The meal last night was lovely. Although Matthew pops in to see us every now and then we've not seen Sophie since before Christmas so it was nice to catch up with her. She has the neatest tiniest bump I've ever seen, unlike me, who looked like a whale at 3 months in both pregnancies. They bought Amy a lovely pen which is very apt as she's always writing something or other .
Amy does her food tech practical exam next week - the real thing - so today she did a trial run of her tray bake. She's a bit of a messy worker with no concept of tidying up as she goes along. They get marks for putting their hair up and washing their hands so I'm sure there'll be marks for wiping and clearing as you go, although Amy assured me there isn't and she'd tidy up at the end.
They have 5 hours to do their bake and she had the sponge, jam and creme pat done and dusted in the first 90 minutes. The lemon curd gave her a bit of trouble but she cracked it in the end and although her meringues tasted lovely she needs to work on her piping skills and try and get them a similar size.
They've been told marks are based on skills used and the difficulty level of making each thing, with not much emphasis on taste. Which is probably a bonus. Not that there's anything wrong with what she's made, in fact individually it all tasted delicious, but the lemon curd and jam combination was a bit sickly.
At least it will be one exam out of the way. And I think this will be her one and only trial run thank goodness because my kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it when she'd finished. The plus side is, if it all goes to plan on the day, she'll have plenty of time to wash up.
In between popping in and out of the kitchen to see what's been happening I've done another teddy face and made up 10 pencil cases.
Tomorrow I'll pop into Middleton to see if I can find some more stationery. There seems to be a shortage in Middleton and Bury of small rulers, pencil sharpeners and notebooks so I'm not sure if it will be a successful shopping trip or not; I can but try.