Let them make cake!

Turning a hobby into a business is always a popular topic on Girls Around Town and if the business in question involves food, so much the better.

Someone who’s done just that is Lyndsay Sadler, who joins June and Rosalyn in the studio this weekend to talk about how she’s now sharing a life-long passion for cooking with the young – and not so young! – in a variety of ways.

In addition to making beautiful celebration cakes and cupcakes, she passes on her skills in the kitchen to children and teenagers by giving them the opportunity to make their own tasty treats. And of course, to enjoy the results of their new-found culinary expertise too…

Lyndsay will be describing her own journey, from spending hours transfixed by the tempting cakes in her mother’s cookery books to studying for a City and Guilds in Advanced Professional Cookery and later living above a boulangerie in Lyon and getting up early to watch the bakers at work.

Now with four children of her own, ranging from one to twelve-years old, when they started growing up she knew she wanted to combine everything she’d learned with a business and so Coco’s Kitchen was born.

“I’ve always loved involving my children in what I’m doing in the kitchen,” she says.  “We cook regularly together and enjoy ourselves enormously in the process. Cooking with your kids is quality family time and the added bonus is you get the wonderful bonding experience of sharing something delicious together at the end.

“Each year, as my own children’s birthdays came around, I looked for new ideas for their parties and then it suddenly occurred to me that, with my experience of both food and children, I should start my own business to cater for this growing market.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out more about the benefits of getting your kids busy in the kitchen. Lyndsay will also be talking about some of her favourite makes and bakes – luckily for June and Rosalyn’s waistlines, there’ll be no cakes in the studio this Sunday but word is she’ll be whipping up a tasty wintry soup…

Sounds like just the job for a chilly November lunchtime!

The taste of summer

Newark’s best-known foodie makes a welcome return to the studio next weekend to share some of her favourite seasonal recipes with the Girls Around Town.

Lisa Holloway will be bringing June up to date with what’s she’s been doing since moving on to pastures new after selling Compton House, her award-winning B&B.

As for those recipes, she’s keeping the details under wraps until the show. So you’ll have to tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out just what’s on the menu.

Will it be pasta or puds, barbecues or brunches? Whatever she chooses, one thing’s for sure; the dishes Lisa will be sharing will be delicious, easy to make and guaranteed to bring a taste of summer to the table.

Anyone for seconds? Keep an eye on the GAT Facebook page for a link to the online podcast and watch this space for the recipes coming soon – just in time for you to serve up some tasty treats to your own families and friends…

Cooking the books

spoonsful of honeyIf you love cooking, cookery books, food shopping – and puddings! – a brand new event in Lowdham next week has all the ingredients you could ask for…

Nottinghamshire Flavours magazine and The Bookcase are joining forces to present Cooking The Books in Lowdham Village Hall on Sunday 1 March.

Included on the menu between 10am and 4pm there’ll be a Food Fair featuring local artisan producers and a series of talks by food writers.

wi cookbookGeorgina Mason will be sharing the story of Gonalston Farm Shop from 10.30am to 11.15am; award-winning writer Hattie Ellis discusses her new book Spoonsful of Honey from11.45am to 12.30pm; and between 1.30pm and 2.15pm, Diana Birch of WI Enterprises will be talking about The WI Cookbook, a fascinating insight into the organisation’s baking history which has been produced to celebrate its centenary.

Also on hand from 2.45pm to 3.30pm will be the Cook&Book team Julia Pirie and Jackie Skinner, there to whip up a couple of seasonal recipes garnished with some springtime readings.

Entry to the Food Fair, held in the main hall, is free; tickets for individual talks are £5 (£4 for concessions, £3 for Festival Friends) or £15, £12 and £10 for entry to all daytime events.

And to round off the day, how about joining The JollyGoodFellows Pudding Club for a two-course dinner with Pudding Platter, dessert wine tasting and poems about puddings too? Advance booking for this is essential and tickets are £25 each.

Click here for more details; to book your tickets for the talks or dinner, visit The Bookcase at 50 Main Street, Lowdham or call the Lowdham Festivals Box Office on 0115 966 3219.