Yesterday morning we got up veeeeery early to go to the Ohoka Farmers Market, which is a beautiful market full of wonderful products and friendly people. We set up a stall and for most of the morning we were very busy teaching children (girls and boys too) how to make sugar roses. We also had a few adults trying, in this part of the country people really bake a lot of cakes, and to learn to make your own decorations is quite useful! I saw them taking good notice of the fondant we were using, quickly calculating that from a block of ready made rolling icing they could make hundreds of roses, and keep the kids occupied!!! Sold quite a few books there :-)!
I managed to take a few photos with my iPhone, but I really need to be better organized: when there is a real crowd Arantxa and I are too busy showing how to make the flowers to stop and take photos... I think that we need a photographer!! But a part from that we seem to have the demos down to a fine art now, as long as we have plenty of pink fondant ready to go for the girls, and yellow/cream for the boys! Yes, boys will join in happily as long as the flowers are not pink!
|Ohoka Farmers Market|
Back to Christchurch for a quick lunch, and then on to the beautiful Children Bookshop for another demo with some very enthusiastic girls, mothers and grandmothers! The kids made so many roses and rose buds and leaves, and they were trilled by the results (and so were the adults!). Many said that they were going home to make cupcakes so that they could use their roses, and once again nobody tried to eat the icing: they were all too busy being creative, treated their work and the ingredients with the upmost respect, and were truly enchanted with the whole process. Thank you to all the staff at the Children Bookshop for having us!
|The Children Bookshop in Christchurch|
Tomorrow morning I will be at the Oxford Farmers Market, while Arantxa and Max will be on What Now, and then we will fly back to Auckland in time to see the Rugby World Cup Finals! We will be wearing black :-).
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©