Tiger Bay'?

26. Name the bread?

What is its name slang for?

27. Name the bread?

What is French for 'some bread'?

28. Name the bread?

How do you say it?

29. Name the bread?

Which Christian festival is it associated with?

30. Name the bread?

What would you put in them on 5th November?

31. Name the bread from the advert?

What was the slogan?

And the music?

32. Which brand of bread was voted number 1 in the UK?

33. SONG. 'I Want To Make It With You', Bread - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xou2PzPuRu0

Name the lead singer and songwriter with Bread?

ROUND 4. Identify the kitchen appliance (reminiscence)

34. Identify the object?

Name some dishes you can make from this vegetable?

35. Identify the object?

How would you use it?

36. Identify the object?

Which animal does lard come from?

37. Identify the object?

Remind anyone of school dinners?

38. Identify the object?

How many minutes for a hard boiled egg?

39. Identify the object?

Which seaside character used one of these as a weapon?

40. Identify the object?

What were the pre metric measurements?

41. Identify the object?

How would you make blancmange?

42. Identify the object?

What would you use it for to make 'soft peaks'?

43. Identify the object?

Before you had one of these (a spinner) how would you get the water out of the washing?

44. Identify the objects?

What would you need to pour a cup of tea?

45. Which vehicle would deliver the milk?

What other things would get delivered?

46. Identify the object?

What flower were they named after?

47. What is the little flame called which was used to light this?

Are there any other precious memories of being in your childhood kitchen that members would like to share?


48. SONG. 'Yummy Yummy Yummy', Ohio Express - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozqfOzqMvlQ

Ask members to try and rub their tummies and pat their heads at the same time. Who can do it?

49. SONG. 'Don't You Want Me', The Human League - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0

What are the ingredients for the 'Bloody Mary' cocktail?

50. SONG. 'Baker Street', Gerry Rafferty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo6aKnRnBxM

Which three people lived at 221b Baker Street?

51. SONG. 'American Pie', Don McLean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ZbPc-NQxY

Ask members to name some pies.


At this point, we had a discussion about the growth of superstores and the death of the high street in our lifetime. Most agreed that for convenience's sake and access to free parking and shopping trolleys etc, superstore shopping was the easier option to visiting the butcher, baker and candlestick maker.

(Before lockdown) The top superstores in the UK, by profit, according to www.retaileconomics.co.uk were:

1. Tesco - £37.8bn

2. Sainsbury's - £27.9bn

3. Asda - £22.2bn

4. Morrison's - £17.3bn

5. John Lewis - £10.2bn

6. Aldi - £10bn

7. M&S - £9.6bn

8. Co-op - £9.5bn

9. Amazon - £8.8bn

10. Boots - £6.8bn

Of course, not all these stores sell food products, but most do and some also sell all kinds of kitchen appliances and accessories.

Before we moved on, we had a heated debate about the new carrier bag charge. All agreed the new charge had effected people's behaviour in the amount of bags purchased, which was generally viewed as a good thing as there is so much plastic waste in our environment.


You could have the group pickle some onions in time for Christmas. Here a recipe from Sarsons.


600ml Sarson's Malt vinegar

500g small pickling onions

25g table salt

100g granulated sugar

10 peppercorns

2tsp mustard seeds

1tsp coriander seeds

2 bay leaves


Put the onions in a large bowl and tip over a kettle of boiling water. Leave for 20 seconds then pour into a colander, return to the bowl and pour over lots of very cold water. The skins should now peel off very easily.

Once peeled, layer in a bowl and sprinkle each layer with salt. Cover and leave overnight or up to 24 hrs.

Meanwhile pour the vinegar and sugar into a large saucepan with the peppercorns, mustard seeds and bay leaves. Put the lid on the pan, bring to the boil then remove from the heat and set aside to allow the spices to infuse.

The following day rinse the onions well and pat dry.

Pack the onions into sterilised Kilner® Jars then use a jug to pour over the vinegar, including the mustard, peppercorns and bay, completely covering the onions. Seal and allow to mature for 6 weeks.


1. Welsh Cake

1st March

2. Chocolate Cake

According to a 2020 'British Heart Foundation' poll, the top ten 'Best Selling UK Chocolate Bars' were: 1. Snickers, 2. Cadbury Dairy Milk, 3. Galaxy Bar, 4. Bounty, 5. Kit Kat, 6. Twix, 7. Twirl, 8. Wispa, 9. Mars Bar & 10. Flake

3. Jam Tarts

"The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, All on a summer day: The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts, And took them quite away!"

4. Blackforest Gateau


5. Swiss Roll

Artic Roll

6. Victoria Sponge

Strawberry or Raspberry

7. Battenburg


8. Christmas Cake

66 days

9. Donut

Deep Fried

10. Lemon Drizzle


11. According to an 'Independent' 2019 survey, 'The UK’s Favourite Cakes' were:

  1. Lemon drizzle, 40 per cent

  2. Chocolate fudge cake, 38 per cent

  3. Carrot cake, 37 per cent

  4. Chocolate brownie, 36 per cent

  5. Victoria sponge, 35 per cent

  6. Chocolate muffin, 31 per cent

  7. Sticky toffee pudding, 29 per cent